Creative Writing - Writing for Children

This course may be delivered online - please see the course information box to confirm.

This course aims to encourage and inform students who are interested in writing short stories, novels, poetry, plays, picture books and non-fiction for children and young adults.

Course Content

  1. Getting Started
  2. Knowing your reader
  3. Character building
  4. Plotting and planning
  5. Themes. Setting and dialogue
  6. Writing for under 5's
  7. Writing for 5-12's
  8. Young Adult
  9. Publishing
  10. Moving Forward

Entry Requirements

To be eligible for this course you must be 19 or over on the start date of the course.

Level 2 literacy (GCSE A*-C or equivalent) or above recommended for this course.

First Class Requirements

Pen and Paper or laptop

Attendance Requirements

It is very important to attend all classes, if possible. However, if you are unable to attend for any reason, please notify the tutor in advance, so they can liaise with you on the work covered in that session.

Assessment Methods

Interactive lectures, in-class and at-home assignments and writing exercises, peer and tutor feedback and discussion

Further Study Options

Freelance writing for children Other creative writing courses and journalism courses.

Additional Information

As a result of the government’s closure of schools and colleges, some of our courses will be delivered through remote learning including video conferencing, (using Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams) and email contact with your tutor.

If your course is indicated as an ONLINE COURSE, you will need either a PC (with a camera and microphone), laptop, tablet, smartphone and access to the internet to be able to join the lessons. Lessons will run at the published time – so be ready and set up to join in.

We hope you will enjoy this new approach to learning – many of our learners have commented on how they are enjoying the classes and have improved their IT and digital skills in the process.

Please don't worry if some of this is new to you - you are not alone! See here for guidance on how to use our simple software. If you are experiencing any problems with connection or installing software for your online class please contact our learning resource team on We are here to help you.

If a student dislikes taking part in a workshop session they can hand in their work for private consideration by the tutor.

If you require further course information that is not answered in this outline please email