Do you want to learn from some of your favourite authors? Have you always wanted to write? Do you want to write but can’t seem to find the time? Do you have an idea for a novel but aren’t sure how to get started? Have you started a novel but can’t seem to progress?
The Writers' Academy offers a variety of creative writing courses that will provide you with support, advice and the practical tools to aid you in the writing process.
24th and 25th January 2014, Hotel du Vin Brighton
Have you ever told a story to a child at bedtime and thought, “I should have written that down.”? Or maybe you’ve got an idea but have never got round to putting it on paper? Or perhaps you’d just like to have a go and see if you could? Well, here’s your opportunity!
This two-day course offers you the chance to come up with and develop a story idea for 3- to 7-year-olds, from scratch - and by the end of the two days it will be written and ready for illustration. Your tutor will be Alan Durant, the award-winning author of over eighty books for children, including the acclaimed picture books Always and Forever, Burger Boy and Dear Father Christmas.
With the help of some lively games and exercises, he’ll guide you through the process of writing a book for young children: finding the right idea, honing your style, creating appealing characters and composing an engaging story from beginning to end. He’ll also be able to give you advice about collaborating with an illustrator. Plus, on the final day, you will have the priceless opportunity to get feedback on your story from Sue Buswell, Deputy Publisher at Random House Children’s Publishing.
Whether you want to write children’s books for publication or for your own family, or both, this is the course for you!
Feedback for our previous two-day creative writing course taught by Audrey Niffenegger in April 2013
“Thank you - amazing opportunity. You must do more courses!”
“Excellent! Really interesting and just the right size of group”
“Even better than expected”
“The discursive nature of the course was very effective in putting across the material being communicated. It was excellent. We were looked after well at the hotel too”
Taught by Random House authors and experienced creative writing tutors the courses will guide you through various aspects of the storytelling process from concept to completion.
Some courses will also include tips from Random House editors on how to edit your work (a key skill in the writing process), and how to get published, including advice on how and when to submit your book to agents.
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