Course Description

Course Name

Writing for Children

Session: VLNS3421

Hours & Credits

20 UK Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Assessment: group Powerpoint presentation on one of the Key texts from the module, in light of key theoretical texts, exploring the impact these have had on student's own work [30%] OR reflective essay attached to a working file which comments on and critiques the creative process involved in writing the portfolio (1500 words)
Writing for Children is one of the fastest growing, most diverse and exciting areas of publishing. This module focuses on the practice and theory of writing fiction for children. We will read a wide range of theoretical texts exploring definitions and concepts of children?s literature, both concerning picture-books and texts for Young Adults (YA?s) enabling you to contextualise your own creative practice. Students will become familiar with the working methodologies of practising authors and illustrators, through a combination of lectures, seminars and secondary reading. They will explore a number of different disciplines, such as writing picture book texts; fiction for young readers (6-12 years old) and writing for YA?s. Each has its own special challenges and requirements. Each week we will frame our discussion of literary texts through a critical framework, and then explore the impact of these on your own work through workshops and writing exercises. Students will get constant feedback in class on their ideas and writing from the module tutor, peers, and later in the module, visiting professionals. Students will be expected to sign up in pairs to present a key text during the module, and explore ways in which it has impacted on their own work. This presentation will be assessed, and for 30% of the final grade. Students will receive additional support and feedback on this element of the module from both tutor and peers.

*Course content subject to change