A university-style course for writers of children’s fiction, with a modular structure designed to give students flexible access to specialist teaching from industry leaders
Extensive, interactive, and flexible
An extensive, interactive, and flexible 12-week course for writers of children’s fiction.
With the support of experienced industry professionals, interrogate craft aspects, challenge your writing, fine-tune your skills, receive valuable feedback, and gain exclusive insights into the world of publishing, all while meeting like-minded writers.
A course tailored to your needs
Inspired by a university creative writing programme, WriteMentor is carefully designed so you can create a writing course tailored to your own needs, expectations, and ambitions.
Choose from a range of modules and access workshops, talks, and masterclasses, while gaining the support of your peers through critique groups.
Creating new connections
Taking place over a period of 12 weeks, the course gives you time to develop your writing at your own pace, dive deeper into each course area, and get to know your fellow students.
And it’s these connections that make this course stand out. Long after the course has ended, continue to grow as a writer with the support of WMLit alumni.
Start date: Monday 11th January 2022
Duration: 12 weeks
Platform: Slack and Zoom
Course coordinator: Florianne Humphrey (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Level: Intermediate to advanced. For those who have mastered the basics of writing a novel and/or have written one or more novels.
Cost: £299 introductory price with flexible payment options available.
Time: Varies depending on option choices.
Choose 1 out of 3 core workshops
These workshops cover the fundamental craft aspects of writing for children and teens.
Choose 1 out of 2 optional workshops
Optional modules expand on the core topics to help you fine-tune your writing.
Pitch your work to a panel of 3 literary agents and compete for the universally acclaimed PitchHero LIVE title!
4 guest masterclasses and author insight chats
A leading author shares their expertise on a writing-related topic, or details their writing life and processes.
Book analysis class
Analyse and interpret published children’s books with the support of an author to draw inspiration for your own writing.
4 x group tutorials with your assigned tutor
Live tutorial groups with our core tutors based on age categories (Chapter Book, Lower and Upper Middle Grade, and Young Adult)
Work with a group of fellow WriteCraft students to share your work to exchange feedback and improve craft.
Optional add-ons such as 5/10k critiques from your tutor, 1-2-1 tutorials, extra modules
Tailor the course to your own needs and expectations with optional add-ons, pushing your writing that extra mile.
Course modules and classes
Our core modules focus on the fine-tuning those fundamentals, while our masterclasses and optional modules look to stretch your craft further.
Core module: Creating book characters with author Emma Read
Join Milton the Mighty author Emma Read as she leads you through a six-week exploration of writing book characters
Fortnightly: Wednesday 8-9pm
Core module: Writing fundamentals with author Lindsay Galvin
Improve your storytelling at the word and sentence level, develop your writing style, and refine your fine editing skills with author Lindsay Galvin
Fortnightly: Mondays 8-9pm
Core module: Exploring aspects of writing craft with author Alexandra Sheppard
Join Alex for 6 slack-based workshops to hone and master the main craft components to help you write a Middle Grade or Young Adult novel
Fortnightly: Tuesday 8-9pm
Interpreting and analysing children’s fiction with Dr Liz Flanagan
Author Dr Liz Flanagan will host a fortnightly book analysis session (1 hour) where she will lead a discussion and analysis on that fortnight’s book from the reading list.
You will discusses themes and prominent craft aspects from the book, both giving your own thoughts, and considering others, too.
Liz will give you a ‘take-away’ writing task to apply to your own WIP or something new.
The reading list is below:
- A Kind of Spark, Elle McNicoll
- When Life Gives You Mangoes, Kereen Getten
- When the Sky Falls, Phil Earle
- Asha and the Spirit Bird, Jasbinder Bilan
- The Weather Weaver, Tamsin Mori
- Dragon Daughter, Liz Flanagan
Fortnightly: Tuesday 7-8pm
World-Building Masterclass with author Vashti Hardy
1 hour masterclass (40 minutes teaching with 15 minutes for Q&A) on building imaginative and believable worlds that will hook your reader and immerse them so deeply they’ll forget where they are!
Conflict and Antagonism Masterclass with author Penny Joelson
1 hour masterclass (40 minutes teaching with 15 minutes for Q&A) on how to up the conflict in your novel, and to raise the stakes with top antagonists.
Author Insights with author Phil Earle
1 hour discussion with author Phil Earle, on his writing process, his journey and life as a published author – warts and all!
Author Insights with author Aisha Bushby
1 hour discussion with author Aisha Bushby, on her writing process, her journey and life as a published author – warts and all!
Optional module: Finding your voice with editor Catherine Coe
Editors and agents often ask for a ‘strong voice’, but what exactly does that mean and how can you achieve it?
During this module you’ll learn what voice is, different types of voice and how to examine voice. You’ll also discover your natural voice and learn techniques to develop and change voice.
Workshop 1: What is voice?
Workshop 2: Different voices
Workshop 3: What’s your voice?
Workshop 4: Developing voice
Fortnightly: Wednesday 7-8pm
Optional module: Catching an editor’s eye with Simran Sandhu
Following a 1 hour masterclass packed with top tips from a children’s editor at MacMillan, Sim will lead 5 further 1 hour sessions, where she will read and give live feedback on your (anonymous and volunteered) novel openings, including tips on how to improve, the major pitfalls to avoid and how stand out from the pile and catch an editor’s eye.
Fortnightly: Monday 7-8pm
(subject to minor changes – all Zoom events will be recorded if you cannot attend live)
|Week||Date||Group Tutorial (Zoom)||Workshop (Live on Slack/Zoom)||Workshop (Live on Slack/Zoom)||Workshop (Live on Slack/Zoom)|
|1||10 Jan||Lindsay||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|2||17 Jan||Emma||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 1 (Tues 7-8pm)|
|3||24 Jan||Alex||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|4||31 Jan||Lindsay||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 2 (Tues 7-8pm)||Catherine (Wed 7-8pm)|
|5||7 Feb||Emma||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|6||14 Feb||Alex||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 3 (Tues 7-8pm)||Catherine (Wed 7-8pm)|
|7||21 Feb||Lindsay||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|8||28 Feb||Emma||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 4 (Tues 7-8pm)||Catherine (Wed 7-8pm)|
|9||7 Mar||Alex||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|10||14 Mar||Lindsay||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 5 (Tues 7-8pm)||Catherine (Wed 7-8pm)|
|11||21 Mar||Emma||Lindsay (Mon 8-9pm)||Alex (Tues 8-9pm)||Emma (Weds 8-9pm)|
|12||28 Mar||Alex||Sim (Mon 7-8pm)||Liz Book 6 (Tues 7-8pm)|
Meet the course tutors
Meet the visiting authors
Sessions will be held on a Thursday evening (again recorded for anyone who cannot attend live)
We are funding 5 scholarship places on this course – part of our eternal commitment to ensure money isn’t a barrier to writers. These will be assessed and awarded on the basis of the application below.
As always, we don’t dictate who can apply, or ask that you show us any evidence or give any personal information you are not comfortable with.
However, we do ask that you apply your best moral judgement and only apply for the scholarship if the cost of the course is completely beyond your means. Not that you don’t fancy paying for it, or you think you’d rather not pay, and want a freebie, but that you are desperate to do the course, and there would be no other possibility of doing it without the scholarship.
We say that to ensure that it’s those most in need who are considered for the spots. We also ask that you pass this onto any friends who are talented but unable to pay for courses or mentoring to help them.
Ready to learn from experienced professionals about writing for children?