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Course TitleModuleSub-HeadingsContent
Introduction to Children’s Fiction1.1Who are you writing for?Age categories, genre and word counts.
1.2IdeasPiecing your ideas together and reflecting upon those which are story worthy
1.3Getting startedTesting out ideas, planning and basic structure
1.4Making charactersMotivation, wants, goals, needs and obstacles
1.5Openings and HooksHow to open your story and keep a reader hooked
1.6Finding Ideas (PB and Novelists)Where to find ideas by Clare Helen Welsh
1.7Pitching (PB and Novelists)How to write a pitch by Clare Helen Welsh
1.8Writing For Younger ReadersYoung Middle Grade, early readers, chapter books by Emma Read
1.9AgentsList of UK and Rest of the World agents (that we know of!)
1.10Writing and Submitting a Children’s NovelTips by Literary Agent and Author Chloe Seager
1.11Competition Opportunities for Children’s Writers A range of WriteMentor and other opportunities to enter your work
Basics of writing craft2.1Story PremiseDevelop a premise which is hooky, engaging, emotionally laced and jam-packed with conflicts.
2.2Who’s story is it anyway?Developing a main character and developing their story through their flaws and their past
2.3Ch-Ch-ChangesDriving story through agency and change
2.4The ResistanceConflict, obstacles and antagonists
2.5Show versus TellThe art of letting our reader’s brains do the unconscious work
2.6Rhyming Picture Books: MetreHow to write Rhyming Picture Books with brilliant… METRE by Catherine Emmett
2.7Rhyming Picture Books: RhymeHow to write Rhyming Picture Books with brilliant… RHYME by Catherine Emmett
Keeping going and finishing that draft3.1Routine and habitCreating a writing routine which can work around our busy lives
3.2Keeping trackHow to keep track of your characters and plot, so you don’t lose it!
3.3Sticky middlesHow to keep going when that initial energy and story buzz dissipates by Emma Read
3.4OutliningFor those who don’t want to ‘pants’a whole novel
3.5StructureUsing well-known structural models and usign them to help signpost your novel and keep it from getting lost
3.6Writer’s BlockTechniques To Overcome Writer’s Block
3.7Mental Health and WellbeingHow to ensure you take care of the most important character: YOU!
Editing and rewriting4.1Starting at the endEstablishing distance from your work. Reading your manuscript like a reader. Writing sales and marketing copy to crystallize your vision for the book.
4.2Structural Editing (Part One)Your character journeys. Heroes and Villains. Asking the right questions and keeping focus. Common character based structural edits to bear in mind.
4.3Structural Editing (Part Two)Plotting and structure. Story beats, 5 act and other common structures. Climactic points in a story. Ways of representing structure. Planning your second draft.
4.4Line editingThis section is designed for after a redraft. Beta readers. Scene-by-scene work. Copy-editing.
4.5Critique partners/groupsAdvantages to getting other eyes on your work
Advanced writing craft 5.1Plot versus storyWhat is the difference? by Melinda Salisbury
5.1.1Plot versus story (Part Two)What is the difference? by Emma Read
5.2Stakes and emotion (Part One)How to raise the stakes and amplify the emotional effect of the consequences
5.2.1Stakes and emotion (Part Two)By Melinda Salisbury
5.3Character agencyDriving the plot via character actions/choices
5.4Murphy’s Law (Part One)7 reasons why every children’s writer must get used to being mean by Liz Flanagan
5.4.1Murphy’s Law (Part Two)What can go wrong, should go wrong! By Melinda Salisbury
Submitting to agents6.1First 3 chaptersTips on how to make those first chapters draw in your reader and get a request for more! By Aisha Bushby
6.2The Query LetterTips and a template to help your letter be personalised, polite and professional. By Aisha Bushby
6.3The Dreaded SynopsisEasy step by step guide to writing a synopsis. By Aisha Bushby
6.4Which agent? And following THEIR instructionsA comprehensive list of all UK agents and links to their wishlists and submission instructions.
6.5When to press sendBy Clare Helen Welsh
6.6While you wait…Advice and tips on how to survive the wait once you press send.
6.7What to do if you get an offerAdvice and tips on what to do, say and ask if you are offered reprentation.
6.8RejectionThe gift of rejection by Clare Helen Welsh
6.9An Alternative To Agents: Self-PublishingRead the experience of Marisa Noelle
6.10Everything You Need To Know About… Agents!For Picture Bookers by Clare Helen Welsh
6.11Everything You Need To Know About… Publishers!For Picture Bookers by Clare Helen Welsh
Writing as a career7.1On submission to publishers: Maz EvansTop advice by Maz Evans
7.1.1On submission to publishers: Lindsay GalvinRead the experience of Lindsay Galvin
7.1.2On submission to publishers: Simon James GreenTop advice from Simon James Green
7.2Getting a deal and the countdown to publication: Maz EvansOnce the champagne stops fizzing, it’s time to edit, edit, and more edit.
7.2.1Countdown to publication: Lindsay Galvin: Part OneRead the experience of Lindsay Galvin
7.2.2Countdown to publication: Lindsay Galvin: Part TwoRead the experience of Lindsay Galvin
7.2.3Countdown to publication: Simon James GreenStep by step guide on what to expect from Simon James Green
7.3The Debut year: Maz EvansEmbracing that once in a lifetime experience and the pitfalls to avoid
7.3.1The Debut year: Lindsay GalvinRead the experience of Lindsay Galvin
7.3.2The Debut year: Simon James GreenRead the experience of Simon James Green
7.3.3The Debut year: Alexandra SheppardRead the experience of Alexandra Sheppard
7.4Writing that tricky second novelIdeas and experiences on how to approach that next novel by Maz Evans and FRIENDS
7.4.1Writing that tricky second novel: Lindsay GalvinRead the experience of Lindsay Galvin
7.4.2Writing that tricky second novel: Simon James GreenRead the experience of Simon James Green
7.5Writing as a career: Maz EvansTips and advice on how to write for a living
7.5.1Writing as a career: Simon James GreenTips and advice on how to write for a living
7.5.2Writing as a career: Alexandra SheppardTips and advice on how to write for a living
7.6Social MediaAdvice on how to best utilise social media as a published author: Lauren James
7.7WebsitesAdvice on how to best design and utilise a website as a published author: Lauren James
7.8GoodreadsAdvice on how to best utilise Goodreads as a published author: Lauren James
7.9NewslettersAdvice on how to produce and grow newsletters as a published author: Lauren James
7.10Author VisitsTop tips on author visits from Maz Evans