Creative Writing Course for Children

With Emma Read. Starting 11/08/2022

Start Date: 11th August 2022

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This online creative writing course for children is for 7-12 year old students. The student doesn’t have to be online at a set day or time, so the course will fit into the student’s schedule.

There are six modules over the course of six weeks. The student will receive weekly notes, tips and assignments to help them. The tutor will read each assignment and the student will receive written feedback on the assignments.

The tutor will email you on the course start date with your first module; please check your Spam/Junk folder for this email.

 

Week One: So, Seriously – Storytelling?

Let’s begin with an introduction to stories – why do we tell them, have we always told them, and where can we find them? Here’s a hint: they are all around us! 

In this module we will discover tales from the Stone Age and narratives hidden within videogames. We’ll also explore what stories might look like in the future.

 

Week Two: Inspiration and Ideas

In week two, we will look at where ideas come from and how we can find them. 

During this session you will uncover some techniques that can make ideas flow from your creative mind, even if you think there is nothing there! We will then learn how to grow those ideas and build on them to create a story.

 

Week Three: Creating Characters

In this module, you will learn how to craft characters that feel like real, authentic people who are just right for your story. 

We will ask these characters what they want and who is stopping them from getting it? Then, we will give them something to do – whatever that may be, is up to you!

 

Week Four: Wonderful Worlds

Have you ever wanted to invent a whole new place – maybe somewhere ordinary, or even out-of-this-world? Now is your chance.

In week four, we’ll discover different environments, how to describe them, and how to make them feel real – even if they are utterly incredible! Then, we’ll look at how your character fits in the new world that you’ve created.

 

Week Five: Solid Structures

This week, we will begin to discover how to construct a plot for your story. 

We’ll explore ‘acts’ as an interesting way to chop a story into easy chunks that we can work with and develop. You will also explore how to think of a story as an adventurous mountain to climb.

 

Week Six: Prose, Plays, Poems, and Pictures

We’ll finish the course by looking at how to combine all of the modules into your preferred form of storytelling, be it narrative, script, poetry, or graphic novel/comic.

 

You’ll also begin to think about what kind of writing craft techniques you will need to perfect your dialogue and presentation.

If you have any further queries, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.co.nz.

Our cancellation/refund policy may be viewed here.

About The Tutor

Emma Read is a children’s author and creative writing mentor and tutor. Her debut novel for young readers, Milton the Mighty, was one of The Times’ Best Children’s Books of 2019. It also won the N. Somerset Teachers Award and was shortlisted for the Bath Children’s Novel Award. Other published works include short stories and flash fiction. Emma provides mentoring to unagented writers and, when possible, also runs in-person workshops for schools, libraries and festivals.

 

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Course Details

  • Start Date: 11/08/2022
  • Duration: 6 weeks
  • Price: 299 NZD