Creative Writing Course for Children In Australia | The Writing Quarter
During our Creative Writing Course for Children you will be led by Emma Read, children’s author of Milton the Mighty, on a six-week exploration of all things ‘story’! You’ll learn how to make people, create entire worlds, and discover new places to find ideas from – even if you’re stuck.
Emma will guide you step-by-step through a series of fun and engaging modules, which will open up your mind to the possibilities of writing stories. Each week, you will receive constructive feedback on your completed tasks to help you to develop and improve your skills.
By the end of this six week course, you will understand the fundamental techniques of creative writing and have a broader idea of all different kinds of storytelling, including narrative, poetry, scripts and graphic novels. Come and be creative and see what wonderful stories you uncover! Please note that this is a course for children.
Start Date: 13th June 2022 – 2 places remaining
Our courses are in huge demand and are filling up very quickly, so we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.
This creative writing course for children is an online course and is suitable for 7-12 year old students.
The course is carried out through email correspondence, so the student doesn’t have to be online at a particular day or time.
It is divided up into six modules over the course of six weeks. The student will be given weekly notes, tips and assignments to help them.
The tutor will read each assignment and provide written feedback.
Outline of our Creative Writing Course for Children
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age range is the Creative Writing Course for Children suitable for?
The Creative Writing Course for Children is suitable for young writers aged 7-12.
The exercises and assignments set by the tutor are adaptable to suit a range of writing abilities, so that the student will benefit as much as possible from the course.
The tutor will also set stretch goals for older or more advanced writers.
Are there any online writing courses suitable for older children/teenagers?
We also provide a Creative Writing Course for Teenagers. This course is suitable for writers aged 12 and over.
You can find out all of the information about the teenagers course here. We also offer a variety of other courses for adults.
How do I know that this class is right for my child?
The Creative Writing Course for Children is suitable for any youngster who loves to display their creativity.
Students will explore the fundamental skills and techniques of creative writing, but the most important part of the course is to have fun when writing!
Which topics will be covered in the Creative Writing Course for Children?
Throughout the six weeks, students will discover a variety of creative writing elements. They will learn how to develop their ideas, create characters, describe settings, structure their writing and explore different forms.
Will children receive any feedback on their work?
Every week, students will receive detailed written feedback on the work that they produce.
Feedback will highlight good elements of the writing, as well provide some suggestions for possible improvements. Feedback will encourage and support children through their assignments.
Are there any special requirements for the course?
Students only need an internet connection and a device to access the class notes.
The course is carried out via email correspondence, so assignments can be carried out at a time that is suitable for each child.
How do I sign up for the Creative Writing Course for Children?
It’s easy to sign up for the course! Simply visit the course page and click the ‘Book Now’ button on the right-hand side of the screen.
You can then make a payment and enter your contact details. We will email you within the next 48 hours to confirm your booking.