Writing Fiction for Children – An Introduction (TUE)

Date(s) - 06/06/2017 - 25/07/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Norwich High School

With Isabelle King

The course will explore writing fiction for children aged 5-12. Perfect for those getting started in writing fiction for children.

This will be an enjoyable, interactive course consisting of creative writing exercises, reading texts and group discussion. The aim is to inspire ideas, give insight and encourage you to write and try new techniques in a relaxed, supportive environment. Throughout the course we will start new pieces of writing and discuss these in a friendly, constructive group. Towards the end of the course, you can select a piece which you would like to develop for the final session.

We will experiment with techniques which spark your imagination to start a story, explore character creation and development, examine texts and try our hands at different forms of writing for children as well as learn about children’s storytelling as an interactive art form.

For me, writing fiction for children is a wonderful way to unlock the imagination and engage with young people through the written word. I very much look forward to exploring this with you in class.

Week 1 – Group introduction and creative writing exercises.

Spark a story using dialogue, objects and images as inspiration.

Week 2 – Read and discuss pieces developed from the previous class.

Week 3 – Character creation and development.

Reading texts, group discussion and creative writing exercises.

Week 4 – Read and discuss pieces developed from the previous class.

Week 5 – Different styles and forms of writing for children.

Reading texts, group discussion and trying our hands at different forms and perspectives of writing.

Week 6 – Read and discuss pieces developed from the previous class.

Week 7 –  The arc of a story and interactive storytelling.

Watch films and listen to audio of interactive storytellers. Creative writing exercises to explore how we can develop the stories we have started throughout the course.

Week 8 – Explore and discuss our final pieces of work.


About the Tutor – Isabelle King








I am the author of a children’s book ‘The Norfolk Story Book’ which combines local history with imagination and fun. I’m currently touring primary schools as an author and performance storyteller with Norfolk and Norwich Festival ‘Norfolk Story Book’ workshops. This year, I was honoured to represent the east of England as judge for the National Express children’s writing competition. I have also had short stories for adults published in the Words And Women anthology. I am the founder of a Prince’s Trust supported enterprise Books Talk Back; literary events which support and promote new writing. www.isabelleking.net www.bookstalkback.com I look forward to meeting you in class.






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