1047 WRITING FOR CHILDREN: A CHILD’S POINT OF VIEW
Lesley Beake, writer
This course will look at what goes into good writing for young readers. Many examples from stories that have worked and suggestions about how to make the magic happen will be supplied. Most importantly, the sessions will constantly reference the reader: the child for whom the story is created.
Good writing for children has to travel from the writer’s heart, through the writer’s mind, by way of a keyboard and a long publishing schedule before it reaches the child. Exercises and examples will show participants methods that can help make this journey from idea to manuscript a successful one.
1. Beginnings and thought processes
2. Practicalities – and readers
3. Voice, structure, plan
4. Empathy – getting under the skin
5. Landscape – a sense of place and time
Beake, L. 2015. Song of be. Cape Town: Maskew Miller Longman.
Pullman, P. 2015. The golden compass. New York: Alfred A. Knopf Books.
Books by either Niki or Jude Daly, and any children’s writing by Gcina Mhlophe, are recommended