Fierce, Funny, True: Writing for Children

Lisa Shanahan

6 x Tuesdays: 20, 27 August; 3, 10, 17, 24 September, 6:30-9:30pm

Full Price: $600
Member: $420
Conc Member: $360

Where do captivating ideas for children’s books really come from? How do you make a picture book text work? What does it truly take to write a middle-grade novel that lingers and lasts?

Join award-winning writer Lisa Shanahan for an engaging and interactive six-week course for early and emerging writers. Learn the art and craft of writing for children, from picture books to junior novels to middle-grade fiction. Explore the essential narrative requirements of all of these forms, including the key differences. Discover how to create convincing, believable characters and how to develop a strong, dynamic voice. Study the important fundamentals of structure, setting, plot, dialogue and emotional resonance.

Through practical exercises, discussion and reflection, students will consider fresh ways of harvesting original ideas from memory and observation, as well as discovering the power and significance of poetic and playful line-by-line writing. Students will review the importance of editing and redrafting, when and where to deploy a critical eye, and how to process feedback favourably.

An overview of the children’s book publishing industry will also be given, including issues regarding submission, layout of manuscripts, finding publishers and agents, and the practical daily business of being a writer.

Participant Requirements

Bring your favourite children’s book, plus pen and paper.

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Fierce, Funny, True: Writing for Children


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