Online: Develop Your Writing for Children Skills

Aleesah Darlison

27 April to 3 May 2022, online

Full Price: $210
Member: $155
Conc Member: $135

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Become more articulate, develop crucial writing skills, and expand your writer’s toolbox through the exploration of literary devices that work well in children’s books.

Literary devices are techniques that writers use to add layers of meaning to their stories and to create more engaging, compelling narratives. Examples include alliteration, imagery and symbolism. The use of literary devices lifts your story from the everyday ho-hum and helps ensure that it becomes more enjoyable to read, that it resonates with readers, and that it is truly memorable.

Using a mix of technical instruction, real-life examples, and practical writing exercises, award-winning author Aleesah Darlison will share everything you need to know to effectively use literary devices in your writing. You’ll learn how to analyse a piece of writing to identify the literary techniques being used, and will develop your skills as you practise using various devices in your own writing.

You’ll gain a deeper understanding of how to use key literary devices to great effect in children’s book, and how to add layers to your own writing so that it offers more to prospective publishers, child readers, teachers and parents.

Ensure that your writing stands out from the crowd and have fun discovering and playing with literary devices that readers simply love!

This course involves submitting short writing exercises, and giving and receiving peer feedback. Participants will receive limited tutor feedback.

Is this course right for you? Read our FAQ >

Expected learning outcomes

Participants will

  1. Gain an understanding of various literary techniques, including those most often utilised in children’s books.
  2. Develop confidence in identifying literary devices.
  3. Build skills at effectively using literary devices through practise and feedback.

Participant requirements

We’ve designed this online course to meet your learning needs. You can work through the lesson material, ask questions, and engage with fellow writers throughout the course. Internet access and confidence using basic computer software are essential for this program. Please read our FAQ before enrolling.

Please expect to spend a minimum of six hours on the course, noting that the amount of time needed to read, respond to discussions, write, revise and critique will vary from person to person.

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