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The Art and Craft of Children's Fiction 2

Course Times & Enrolment

Mondays from 15th April 2019 (Code CW090-303) Add to Basket Mondays from
15th April 2019 6:30pm - 8:20pm • (10 classes)
Holyrood Campus • Tutor: Janis Mackay MA
£127.00 Concessions and discounts

Course Summary

A course designed for writers who have already completed The Art and Craft of Children’s Fiction 1, and/or for people with some experience of writing for children. The course asks students to focus on a project – such as the first chapters of a novel for children, and in-depth feedback will form part of the work.

Course Details

Pre-requisites for enrolment

Students on this course should have completed The Art and Craft of Children’s Fiction 1 and/or some previous experience of writing for children.

Teaching method(s)

Workshop based with some readings/lectures/sharing of writing

Learning outcomes

Intended learning outcomes

This course covers key aspects of children’s fiction with particular attention devoted to writing, editing and submitting for publication.


1. Writing craft – show and tell

2. Writing craft – point of view. Whose story is it?

3. Writing craft – strong characters and strong motivation.

4. Writing craft – plot and levels of conflict.

5. Writing craft – action and dialogue.

6. Editing craft – the structural edit.

7. Editing craft – the line edit.

8. Editing craft – synopsis and blurb

9. Submitting craft – agents and publishers

10. Review of course and sharing the fruits of the term’s work.

Transferable skills


  • Giving and receiving feedback.
  • Editing and re-drafting.
  • Engaging with publishers.
  • Writing synopsis and blurb.



Core Readings


Black A and C. 2011 .The Children’s Writers and Artists Yearbook. London: A&C Black

Kinney, J,. 2015. ‘Old School,’ Diary of a Wimpy Kid. London: Puffin Books.

Walliams, D. 2016. Awful Auntie. London: Harper Collins Publishers.

White, E.B. 2014. Charlotte’s Web. London: Puffin Books.

Dahl, R. 2013. Matilda. London: Puffin Books.

Web Sources

Class Handouts

There will be handouts given each week


If you have questions regarding the course or enrolment, please contact COL Reception at Paterson's Land by email or by phone 0131 650 4400.

Student support

If you have a disability, learning difficulty or health condition which may affect your studies, please let us know by ticking the 'specific support needs' box on your course application form. This will allow us to make appropriate adjustments in advance and in accordance with your rights under the Equality Act 2010. For more information please visit the Student Support section of our website.