Writing for Children Course

Oisín McGann works full time as an author and illustrator. He has written and illustrated numerous books for young children, including the Mad Grandad series and The Forbidden Files series. He has also published eleven novels.

Next start date: 6th February 2018

Price: €150

Places are strictly limited to 12 – early booking advisable.

This online writing for children course has six modules that will cover the basics of storytelling and the specific aspects of writing for children and young adults.

Areas that will be looked at include: how to generate ideas; how to use observation; description of both character and setting; using dialogue and ensuring a good pace and plot, as well as how to tailor your writing for different age groups. There will be short practical exercises at each stage of the course and Oisin will provide written feedback on those exercises. You’ll also be given tips on how to get published, and how to market your books once you get published.

“I really enjoyed Oisín’s course.  I found that Oisín had very practical advice and his insights into the business side of publishing were very interesting.  My favourite part of the course was doing the exercises and getting the feedback.  I loved having deadlines!  I really found that Oisín’s feedback was very helpful and my writing benefitted as a result.” Brenda, Cork

“I thought the writing for children course was fantastic. It was structured well and the exercises were interesting and challenging. I feel I really got a lot out of the feedback and the hints and tips were extremely helpful, and I’m putting some into practice as we speak!” Nigel

Please note that this course is suitable for people who would like to write for children or young adults. If you are looking for a writing course which is suitable for children or teenagers, please click here for our Creative Writing Course for Children (suitable for 8-11 year olds) or here for our Writing for Teenagers course.

If you have any further queries, or to find out more about how the online courses work, you can check out our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at info@creativewriting.ie

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There are three payment options: online (by credit card or Visa debit), post (cheque, bank draft or postal order) and finally, bank transfer/lodgement.

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BANK TRANSFER/LODGEMENT: If you’d like to pay by bank transfer or make a lodgement, you can contact us at info@creativewriting.ie for our bank account details.


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