Writing for children and young people with author Leila Rasheed
|| Writing for children and young people with author Leila Rasheed
|| One to One Email Correspondence. |
|| 10 weeks. |
|| £300 |
About the course
The course is tailored to individual students, but is likely to cover at least some of the following:
Character, action and conflict.
Plot and structure.
Points of view.
Creating active scenes: how to make your writing multi-task.
Fitting the story to the age range.
Showing and telling: why you need both, and how to use them effectively.
The art of villainy: creating memorable antagonists.
Wardrobes and whirlwinds: how to get your story off to a flying start.
Exit, pursued by an orc: creating satisfying endings.
We’ll use writing exercises and writing games, and there’ll be suggested reading which draws on contemporary children’s literature.
About the Tutor
Leila's first novel, for 8 – 12 year olds, was published by Usborne in 2008 and swiftly followed by two sequels. 'Chips, Beans and Limousines' has been long and short-listed for a number of different prizes,
and was a Red House Read of the Year. Leila has just completed a time-slip novel for young adults, 'The World Turned Upside Down', as a commission for the Stratford
Upon Avon Literary Festival.
In 2009 Leila was Honorary Teaching Fellow on the Warwick MA in Writing, and also runs writing workshops for children and teenagers. She has an
MA in Children's Literature and an MA (distinction) in Writing. Before deciding to write full time, Leila was a children’s bookseller, first at Waterstone's
and then at an independent children's bookshop. She lives in Birmingham, but spends a lot of time in the south of Italy,
where she hopes in the future to set up a writing retreat for children's writers.