Courses

At the Writers’ Advice Centre, we offer two different types of course:

•    A correspondence home study course – Write for Children and Get Published
•    Writers’ workshops – Writing for Children


The workshops are completely separate from our home study course, however home study students would benefit from attending day courses should they get the opportunity.

Home study course – Write for Children and Get Published – £300

This is a highly individual and personalised tuition service based on Louise Jordan’s book How to Write for Children and Get Published. The course is run and tutored by Louise herself and each student will receive a copy of Louise’s book, plus support material to help guide them through each module.

This is different to any other home study course on the market in that it is run solely by one tutor – Louise herself. Louise believes that the relationship between student and tutor is the most important thing and, as a result, the emphasis is on her personal feedback rather than fancy course material. For this reason the number of students that can be accepted at any one time is limited and places are given on application only.

The course consists of ten modules:
•    The Picture Book
•    Young Fiction
•    Writing Fiction for the Educational Market
•    General Fiction for 8 – 12 year-olds
•    Teenage Fiction
•    The Short Story
•    Non-Fiction
•    Poetry
•    Self-Publishing
•    Presentation and Approach

Each module consists of a set number of exercises that must be completed before a student can progress to the next module. There will also be a reading list provided for each module. By the time a student reaches Module 10, the aim is that they will have a piece, or pieces, of work that they could realistically submit to a publisher or agent.

The first module is provided as hard copy as part of the introductory pack. However the rest of the course is conducted by email correspondence. If this is not possible, the course can be conducted by post.


Testimonials

"I am finding this writing course very enjoyable and feel inspired by the assignments. I find your feedback particularly motivating and believe that signing up to this course has not only developed my writing confidence, but is one of the best things I did for my writing career." - K White

"I have thoroughly enjoyed the home study course. I have particularly appreciated the fact that the modules have been so varied, and have covered all the different age groups.  When I started the course I thought I would only enjoy writing stories for young children, but I was proved quite wrong!" - Jill Moseley

Prices

Main course consisting of ten modules - £300

How to book and pay

Once we’ve received your payment we will contact you with a course start date. Should your application be refused the payment will be refunded in full. If you would rather not pay through our website then please contact us and we can offer other options.

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  •   Pay by cheque: Please send a cheque made payable to The Writers’ Advice Centre to our offices at The Writers’ Advice Centre (for Children’s Books), Shakespeare House, 168 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TG.

Terms

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Writers’ workshops – Writing for Children

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We run regular workshop days throughout the year. These are led by Louise Jordan and take the form of group tutoring. They are structured around various subjects related to children’s publishing and occasionally guest speakers are invited. The day includes lunch and refreshments.

Our workshops take place at a variety of locations – sometimes at our own offices in Shakespeare House and sometimes at alternative locations in the surrounding south London area. All workshop locations are very easy to reach by public transport from central London.

Students have found that our workshop days are an invaluable source of information and also a great way of meeting up with other writers. There is no doubt that writing can be an isolated and frustrating occupation. We understand this and hope that our days offer support and encouragement as well as information.

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Testimonials

"I thought the workshop session was terrific and have now read your book as well. Both combined stacks of clear advice and hard-headed realism with inspiring enthusiasm. Many thanks for all the superb information." - N Speight

"Thank you for facilitating such an excellent workshop yesterday. I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to write for children. Experienced writers would definitely benefit from it as well. Pure gold!" - A Chisambo

Spring WORKSHOP Programme - 2017

This term we have decided to run two smaller workshops in the form of ‘workshop lunches’. These workshops will be for a maximum of seven people and will take place at our offices in Shakespeare House. They will run over two Friday lunchtimes and, because of the intimate size of each group, will be relaxed and flexible in approach.

Working lunch

Workshop Lunch 1: Jumping Off the Slushpile

Date: Friday, 27th January 2017
Time: 12 noon – 3pm
Cost: £75 per person, to include lunch and refreshments
Place: Shakespeare House, 168 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TG
Tutor: Louise Jordan, Managing Editor of The Writers’ Advice Centre, Publisher at Wacky Bee Books and author of How To Write for Children and Get Published (Piatkus).

The aim of this workshop is learning how to get your work noticed by publishers and agents. In publishing ‘approach’ is everything and Louise will take the group through everything they need to know, with plenty of time for individual discussion and questions. Louise worked as Reader for Puffin for over twenty years, so if anyone knows a thing or two about approach, it’s her.

How to book and pay

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Workshop Lunch 2: Writing Illustrated Books for Wacky Bee

Date: Friday, 24th March 2017
Time: 12 noon – 3pm
Cost: £75 per person, to include lunch and refreshments
Place: Shakespeare House, 168 Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TG
Tutor: Louise Jordan, Managing Editor of The Writers’ Advice Centre, Publisher at Wacky Bee Books and author of How To Write for Children and Get Published (Piatkus).

This workshop will explore writing illustrated books for the 0 – 9 market, including writing books specifically for Wacky Bee. Whether you’re writing a picture book for under fives, or longer fiction for a slightly older market, Louise will guide the group through the relevant steps including the writing process, targeting and presentation. As with Workshop 1 there will be plenty of time for individual discussion and questions.

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About Shakespeare House

Shakespeare House

Shakespeare House is the home of both The Writers’ Advice Centre and Wacky Bee Books. It is a light and airy office building, located on Lavender Hill, just five minutes' walk from Clapham Junction mainline station. The nearest tube station is Clapham Common (Northern Line, twenty minutes' walk) and there is plenty of parking available in nearby Asda (approximately three minutes' walk).

Terms

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