This is a highly individual and personalized 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, ably assisted by senior editors when times get busy. 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 by just two people working closely together – Louise and Alison. The ‘get published’ element of the course is particularly relevant given that Louise also runs her own children’s publishing company, Wacky Bee Books. 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
- 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.