Writing for children

Please note that this course has started or is now finished and enrolment may no longer be possible.

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Please note this course has very few places left - there is a repeat of this course in June 2012.

You want to write for children but would benefit from professional support and advice. This short intensive course will help you identify and develop successful themes and approaches by combining practical, critical and creative exercises with an appreciation of the history and evolution of children’s literature.

Course Programme

Friday 13 April 2012

Please plan to arrive between 4:30 and 6:30. You can meet other course members in the bar which opens at 6:15. Tea and Coffee making facilities are available in the study bedrooms.

19:15 Dinner
20:30 Welcome, introduction, outline of the course and discussion of students’ principal interests
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Saturday 14 April 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Plot – what makes a good story
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Character – how to make characters three-dimensional and believable personalities
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Free
16:00 Tea
16:30 Point of view and narrative voice – establishing who knows what
19:15 Dinner
20:30 Dialogue – making it realistic and using it to progress plot and develop character
22:00 Terrace bar open for informal discussion

Sunday 15 April 2012

08:00 Breakfast
09:00 Creating a world readers can believe in
10:30 Coffee
11:00 Openings and endings – how to arrest the reader on your first page and release them on your last
13:00 Lunch

The course will disperse after lunch


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pdf Course material


Unless otherwise stated, teaching and assessment for ICE courses are in English. Students whose first language is not English should refer to the Competence in the English Language Policy for further guidance.

Printable versions of our brochures are available to download from the Institute Publications page.

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Madingley Hall
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

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Course details

Start date

13 April 2012 (19:15)

End date

15 April 2012 (14:00)

Course code



1 weekend


Institute of Continuing Education
University of Cambridge
Madingley Hall, Madingley
United Kingdom
CB23 8AQ

Accommodation fees

Single room: £110
Double/Twin room (per person, 2 people sharing): £90