Writing YA and Children’s Fiction With Catherine Johnson
This three-month online course is for those working on YA, Middle Grade or Young Fiction.
Apr 01 2019 - Jul 01 2019
Take this course from anywhere in the world
Apply to this competitive writing course
An online course specialising in how to write YA, Middle Grade and Young Fiction (for the over 7s) with an expert tutor, a peer-group of 15 fellow writers (selective applications process), teaching videos, special literary agent advice days, writing workshops and one-to-one tuition, all hosted on our secure learning platform.
Over 60 of our former students have gone on to get major publishing deals for their novels, we’ve had some fantastic success stories from students writing children’s fiction and YA. These include bestseller and Waterstones Children’s Book Prize winner Lisa Williamson, YA fantasy author Michelle Kenny, as well as soon to be published Struan Murray, Ann-Marie Howell and Jenny Pearson. You can find out more about some of our recent children’s writing success stories here.
This online course has flexible timing for participation from anywhere in the world.
Catherine Johnson, author
Catherine Johnson has written over 15 books for children and young adults since 1993, including the award-winning Sawbones. Her latest book, Freedom, came out in 2018 and was nominated for the Carnegie medal. ‘Catherine wants us to be the best writers we can be and her passion was clear throughout’ Ian Brooks, Online Writing for Children student
WHAT DOES THIS COURSE GIVE YOU?
This online course will help students to understand how to write distinctive and well-plotted novels, and to shape them for specific age ranges. Our tutor, Catherine Johnson, is a bestselling children’s and Young Adult author with plenty of teaching experience and the course will feature input from Curtis Brown’s children’s and YA literary agents, as well as from top children’s book editor Tig Wallace. All students will get …
The hub of our online courses: find your writing community
A space to give and receive feedback, and discuss the week’s topics with your fellow students and Catherine Johnson.
Get expert advice from a published author
Specially filmed teaching videos, presented by Catherine Johnson, featuring great tips and advice on the writing process and YA and Children’s fiction market.
Resources & Notes
Comprehensive teaching notes and reference materials that are yours to keep.
You’ll get access to multiple resources and teaching notes from Catherine, including actionable writing tips and lists of recommended reading.
Online workshops led by Catherine Johnson
You’ll get two opportunities to share 3,000 words of your novel with Catherine and the group and receive in-depth feedback.
Extracts of your novel will be reviewed by your tutor
Catherine will read and provide feedback on two further 3,000-word extracts from your novel during a 45 minute Skype or phone call.
Ask YA & Children’s editors your questions
An online session with Curtis Brown and C&W literary agents specialising in children’s and Young Adult fiction, along with Tig Wallace, Senior Commissioning editor at Hachette Children's Group.
Talk Online with Literary agents
Get feedback on the all-important pitch letter
Post your pitch letter online and get feedback from the agents at Curtis Brown and C&W. At the end of the course you’ll submit 3,000 words of your novel, plus a synopsis, which will also be shared with the agents.
Our selective applications process means that you will be writing your novel in a peer group of 15 students working at a high level.
The course fee of £1,600 (inc VAT) per student is payable, in full, by bank transfer or cheque. Funds must reach our bank account before the course begins. If you are unable to pay the full fee upfront don’t be deterred from applying, in the event that you are offered a course place we can discuss a payment plan if circumstances require. We regret that we are unable to refund fees, and would suggest students make their own insurance arrangements if required.
Please upload your application via the form below. If you encounter any problems during the application process, or have any more questions about the course, please email email@example.com for assistance.
Agents and publishers and take part in exclusive online sessions to answer industry questions and help with pitches.
Monday 1st April
Inspiration and Reading as Writers
Monday 8th April
Beginnings + Writing Workshop
Monday 15th April
Characterisation + Writing Workshop
Monday 22 April
Point of View
Monday 29 April
Point of View + Writing Workshop
Monday 06 May
World-building + Writing Workshop
Monday 13 May
Everything Matters + Writing Workshop
Dialogue and Description
Monday 20 May
Dialogue and Description + Writing Workshop
Planning, Plotting and Dreaming
Monday 27 May
Planning, Plotting and Dreaming + Writing Workshop
Children’s Writing Troubleshooting
Monday 03 June
Children’s Writing Troubleshooting + Writing Workshop
Endings and Resolutions
Monday 10 June
Endings and Resolutions; Series or Standalones? + Writing Workshop
Editing and Rewriting
Monday 17 June
Editing and Rewriting + Writing Workshop
Monday 24 June
The Synopsis + Conclusions
End of course submission
Monday 08 July
Students to submit their 3,000-word opening and one-page synopsis to be read by the Curtis Brown children’s and YA agents.