TUTOR: Olive O’Brien has published three children’s books and a book app for the iPad. Olive has a Masters in Journalism and worked as a features writer and news reporter. She blogs for hellomagazine.com and also is the director of Creative Writing Ink. Her book publishing company Silver Angel Publishing was shortlisted for the 2012 David Manley Emerging Entrepreneur Awards and for the Green Communications Award 2012.
DURATION: 6 weeks
Course Start Date: 23rd January 2018
Places are strictly limited to 10 participants.
This one-to-one online creative writing course for children is suitable for 8-11 year olds.
The course is carried out through email correspondence, so a student doesn’t have to be online at a set time/day.
The course is divided up into six modules. The student will be given notes, tips and assignments every week to help them. Olive will read the assignments and she will provide written feedback on every assignment to help you become a better writer. There is one assignment per week. However, the main thing is for you to have fun when writing!
“My boy took your writing course for children. His writing has improved so much that he has been getting consistently higher marks for his schoolwork. This one got read out by his teacher in class recently. I am sure you can see him applying your dialogue and description tips! I just want to say thank you very much!” Stephenie Lee.
Module One - In the first week, we will look at the five senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell and the importance of observation when writing. We’ll also talk about the importance of reading. Students will write about what they observed.
Module Two – In the second week we’ll look at characters. Students will have a chance to write about a character including the character’s physical description, background, etc.
Module Three - This week, we’ll look at setting. If you take a character in a book, that character is in a setting, in a certain place or time. The third module will show students how to use a setting for a story and students can then write a story incorporating setting description.
Module Four – We will talk about plot and endings. When you’re writing, there will be a plot, with a beginning, middle and end. We’ll also talk about how to end a story effectively, as this can be the most difficult part of a story. Students will put this into practice by writing their own structured story.
Module Five - In Week 5, we will look at dialogue and students can practice writing a conversation between two characters.
Module Six - In the final module, we’ll look at how to revise and improve your work. Students will then write a story incorporating the various elements taught in the course.
“I really enjoyed the Creative Writing Course for Children. Olive O’Brien is really friendly and kind. She gave me a lot of praise, which has encouraged me to write more. She also told me where I can improve and that was really helpful. I learned a huge amount in a short time and I think I have improved. I read far more than I did before and I’ve got lots of suggestions for other books I can read. I’ve also been given the address of lots of helpful websites. The course is a lot of fun and it’s sad when it ends, but I have all my lessons and work saved so that I can go back to it whenever I want to. I am definitely going to carry on writing stories and I’m going to read a lot. I’ve already started! I recommend the course to everyone. Thank you.” Nancy
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