Writing for Children

Mon 1 October 2018 - Sat 6 October 2018
Tutors / Eloise Williams & Malachy Doyle
Guest Reader / Huw Aaron
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionIllustratingWriting for Children and Young Adults
Language / English

On this course on writing for children, we will look at the world through our young readers’ eyes. How can our stories capture their attention and curiosity? Do we have any moral obligations in the messages convayed in our books? Whatever age you want to write for, from pre-school to teenagers, the tutors will share some tricks of the trade and provide helpful feedback on your work. With a mix of writing exercises and one-to-one tutorials, we’ll help you generate ideas, develop characters and work on plot, setting, tone and finding your own distinctive storytelling voice.

Suitable for both beginners and more experienced writers, we will aim to kick-start your imagination, freshen up your approach and help you have a bit of fun in the process.

Malachy will concentrate on writing for the younger ages, and Eloise on readers between 8-12. Our guest illustrator, Huw Aaron, will run a playful workshop on illustration and cartoons and talk about his career as a writer and illustrator for children.

In partnership with Firefly Press


Eloise Williams

Eloise Williams originally trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama before going on to study at the Guildford School of Acting. After working as a professional actor for over a decade she decided to follow a Masters in Creative and Media Writing at Swansea University and was delighted to get a D for Distinction instead of the Ds she was more accustomed to at school. She has worked with young people across the UK for more than twenty years through creative writing, drama and storytelling and dabbled briefly with poetry, short story, and playwriting before settling on writing novels for children and middle grade. Her debut novel Elen’s Island (2015) a magical story for 7-9 year olds and her historical mystery thriller Gaslight (2017) are both published by Firefly Press. Her third novel, a salty, windswept ghost story set on the coast of west Wales, is due for publication in 2018 to coincide with Wales’ Year of the Sea.

Malachy Doyle

Malachy Doyle has written over a hundred books, from picture books to teenage novels. His books have won the Nestle Smarties Prize, the Tir na n-Og Award and the English Association Award. Malachy spent twenty five years in Wales, before returning to Ireland, where he lives on a small island with his wife, cats, dogs and ducks. Malachy’s first book for Firefly, Pete and the Five-a-Side Vampires, was published in September 2014. Malachy's second book with Firefly Press, Fug and the Thumps, is an adventure story for 8-11 olds perfect for reluctant readers, and is published with Firefly Press in February 2018. His picture book, Cinderfella, is published by Walker Books in July 2018.

Guest Reader

Huw Aaron

Huw Aaron is a cartoonist and illustrator whose doodles have sullied many an otherwise perfectly presentable leaf of paper. Having made his mark as a magazine cartoonist in the pages of Private Eye, The Spectator and Reader's Digest, he has since illustrated scores of books for the likes of Penguin, Oxford University Press, Gomer, Firefly and Y Lolfa, with whom he has also authored several books. He also creates comic strips, and edits the Welsh language comic, Mellten. Any non-drawing time he has is spent with his daughters, drawing.

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