Booked Out: Online: Writing for Children: Picture Books and Early Readers with Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Starts Thurs 18 Mar 2021
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Duration: 6 weeks
Cost: €165/€150 members
Course Level: Emerging
All Irish Writers Centre remote courses take place on Irish Standard Time (GMT+1)
This is a six-week course which will best suit people who have some familiarity with picturebooks OR have some creative writing experience (in any area) OR have completed a beginner’s course with me or another teacher. It will also suit illustrators who want to try creating their own texts. The focus will be on developing writing craft and on working on your own characters and ideas. You will look at both writing for picturebooks and writing for early readers.
This course will concentrate heavily on getting students writing every week. Classes will be split between writing exercises aimed at developing writing craft and time to tease out and work on your own characters and ideas. We will make use of breakout rooms to get one-to-one time in the second half of each class.
Homework will be avoided in favour of working during the classes, though you may occasionally be asked to prepare in a small way for a class, or to complete an exercise already begun in class for the following week.
Course Outcomes: Students will develop their writing skills in a practical way and begin to explore their individual writing ‘voices'.
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick is an award-winning author and illustrator, creating children’s books for every age from zero to YA. She has worked with many publishers, including Walker Books, Holiday House, Faber and Harper Collins, and her books have been translated into many languages. She has won ten CBI awards for her work, including four Children’s Book of the Year awards.
Reviews of Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick's work:
For Owl Bat Bat Owl
"This wonderful wordless picture book can be read in two ways, the right way up or upside down. [...] It will encourage thoughtful discussions between parents and young children. A celebration of tolerance, cooperation and friendship between these unlikely neighbours." The School Librarian
"Intensely expressive, humorous and touching" Guardian
For On Midnight Beach
‘One chapter of this astonishing novel and shivers of joy are coursing down my spine.’ Amanda Craig