Children's Novel Writing for Beginners

A course by Lisa Thompson
Children's Author. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
, Children's Author

Learn to create contemporary and vibrant fiction for young readers, inspired by your memories.

  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 1184 students
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Learn to create contemporary and vibrant fiction for young readers, inspired by your memories.



  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 1184 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 39m)
  • 23 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

We are all storytellers, and through children’s novel writing you can dive into your own memories and explore your senses to create a captivating narrative. Lisa Thompson is a professional children’s author and writer of the best-selling book The Goldfish Boy, among others. She has been nominated for numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She also gives talks and workshops at book festivals and schools.

In this course, Lisa teaches you how to tap in your surroundings, and evoke memories in order to make your stories realistic and vivid for your readers. Learn how to gather ideas and inspiration, establish your main character, connect to your audience, and share your work with the world. Are you ready to spark the imagination of young readers?

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Finding Ideas and Preparing to Write
  • U3
    U3. How to Enrich Your Writing
  • U4
    U4. Editing and Finishing Your Piece of Writing
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Begin by getting to know author Lisa Thompson. She discusses how she became a full-time professional writer, what she loves about writing, and the books and films that have influenced her writing career..

Explore your writing materials and begin gathering ideas. Lisa walks you through the equipment she uses at different stages of the writing process, such as a notebook, a timer, Microsoft Word, coloured pens and a phonebook. She explains how she comes up with the concepts for her books and how to put together your own ‘treasure box’ of ideas. Learn how to use your own memories and surroundings to form a realistic and vibrant story. Then, begin planning the structure of your story by outlining key moments and character details.

Understand how to connect with an audience of young readers by observing how children speak and act. Then learn which elements to avoid to make your story relevant in the future. Create your main character and write a dialogue between them and another individual to establish personality. Learn to ‘show not tell’ in your writing, allowing your reader to fill in the gaps. Then, Lisa shares her best practices for creating the best writing environment, making a mood board, and advice on completing your first draft.

Hear Lisa’s tips on editing your work, and how to share it with the right readers, including finding an editing partner or a writing group. End the course by delving into how and where to take your work forward, from self-publishing to finding an agent.

What is this course's project?

Write a short fiction story for a young audience using your own memories to make the narrative more realistic and vibrant.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is for anyone who wants to try writing a story for young readers.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

In terms of materials, all you need is something to write with, this can be pen and paper or if you want to write digitally you’ll need access to word processing software.


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Lisa Thompson

A course by Lisa Thompson

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Children's Author

Lisa Thompson is a children’s author from the UK. When she was nine years old she wrote her first book and realized that she could live out her dreams through writing. However, Lisa went on to pursue a career making radio programmes for the BBC for many years before she became a professional writer.

Inspired by creating a sense of mystery in real-world settings, she has written several books including The Light Jar, Owen and the Soldier, The Boy Who Fooled the World, and her best-selling book The Goldfish Boy. Lisa also gives talks and workshops at schools and book festivals, and has been nominated for numerous awards including the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Finding Ideas and Preparing to Write

    • Materials for Writing
    • Ideas
    • Choosing Your Main Characters
    • Finding Material in Your Past
    • Planning a Story
  • U3

    How to Enrich Your Writing

    • Researching to Connect with Your Audience
    • The Importance of 'Show, Don't Tell'
    • Music and Mood Boards
    • Writing and Finishing Your Draft
  • U4

    Editing and Finishing Your Piece of Writing

    • Editing Your Writing
    • Sharing Your Writing
  • FP

    Final project

    • How to make writing more vibrant for a younger reader

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Children's Novel Writing for Beginners. Writing course by Lisa Thompson

Children's Novel Writing for Beginners

A course by Lisa Thompson
Children's Author. London, United Kingdom.
Joined February 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (46)
  • 1184 students