Eight session course
Whether you're already a dab hand, or just a beginner, this comprehensive 8 week course in creating children's books will school any aspiring author or illustrator in the art of spinning a yarn, telling a tall tale, or finding the perfect fairytale ending. As well as honing your storytelling skills, you'll also build your confidence in your own creativity. This course runs on both Mondays and Fridays - just select the one that works best for you from the dropdown.
In this class
Throughout this eight-week course, aimed at writers and illustrators, you'll explore every stage of creating a children's book - from initial concept to presentation ready to show a publisher.
First you'll discover the modern children's book market and delve into its history, before honing your writing talents and illustration skills. Finally, you'll gain an understanding of the practical aspects of production and publishing.
Open to both beginners and the more advanced, there'll be help on hand for first-timers - and ample opportunities to share and learn as a group. Although this is not specifically an illustration course, we aim to help illustrators focus their talents into the goals of character development and book layout.
Now you can
- See your imagined ideas set down onto the page;
- Craft compelling stories with confidence, and illustrate them in engaging and original ways;
- Use your newly-learned practical skills to make your creative ambitions a reality.
If you do not have time to come to the full 8 week course Christyan also runs one to one workshop sessions from his home studio in Thames Ditton. Manuscript reading, portfolio evaluation services and Photoshop sessions are also available.
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About your host, Christyan Fox
Workshops on writing and illustrating children’s books.
Christyan Fox is an illustrator and writer of children’s books and his wife, Diane, is a graphic designer. Together they are a multi-award winning author and illustrator team. Over the last 30 years they have created more than 50 children’s books as well as 22 educational books and stories for the BBC.
Christyan also runs various courses and workshops on creating children’s books. Whether your ambitions lie in writing, illustration or both, Christyan teaches a mixed group on his informal 8-week course for beginners to the more advanced in Teddington.
Please bring just the usual notebooks and pens. Any additional materials for later activities will be discussed in the class to suit the individual.
This is a friendly, beginner-to-advanced course for adults (18+), aimed at those who enjoy pre-teenage children's books, like to draw or write, but don't know where to start. It’s also for those who already have some experience in writing or illustration. Although this is not specifically an illustration course, we aim to help illustrators focus their talents into the goals of character development and book layout. No class at half term.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.