Reading & Writing course
Eight session course
Landmark Arts Centre, TW11
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.
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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.
Please bring just the usual notebooks and pens.
Any additional materials for later activities will be discussed in the class to suit the individual.
Roald Dahl was devoted to the books of Beatrix Potter, and at the age of six he begged his mother to take him to the Lake District to meet her in person. The reception he received was less than welcoming, and he was told by the author to "buzz off!" Whether you're fond of children or have more in common with Beatrix Potter, this course is for everyone from beginners to intermediates.
Mon 22 Jan, 7:00pm - 9:30pm (all sessions)
Fri 26 Jan, 9:45am - 12:15pm (all sessions)
None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.
Landmark Arts Centre, Teddington
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.
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.
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.