Creating Children’s Books

    This writing and storytelling workshop will walk you through the tricks for writing and illustrating a children's book


    Reading & Writing class hosted by Christyan Fox

    Beginners welcome

    Eight session course

    Location varies by date


    What you'll learn

    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.

    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 publication.

    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.

    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.

    Did you know?

    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.


    Class location

    This class takes place at several different locations depending on the class date.


    You can see the exact location for each class below


    Dates & times

    Fri 29 Sep, 9:45am - 12:15pm (all sessions)

    Fri 6 Oct, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 13 Oct, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 20 Oct, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 3 Nov, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 10 Nov, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 17 Nov, 9:45am - 12:15pm
    Fri 24 Nov, 9:45am - 12:15pm

    Teddington, TW11 9NN (map)


    None of the dates work for you? Let the host know and you will be notified when new dates are added.


    About your host, Christyan Fox

    Workshops on writing and illustrating children’s books in 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.

    Find us:

    • Just a stone's throw away from Teddington station.

    Contact host


    Flexible cancellation policy

    Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.