Bath Spa University

Bath Spa University

Writing for Young People

This course is supported by visiting speakers from the children's publishing world, including agents, editors, publishers and authors. The course is for writers for children of all ages, from the picture- book age through to writing for teenagers and young adults. Though prose fiction is likely to be the main area studied, students will have the chance to look at writing in all forms, including poetry, picture book texts and non- fiction. The course supports students to create a significant body of writing, with practical plans for its place in the real world of publishing. It is based on the principle that most writers learn and benefit from working closely with their fellow writers, in a disciplined supportive setting, and with tutors who are practising and published writers in their field.

Course modules

Trimester 1 - In the first trimester's writing workshop you'll explore a variety of forms of writing, gaining a sense of different age ranges and styles of writing and experimenting with your own writing. We encourage all our students to experiment and take risks at this stage of the course. The context module, Writing for Young People: Forms, Ages and Stages, is concerned with the writer's relationship with their audience, and will help you understand some of the issues raised by writing for young people. You read one set text each week to discuss in class, reading 'as a writer', looking closely at language and style, in addition to writing short pieces of your own creative work. Trimester 2 - In the second trimester's workshop you will be asked to choose your area of writing, and use the workshop's feedback and encouragement to explore it in more depth. You will bring short excerpts from your work-in-progress for discussion and feedback in the group. You may continue to experiment with different ideas for other stories. The second trimester's Context Module looks at Contemporary Children's Publishing, and aims to give a realistic grasp of the choices open to new writers in the field. This is your chance to learn about how the publishing industry works, and to develop the professional skills you need as a working author. Trimester 3 - In Trimester three you will continue to write your work-in-progress, editing and re-drafting your work to help you develop a manuscript as near to publishable quality as possible. You'll be supported by tutorials with a manuscript supervisor. The manuscript may be a novel, a collection of stories, a collection of poems or picture book texts. Most of our students choose to write a novel for young people. Part time students follow the same sequence of modules, but do so over two years.

Assessment methods

The assessed coursework for each Writing Workshop is a folder of creative writing plus a short reflective commentary. For the first Context Module the assessed coursework is an essay of approximately 2,500 words and a folder of creative responses. The second context module is assessed by a portfolio of writing tasks connected to the children's publishing industry, including two book proposals. The manuscript is 35,000-40,000 words, or the equivalent in poetry or picture book texts.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MA Full-time October 2017 - 1 Years
MA Part-time October 2017 - 2 Years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Corsham Court SN13 0BZ South West

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