Learn everything you need to know about writing for children from one of Britain’s best–loved and most successful children’s authors.
Writing Books For Children
A complete course, taught by David Walliams, highly acclaimed and award-winning author, that has been designed to develop your ideas and set you on the path to writing your first children’s book.
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David Walliams, OBE, is a highly acclaimed and award-winning author of bestselling children’s books that delight their readers and, occasionally, appall their parents. His books have featured numerous memorable characters, including Gangsta Granny, Mr Stink, Ratburger, Awful Auntie, Demon Dentist and The Boy in the Dress. They have sold over 37 million copies and been translated in more than 53 languages worldwide.
Welcome to writing books for children. Here’s a brief introduction to the course.3 mins
Research Your Childhood
Thinking about the things you believed in, cared about, found funny or scary as a child can help you create your story.11 mins
Passion Breeds Inspiration
The stories you love - books, films, whatever it is that inspires you can help you write stories of your own.11 mins
Stories Out Of Stories
The subtle art of drawing creativity from others.6 mins
Take From The Real World
Characters can come from anywhere. Especially real life.7 mins
Real life moments can give you great ideas. Here’s how to make it happen.12 mins
Themes And Subjects
Finding a subject that sticks out and stands apart from everything else.8 mins
Power Of Opposing Forces
When two big ideas collide. Sometimes one idea just isn’t enough!5 mins
Beginning, middle and end. How to put a story together and make it engaging from page one.11 mins
Exploring the different types of stories and what makes them work.8 mins
How to make your hero or heroine as relatable, but interesting and exciting as possible.11 mins
Everybody loves a villain. Here’s how to make them fascinating, compelling and relatable.14 mins
When To Set Your Story
How to make a story truly timeless, so that any child, anywhere and at any time, can enjoy it.12 mins
Where To Set Your Story
Finding the right playground for your story, to capture the imagination whilst retaining focus.6 mins
Finding The Funny
What makes funny… funny? Big jokes, small asides and finding humour in all manner of places.7 mins
If it's good enough for Shakespeare and Chaucer, it's good enough for us.4 mins
Sitting Down To Write
Where’s the perfect place to write, what are the perfect conditions to write in? Here’s a few suggestions for how to get going.11 mins
Know Where You're Headed
Making a plan finding your message, and dealing with writers block.9 mins
The Big Idea
Visualising and dreaming your way to a story.10 mins
The first thing a reader sees. Here’s a few thoughts on how to get to a truly great title.5 mins
If you bore children, they will stop reading...5 mins
Grab Their Attention
Page one, line one. What’s going to grab a child’s attention and draw them in immediately?8 mins
Criticism & Cuts
Edit. Edit. Then Edit some more.5 mins
All the most important things to remember.4 mins
Wrapping up the course, here are David's final thoughts to set you on your way.3 mins
All you can do in this life is follow your dreams. Otherwise you're just wasting your time.
You’ve got the inspiration, now put it in to practice. Downloadable and printable PDF course notes, including summaries, further inspiration and exercises to get the creative juices flowing.
Writing Books For Children Course MaterialCourse Notes62 pages
Passion feeds passion
I found David very inspiring, to write - about anything, not just children's books.- Hazel R
I'm taking this course at the mo and it really is brilliant!- Jenn T
David Walliams's course is brilliant too - I have the idea and a story plan for my book - writing it now.- Richard
I'm halfway through my @bbcmaestro course, Writing Books For Children, from @davidwalliams and it's brilliant!! His tips and guidance are enough for any budding children's writer! Shame it's only 25 lessons long!- Lee
The real value, so far, lies in @davidwalliams descriptions of sources of inspiration & the collision of two different ideas. It's very inspiring to hear a successful writer talk about his craft. : )- Claire
Plenty of information, advice and references to David's books as well as the works of other authors.- Anon
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