Taught course

Writing for Children

University of Winchester · Department of English and Creative Writing

Entry requirements

Normally a first or upper second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. Applicants should have a passion for and commitment to contemporary fiction for children and young adults, and will be required to submit a sample of creative writing to demonstrate their skill in writing for young audiences.

Months of entry


Course content

  • Develop your writing voice through weekly workshops and tutor support
  • Participate in the creation and publication of an anthology
  • Receive advice and feedback from published writers, editors and agents
  • Specialise in a range of genres within children’s writing
  • Recent graduates have gone on to become published writers – some award winning. These include: Ally Sherrick, Mark Lowery, Sarah Rubin, Sarah Lean, Meaghan McIsaac and David Owen

Develop your writing skills in a challenging and stimulating environment, supported by teaching staff who are published writers and experts in their field. Explore the dynamic relationship between creative production and critical awareness of literature for children and young adults, and discuss a range of work by established writers and consider the theoretical, social and cultural contexts of contemporary writing for children and young adults.

This well-established programme encourages you to develop new creative work, to give and receive feedback in weekly workshops and to experiment with new forms, audiences and voices. The academics teaching on the programme are all professional novelists, critics, or non-fiction writers. They are supported by guests – most recently, children’s writers Maz Evans, Sarah Crossan and M G Leonard, Editorial Director Emma Layfield (Hodder), and literary agents Bryony Woods and Jenny Savill.

You complete five core modules: Fiction for Children, The Writer as Researcher, The Publishing Project and two modules on independent study. In The Publishing Project, you develop a personal writing project to the point of submission for publication, along with practical research and guidance on aspects such as social media, cover letters and synopses.

You also take one optional module from a selection that may include Fantastic Fiction for Children, Writing Non-fiction for Children or Picture Books. After the taught modules, you complete an independent study with tailored supervisory support leading to the dissertation – usually an extended piece or pieces of fiction for children amounting to 20,000 to 30,000 words.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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