Writing Life: Writing for children and young people
with Lesley Beake
Thursday 6th & Friday 7th June 2019 | 10.00 – 15.00 each day | £270
This course will cover the down to earth basics of good writing for all ages, but particularly for young people.
Using various exercises Lesley will help you explore the practicalities as well as the inspiration required to write successfully.
Using her own, vast experience, examples and extracts from her favourite books, books that children love, and her own stories Lesley will bring your own writing life to fruition. The focus will be on writing, writing, writing.
Writing will always be hard work, but that work brings a great sense of completion. Ideas that have floated around for years suddenly find expression. It brings its own sense of peace. It is worth the effort and time it takes.
Lesley does not offer to edit your work, but, by the time we have done this course, we will be friends! You will be able to send up to five emails with specific queries after the course – and she will expect to be invited to all book launches!
Refreshments and lunches are included in the cost.
Lesley Beake is an internationally acclaimed, South African author who has been writing successfully for three decades, has over 90 published titles ranging from pre-school to nearly-adult and has won many awards for her work; most recently for her incredible work ‘Hap’ which won Gold at the 2017 Sanlam Awards which recognises and celebrates the best in SA youth literature.
Lesley is absolutely passionate about writing and particularly writing for children (though the same methods apply, whatever the age). Lesley is also passionate about other people enjoying books, particularly children and young people. This passion led herself, Gcina Mhlope and Sindiwe Magona to found Children’s Book Network an inspiring organisation bringing books to children and children to books, in fun and engaging ways. As well as continuing to write and run writing courses Lesley is the director of Children’s Book Network. Part of the fee from the course will be donated to Children’s Book Network.
You can find out more about Lesley, her publications and awards at: www.lesleybeake.co.za