Writing poetry for children – from nursery to teens with Andrew Weale

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About this course

An interactive, fun-filled course where you can explore different styles and forms in children's poetry, and apply them to the different age groups from nursery right up to teen.

Course Description

Children’s poetry is a rich and creative field of writing. From the classic work of Roald Dahl and his Revolting Rhymes right up to the succulent verse of contemporary poets like Children’s Laureate Joseph Coelho, this is a great world in which to explore and develop your own writing.

This course is designed for those who would like to explore writing poetry for children for the first time. It is also open to writers who may have written children’s poetry before but are eager to hone their craft and develop new ideas and work.

The basis of the approach lies in wild writing; connecting to the writer within and bringing out your own individual voice. Once the writing is flowing, you will explore different poetic styles from Haikus and the more traditional iambic poetry of the masters like Dahl, right up to the freer forms of shape and black out poetry.

The course will also give you a feel for what is appropriate for different age groups: for example, activity poems for the younger years.

This is a fun and highly interactive course with plenty of opportunity to practise different poetic styles for children in a safe, non-pressured environment. By the end of the course, you will have a much better knowledge of the kinds of poetry you can write for children, and more confidence writing and sharing your work.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including photocopies.

What students need to bring

  • Pen and paper OR a laptop (if preferred)

Additional information

Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Andrew Weale

Andrew is a children’s picture book author and winner of the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award. As a children’s poet, he won the 2019 Caterpillar Prize with his poem Wonder-pudderful. He has lectured on children's writing at Winchester University and gives popular visits to many schools and festivals.

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