Some Of My Students Who've Had A Book Published:
'The tips you gave me and lessons I learned from your course proved so valuable in making my story the success it was.'
Maya Mawlawi author of the Arabic book 'Zeid wu Jad fi warta' (Zeid and Jad in Trouble) which won the 'Best Children's Book in the Middle East' Award.
'Fallen Wings will be published in 2013 by Meadowside Books, and it all started with your short course at Falmouth....'
Titania Kampas, author of 'Fallen Wings'.
'You gave me the guidelines and confidence I needed to get started in children's writing, as well lots of helpful advice'.
Emma King-Farlow, author of 'Uncle Alzono's Beard.'
'I would like to thank Karen for all the advice and help given. The development of characters and how to make them realistic was excellent. In addition, I particularly gained knowledge about the do's and don'ts when writing for children. This included how not to be too wordy, to show a good moral outcome and and to identify common problems which children can identify.'
Laurence Higgins, author of 'Demons and Dragons.'
Feedback On My Manuscript Critiques:
Denise Longhurst on a children's book critique:
'Thank you so much for the appraisal, you've made lots of excellent comments and your suggestions are so helpful'
Rob Griffiths on a children's book critique:
'I really appreciated Karen's service. I have had professional critiques on other books in the past and Karen's was by far the most useful as well as being more comprehensive than most others.'
Andrew Murray on a children's book critique:
'Thank you so much for your review. You have given me some great advice. I will take the advice you have given me, and implement it into the story.'
Ali Oxtoby on a picture book critique:
'Thanks for picture book report. It is really really useful and has helped spur me on. Many of the tips I already knew like 'show and tell' but somehow it's really hard to spot mistakes in your own work. Money well spent.'
Students Who Have Taken My Online Course:
'This writing course has been an amazing experience, thanks to your fine inspiration and your sincere comments about my work.' Lenna
'Thank you so much for your expert guidance. I have learnt so much about writing children's stories from you over the past few months and have thoroughly enjoyed it.' Rebekah
'Thank you for taking the time to give me such thoughtful feedback on my efforts. Your comments are truly appreciated.' Jan
'I certainly do thank you for all of your feedback. Because of your class I now have a solid first draft for my children's book and I am very happy and proud of myself.' Rene
Reference from Falmouth University
This is just to say that Karen King has taught extensive workshops in writing for children on the MA Professional Writing course at University College Falmouth over the past five years, and that our students have much appreciated the expert, sensitive and inspirational qualities of her teaching, which has helped give several of them the skills and confidence to develop children's projects of their own.
Karen also played an important part in a publishing project that we undertook last year in collaboration with the NSPCC. 'We Wish: Hopes and Dreams of Cornwall's Children' was a book of writing by children aged 7-11, selected by means of a competition that Karen co-judged with another author, and to which she contributed a jointly written introduction. The book has proved a great success and was described as 'a triumph' by former children's laureate Michael Morpurgo.
I'm sure that Karen will be a great asset to any institution for which she is working.
Tom Scott Senior Lecturer, MA Professor Writing University College Falmouth, Cornwall.