Starting in the fall of 2010, The Linnaeus University* will offer a university course for those who want to develop as authors of children’s literature. According to Helene Ehriander, the professor in charge, the course is aimed at those who want to “develop their own personal style of writing and who want to increase their knowledge of contemporary and classic children’s literature.”
The Linneaus University campus is located quite close to Vimmerby and the cultural centre Astrid Lindgren’s Näs – built in connection with Astrid Lindgren’s childhood home – where the 2010 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award will be announced. Some classes will be held at the cultural centre, where the atmosphere will, hopefully, help insipre and motivate.
If you have recomendations regarding other writing courses for those who want to focus on children’s and young adult literature – please make your suggestions in the comments!
*Wikipedia on Carl von Linneaus: (23 May 1707 – 10 January 1778) was a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. He is known as the father of modern taxonomy, and is also considered one of the fathers of modern ecology.