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Children Book Writing
The quiet magic of Goodnight Moon grows into the zaniness of Dr. Seuss and widens into the dazzlement of Harry Potter then matures into the straight talk of Judy Blume and the gritty reality of The Outsiders. Such is the amazing journey children take through books.  These stories are a treasured part of childhood and they linger for a lifetime. Writing for children is fun but not child’s play. 

In our courses, you will discover how to balance youthful imagination with adult professionalism, gain awareness of the various forms and age-ranges, and learn such craft elements as character, plot, point of view, description, dialogue, setting, voice, and theme. You will also learn how and where to market your work.

Whatever type of children’s book you seek to write – picture books, EZ readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult – we’ll show you how to write stories that will entrance young readers.

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Level I
Children's Book Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Using a balance of lecture, exercise, and feedback on work from the instructor and classmates, this course gives students a firm grounding in all the basics of children’s book writing. Everything is presented in a clear, accessible manner.
  • Begin a children’s book
  • Lectures on basics of children’s book craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for critique (two times)

Children’s Books I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals.

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(3.0 CEU)

New York City Classes  
Tuition: $420, Returning Students $390. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 16 students, ages 18 and up.

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Nov 11 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jan 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Feb 10 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Oct 7* Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Advanced
Children's Book Writing | 10-week Workshop
 
Focusing on developing projects and receiving feedback from the instructor and classmates, this course helps students sharpen their skills and work toward completion of publishable work. Writers often repeat Children’s Books II to continue their projects.

  • Work toward completion of a children’s book
  • Lectures that expand on basics of children’s books craft
  • Writing exercises
  • Present work for in-depth critique (two times)

Prerequisite: Children’s Book Writing I or the equivalent.

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(3.0 CEU)

Online Classes  
Tuition: $399, Returning Students $369. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 14 students, ages 18 and up.

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Oct 15* Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Children's Book Writing | Intensive
 

How much can you learn in one day? Plenty. As you will discover in one of our One-Day Intensives in New York City.

The One-Day Intensives are seven-hour crash courses. You are immersed in a topic through a mixture of brief lectures that hit the high-points and writing exercises that let you immediately try your hand at what you’ve just learned.

The Intensives provide an excellent overview of their fields, ideal for both the beginner and someone wanting a quick refresher course. Arrive in the morning with a desire to learn. By the end of the day, you’ll be a more knowledgeable and skilled writer.

Students come from all over the world for our One-Day Intensives. You're likely to be sitting near NYC locals as well as people from such far-flung places as Texas, Egypt, and Japan. (NYC Hotel Information.)

Intensives are open for writers of any level.

We offer an online version of an Intensive, a three-week Character course.

We also offers two and four-week seminars, including: How to Get Published, Hit Send: Publishing Short Nonfiction, How to Blog, and Nonfiction Book Proposal.

Students may reschedule a One-Day Intensive one time.



Topics include: overview of the field, character, plot, description, getting published
New York City Classes  
Tuition: $125. Registration Fee $25.  
Each class strictly limited to 30 students, ages 18 and up.

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Nov 21 Friday 555 8th Ave. 10:00AM - 5:00PM



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