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"An absolute necessity if you wish to become a children's books author."
- Dino Bianchinotti
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"I can't believe the difference in my writing from the first assignment to the last!"
- Kimberly Maki
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"This course has really helped me to get started writing stories for children. Since taking the course, I have already submitted a story. I could not have gotten to this point without the instructor's help or the class' comments."
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Children Book Writing Online

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.
 
To captivate young readers, you must balance a youthful imagination with an adult professionalism. Here you will learn about the various types of children’s books and their special requirements, as well as fiction craft and how to market your work.
 
Whatever type of children’s book you seek to write—picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult—we’ll show you how to write stories that entrance.

Notes:

Our Children’s Book courses cover the full spectrum of children’s books, from picture books to YA novels. Many children’s books authors write books for various age levels. The focus is mostly on fiction, but writers are welcome to work on nonfiction children’s books.
 
If you want to work on a YA novel, you may do so in our Children’s Book courses, or in our Fiction/Novel courses or our genre courses: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery. The difference: In a Children’s Book course, you will be learning about and reading works for various age levels; in the other courses, you will be learning about and reading works for adults. This is fine because YA novels are very close to adult novels.


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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)

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

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 6 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class
Feb 10 Tuesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class


Level II
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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Which level is right for you? How to Choose a Level

(3.0 CEU)

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

Starts New Lecture Location Time Special Enroll
Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
Sample Class



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