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"I entered this course having no idea how to write a children's book, or what was involved with the process. This class gave me the knowledge I was looking for, and pointed me in the right direction."
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"This course helped me sculpt and polish my work so that others might enjoy it, in print. Wish me luck!"
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"I finally wrote the story for children that I have wanted to write for years. I had characters that I had illustrated a couple of years back and I had wanted to write a story to put them in. This course inspired me to do that. I have a little more editing to do, and then I plan to try and get it published. This was an excellent experience."
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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. 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)

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
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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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
Oct 15* Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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Jan 14 Wednesdays Online 24 hrs. a day
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* You can still enroll in this class!


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