Children’s 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.
 
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.

“”
This course really helped move my understanding one step further.
Meera Feldberg
real estate assistant

Children’s Book Writing | Level I

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

This course gives you a firm grounding in the basics of writing children's books and gets you writing a book. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Children's Book Writing I is for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on the fundamentals. Students must be 18 years or older.

View Syllabus

3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jan 12
Tue, 7–10 pm et
Zoom Conference
 Feb 16

Children’s Book Writing | Level II

10-week Workshop

Place & Price

  • Online: not real-time, week-long sessions  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $409 (returning students: $379)
  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $435 (returning students: $405)

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $1745  Request consultation

What’s the difference between Online and Zoom?

This course helps you sharpen your skills at writing children's books and work toward completion of a book. Writers often repeat Fiction II to continue their projects. Course components:

  • Lectures
  • Writing exercises
  • Workshopping of student projects (each student presenting work two times)

Prerequisite: Children's Book Writing I (10-week), or the equivalent. Students must be 18 years or older.

View Syllabus

3.00 CEUs
Starts
Meets
Teacher
 Jan 13

Intensives are fun, fast crash courses.

Children’s Book Writing

Two-day Zoom Intensive

Place & Price

  • Zoom: real-time videoconference  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

The Zoom Intensives are taught via the Zoom videoconference platform.

Children’s Book Intensive topics include: overview of the field, character, plot, description, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a Zoom Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher

Sat, Jan 23 & 30, 1–4 pm et
Zoom Conference

Children’s Book Writing

One-day Intensive

Place & Price

  • NYC: in-person, on hold now  info
    tuition: $165

Registration fee $25, paid once per term

One-on-One tuition: $300  Request consultation

The NYC One-day Intensives are taught in-person.

Children’s Book Intensive topics include: overview of the field, character, plot, description, getting published.

Course components: lectures, writing exercises

Intensives are open for writers of any level. Students must be 18 years or older.

Students may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time.

Meets
Teacher
Upcoming dates to be announced.