Children’s Book Writing II — Syllabus

New York City/Zoom classes

The syllabus varies from teacher to teacher, term to term. But many of the topics will be similar to those covered in the Online classes.

Online classes

Freshness: Various strategies for creating "fresh" stories, stories that will grab the attention of readers, agents, and editors.

Real Kids: Personality traits of various age ranges. Showing characters. Creating dimensional characters. Accessing the secret world of children. Handling adult characters.

Plot Questions: How to keep readers hooked by continually raising plot questions, in picture books and longer books. Use of subplots. Further hints on plotting.

Beginnings & Endings: Creating an effective beginning, in picture books and longer books. Creating an effective ending, in picture books and longer books.

POV Fine-Points: Fine-points of point of view, in first, second, and third person. When it's acceptable to alter a point of view strategy midstream. Handling thoughts. Exploration of psychic distance in point of view.

The Narrator: The value of an engaging narrator. Techniques for effective narrators in first, second, and third person point of views. Interactive narrators.

Pacing: Sticking to the "good parts." Manipulating speed, in picture books and longer books. Staying linear.

Pages & Scenes: How to make each page of a picture book effective. The marriage of words and pictures in picture books. How to create effective scenes in longer books.

Language: Stretching vocabulary. Handling syntax. Language refreshers. Exploration of language, in picture books and longer books.

The Publishing Game: How to write a great query letter. How to target the right agents and editors. How to gain the inside track on getting published.

Note: Content may vary among individual classes.