Introduction to Writing for Young Readers

WRITING X 446.2E

Get a strong introduction to writing for children, from picture books through complex young adult novels, in this workshop perfect for beginners.

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Remote Instruction
Starting at $575.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0

What you can learn.

  • Learn the standards for writing for distinct age groups and audiences
  • Identify basic storytelling principles like structure, plot, character development, and dialogue
  • Discover your niche as a writer for young readers
  • Complete a draft manuscript, chapter, or outline for longer works
  • Get an overview of publishing books for young readers

About this course:

If you want to write for kids, you need to think like a kid and enjoy the process of returning to the imaginative, possibility-filled world of childhood. This course introduces you to all major categories of writing for young people, including concept books, picture books, beginning readers, chapter books, middle grade novels, young adult (YA) novels, and nonfiction for all age ranges. You learn the basic storytelling principles of story structure, plot, character development, and dialogue as it applies to each genre, and discover your own niche in the world of children's publishing. You also learn how to tailor your work to the psychological and emotional development, reading abilities, and interests of each age group. The goal is to complete a draft of a manuscript for a picture book or a sample chapter and chapter outline for older readers. Query letters, marketing, and resources for children's book writers are also covered in detail.

Summer 2020 Schedule

Available Format(s):

These courses have regular meeting times and are fully online, via remote instruction. Click “See Details” below for more information.

Canceled
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Wednesday 7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Location: Online
Instructor: Laurel van der Linde
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Fee:
$575.00
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students. 

This course uses remote instruction. As such, instructors use Zoom to offer live class meetings at the designated class meeting time. Students must be present at course meeting times as each student’s final grade may include scores for participation.

Please inform your instructor if you will miss a class meeting. You are responsible for any class information you missed. We suggest you arrange with a fellow classmate to share their notes when feasible.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after July 15, 2020
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
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Date
Time
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Wed Jul 1, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jul 8, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jul 15, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jul 22, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Jul 29, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Aug 5, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Aug 12, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Aug 19, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Aug 26, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online
Lecture
Wed Sep 2, 2020
7:00PM PDT - 10:00PM PDT
Online

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