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.
READ MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
Classroom
Starting at $575.00
As few as 10 weeks
3.0 Credits

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 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 also are covered in detail.

Spring 2019 Schedule

These courses meet in person and make use of an online presence to varying degrees.

Available
-
Wednesday 7:00PM - 10:00PM
Location: UCLA
Instructor: Laurel van der Linde
366432
Fee:
$575.00
18 days left. Enroll by Apr 10, 2019
See Details
Notes
Enrollment limited to 20 students. 
Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 15, 2019
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Apr 10, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed Apr 17, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed Apr 24, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed May 1, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed May 8, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed May 15, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed May 22, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed May 29, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed Jun 5, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24
Discussion
Wed Jun 12, 2019
7:00PM - 10:00PM
UCLA
Haines Hall A24

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Creative Writing

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning