Writing for Young Readers I

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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Online
In Person
Starting at $720.00
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.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Date & Time
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Format
 
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This section has no set meeting times.
Available
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Instructor: Kelly Barson
396559
Fee:
$720.00
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Still accepting enrollments
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Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required. Materials required.

This online course is conducted through Canvas, a secure website that allows students to log in to access lectures, discussions, and other course materials on demand. There are no required class meetings. Each course is structured with weekly assignments and deadlines. Lectures and coursework are accessible throughout the week. Workshops are conducted in writing via discussion boards with your instructor and classmates.

Refund Deadline
No refunds after April 24, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.

Summer 2024 Schedule

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Wednesday 6:30PM - 9:30PM PT
Future Offering (Opens April 29, 2024 12:00:00 AM)
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Instructor: Laurel van der Linde
398143
Fee:
$720.00
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Location: UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
Notes

Enrollment limited to 15 students; early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required.

This course meets in person at the designated class meeting time and location. Students must be present at the course meeting time 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 17, 2024
Course Requirements
Internet access required to retrieve course materials.
Schedule
Type
Date
Time
Location
Discussion
Wed Jul 3, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Jul 10, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Jul 17, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Jul 24, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Jul 31, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Aug 7, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Aug 14, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Aug 21, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Aug 28, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211
Discussion
Wed Sep 4, 2024
6:30PM PT - 9:30PM PT
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center in Westwood
UCLA Extension Lindbrook Center 211

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