Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Our online writing for children course covers everything you need to know as a children's writer from finding your style to marketing your work. Work with a published children's writer and find out for which age group your writing style suits best. The course can cover everything from picture books for toddlers through to series reads for teenagers.

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This is a general overview of the topics covered in this course. However, following the first two assignments your tasks are personalised for you by your tutor based on your personal profile and writing ambitions.

Course Contents

  • What you'll learn:
    • The marketplace
    • Writing style
    • Young audience
    • Picture books
    • Subject, theme and plotting
    • The series read
    • Older fiction
    • Other markets
    • Marketing your work

This is a summary of this writing courses main specifications.

Suitable for: ✔ Writers starting out
Starting: Anytime
Pace: At your own pace
Location: Study from home
Max duration: 2 Years
Course type: Tutor led
Delivery: Email or Post
Deadlines: None
Exercises: Personalised for you

Course Description

Writing for children

Our online writing for children course covers everything you need to know as a children's writer from finding your style to marketing your work.

One of the liveliest demands for new material is for children's writing. Books for the very young are as important as ever and, despite television and computers, teenage fiction is popular as never before.

This course helps in three main ways. Firstly, it should give students the confidence to develop their own originality. Secondly, it will improve the technique of writing, helping the growth of strong points and overcoming weak ones. Finally, though inevitably this has to be placed first within the course itself, it defines markets which will not only help maximise the chances of successful publication, but possibly prevent wasted time since publishers' requirements are often specific, especially regarding age ranges, length and therefore price.

Everything the children's writer needs to know (for example, how illustrations are commissioned, paid for and generally handled in picture books) is included in the course. It goes without saying that the course has been prepared by a highly-successful well-known children's writer and that the tutors are thoroughly professional with practical experience as successful children's writers themselves.

Course Feedback

I have been trying to write stories for years, and Stephanie Baudet is the first tutor I have had whose criticism is objective and really helpful; she does not beat about the bush like the others have done in the past; she can pinpoint the weaknesses precisely and her comments are like nuggets of gold. I am so fortunate to have found someone who knows how to criticize my work 'properly'; in other words, honestly.

From: Felicity Tessaro

Thanks - since I last wrote to you things have progressed and my children's picture book [developed during the course] is now being published!

From: Valerie Walsh

Here is my final assignment, the last one of the second course extension. It's the Prologue to the story I've been working on since last summer. So now I have a first draft. I'm so glad I took this course, it's been a great help to me!

From: Jannie Ireland

A few years ago I did a writing for children course and had Stephanie Baudet as a wonderful tutor. I now have two books on Amazon. Still can't thank her enough for her belief in me.

From: Karen Lea

Thank you for the feedback from Elizabeth. Please thank her for all her comments, critiquing and suggestions..

From: Fiona Speirs

Thank you for the efficient and friendly coordinating of my assignments and feedback. I have really enjoyed the course; I feel that I have learned a lot and it has made me more focused in getting on with my writing.

From: Rhonwen Shaw, Lancashire

Excellent, honest, factual.

From: E Philip

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