Writing for Children

Writing for Children

Members have access to full course content for independent study.

Scheduled group classes range from 1 to 16 weeks in length. 

(See Fiction Writing for up-to-date list of courses.)

 

F154 Writing Fiction for Children
Are you a master at making up bedtime stories for children? Do you think there is a children's story inside you? If so, this course will show you some special techniques to use when writing for a younger audience. Topics in this course will include; why writing for children is not easier than writing for adults, choosing age appropriate language, different types of children's books (picture books, chapter books, etc.) and more. By the end of this course, you will have prepared a first draft of a story for children.

F156 Children's Writing Workshop
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Children's Writer’s Workshop is an open workshop for those who have completed WVU’s children's writers courses and are now nearing the submission stage. Serious tweaking. Sharing of information

F234 Crafting Children's Stories
This course covers writing for older children on to the young adult story lines.

F238 Introduction to Children’s Writing
Acquainting yourself with a variety of picture books and the Children's Book Award list. Researching children's publishers.

F240 Children’s Characters
This course is designed to show you how to breathe life into your character.

F248 Picture Books with Minimal Text
Students will develop a simple story line with a simple plot keeping the story’s total word count at 600

F300 Crafting Stories for Children
There is an art to storytelling- especially for children. Once the basic principles are mastered, thee are no boundaries, a good story flows from the understanding of writing and structure, character development and plot. Throughout history, storytelling is ever present. Later those same stories would go on to be written, from the original stories to present ,not much has changed; and to share that writing with children gives them a glimpse into the past, can educate them, and even open new worlds.

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

 New Classes Begin Every Week.
All courses are free to members.  

AUGUST

L239 Louisa May Alcott Short Story (Aug 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 08)
MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count (Aug 09)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 15)
MFA216 Voice and Style (Aug 16)
L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story (Aug 21)
P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound (Aug 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 22)
MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration (Aug 23)
MFA709 The Difficult Imagination Part 3 (Aug 27)
B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character (Aug 29)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 29)
MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them (Aug 30)
MFA250: How to Hook the Reader (Aug 30)

SEPTEMBER

L241 Willa Cather Short Story (Sept 04)
F220: Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters (1 Week) (Sept 05)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Sept 05)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 05)
MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Sept 06)
MFA355: Verse Forms (Sept 06)
MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image (Sept 06)
MFA704 THE ART OF TIME (Sept 10)
MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop (Sept 10)
L305 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Sept 11)
P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry (Sept 12)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 12)
B154 Finding Your Voice (Sept 12)
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith (Sept 12)
MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction (Sept 13)
MFA251: Story Focus (Sept 13)
L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Sept 18)
F2K Creative Writing Course (Sept 19)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 19)
B306 The Middle - Part One: Time and Space (Sept 19)
MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY (Sept 20)
MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative (Sept 20)
MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Workshop (Sept 24)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Sept 26)
B307 The Middle Part Two: Bringing Abstract Ideas to Life (Sept 26)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 26)
MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision (Sept 27)
MFA252 Emotions and POV (Sept 27)