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. 

MAY 2017

L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 16)

B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 17)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 17)

P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 17)

MFA210 The Art of First Person (May 18)

MFA05 The Contemplative Essay (May 18)

L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 23)

F174: Writing Booster Workshop - Opposites Attract and Repel (May 24)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 24)

MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 25)

MFA752 Writing Literary Fiction - Part Three (May 29)

F178 Writing Boosters - Recipe #2 (May 31)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 31)

P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 31)

 

JUNE 2017

MFA155 Flash Fiction - One Page Fictions (June 01)

MFA211 The Art of Third Person (June 01)

L236 Faulkner Short Stories (Setting and POV) (June 06)

B101 WVU Orientation (June 07)

MFA212 What is a Plot? (June 08)

L235 Hemingway Short Stories (Dialogue and Exposition) (June 13)

B101 WVU Orientation (June 14)

MFA156 Flash Fiction - Great Thoughts (June 15)

MFA702 Subtext (June 19)

L116: Virginia Woolf - Short Works (June 20)

B101 WVU Orientation (June 21)

B302 Giving Feedback (June 21)

MFA404 Writing for Online and Print Markets (June 22)

MFA510 Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (June 22)

L312 Julio Cortázar Shorts (June 27)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (June 28)

B101 WVU Orientation (June 28)

B103 Grammar (June 28)

MFA213 The Art of Sequencing (June 29)

MFA157 Flash Fiction - The Story in the Title (June 29)