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.

JANUARY 2017

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story - Jan 31

L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Jan 31

FEBRUARY 2017

B101 WVU Orientation - Feb 01

F182: Writing Boosters - Story Starter #2 - Feb 01

MFA172 Flash Fiction - Fixed-Form Narratives - Feb 02

MFA301 Meter - Feb 02

MFA400 Nonfiction: Telling True Stories - Feb 02

L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories - Feb 07

B101 WVU Orientation - Feb 08

F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel - Feb 08

MFA203 The Mask of Fiction - Feb 09

MFA504 A Lesson in Voice and Emotional Filter - Feb 13

L401 Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion - Feb 14

B101 WVU Orientation - Feb 15

F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction - Feb 15

MFA302 The Quatrain Part 1 (Metrical Poetry Series) - Feb 16

MFA173 Flash Fiction: Doing More with Less - Feb 16

L200 Proust & Flaubert - Short Works - Feb 21

L402 C. S. Lewis on Literature - Feb 21

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting - Feb 22

F126 Story Structures - Feb 22

B101 WVU Orientation - Feb 22

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship - Feb 23

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway - Feb 28