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.  

OCTOBER

L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories (Oct 02)
B101 WVU Orientation (Oct 03)
B308 The Middle Part Three: Transitions (Oct 03)
MFA03 WRITING THE MEMOIR ESSAY (Oct 04)
MFA164 Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Rt Olen Butler) (Oct 04)
B101 WVU Orientation (Oct 10)
MFA220 Editing and Polishing (Oct 11)
MFA253 What Protagonists Want (Oct 11)
N142 Journal-Keeping (Oct 17)
B101 WVU Orientation (Oct 17)
MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out (Oct 18)
MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay (Oct 18)
B101 WVU Orientation (Oct 24)
F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5 (Oct 24)
B103 Grammar (Oct 24)
MFA 231 Art & Artifice (Oct 25)
MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues (Oct 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (Oct 31)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (Oct 31)