Writing for Children:  Voice, Story & Structure

An online writing class for anyone wishing to learn how to write for children or young adults.

Next class begins Feb. 25, 2020

The magical thing about writing for kids is, you get to meet the child still alive inside you!

Do you remember the smell of damp earth after rain?  Being afraid of the dark?  Can you recapture the feeling of how tall everybody was around you?  What about the lump in your throat when a teacher raised her voice?  Or the relief when you got lost and some kind grown-up helped you home?

Writing For Children: Voice, Story & Structure will show you how to unlock that storehouse of impressions and experiences where fresh stories wait on every shelf.  Weekly assignments guide you in blending memory and imagination.  Writing exercises teach specific skills.  You will learn how to write a children’s book by:

  • Building structures that carry strong stories;
  • Tapping into a fresh, authentic voice relevant to children or young adults;
  • Modeling on traditional children’s book themes (fantasy writing, circle stories, accumulation tales, transformation stories).

Writing a children’s book is something anyone can do.  The secret ingredient is speaking directly to the child.  It’s the wonder of discovery, and it occurs when the authentic voice of the writer meets the authentic self of the child.  You can make that magic easily, naturally, in this exciting five-week online writing course, Writing for Children:  Voice, Story & Structure.

A delightful and rewarding class. Helena’s comments reflected thought and experience, they made me think about my writing in new ways. – Dorothy Kohrherr


Also offered as a long weekend retreat in upstate New York’s Catskill Mountains.

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Class Schedule

The next PART ONE Writing for Children class (5 weekly sessions) begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020, and costs $267.

Small classes fill quickly!

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Your Instructor

Helena Clare PittmantHelena Clare Pittman teaches this in-depth exploration of how to write a children’s book. Helena is the bestselling author of A Grain of Rice, and the author/illustrator of 17 other books. Her work has appeared on the Smithsonian List and The New York Times Best Paperbacks List.

Helena has taught writing for children in the Graduate School of Education at  City University of New York, Queens College, and Children’s Book Illustration at The Parsons School of Design. Her young adult novel, Ruthie Pincus of Brooklyn, has just been published by Maple Hill Press.

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