Frequently Asked Questions about Writing for Children

How is writing for kids different than writing for adults?

To write for children, you use a specific form that involves words, pictures and the turning of the page.  This dynamic is particular to the genre.  When you write for young adults, your readers still linger on the bridge between childhood and adulthood, and the voice of the young adult novel needs to inhabit that unique space.

Are there similarities between writing for kids and writing for adults?

Yes.  All good writing has the same requirements.  There must be an authentic voice that will engage others.  And the writer needs to understand how to craft and shape the writing to tell a strong story.

Do I need to know the form in which I want to write?

No.  As you explore how to write for children, your voice will find the forms that best express it:  picture books, chapter books, fantasy, humor and drama.

What is the time commitment for the course?

Just 3 dedicated hours each week will help you learn how to write for kids.  On average, weekly assignments take about 1 hour to complete.   You will also read and respond to the work of your classmates.  This usually takes another hour. Finally, you will participate in weekly conference calls to share feedback on the work of your classmates, and to receive feedback from them and your teacher on your own work.

How many people are in a class?

The Writing for Children online writing classes are limited to 7 participants.

When does the class meet?

Assignments are submitted weekly at your convenience, anytime prior to the deadline of midnight EST on Sunday. Your teacher will work with you to schedule a weekly conference call between you and your classmates to share feedback on one another’s work.

Do I need computer skills to participate in this online writing program?

No.  All you need is a basic familiarity with e-mail.

Do I have to purchase anything?


What are assignments like?

Writing children’s books couldn’t be easier.  Each week for five weeks, you’ll receive a homework assignment by e-mail.  When you complete it, you email it to the entire class anytime prior to midnight EST on Sunday.  Among other things, the assignments will help you:

  • learn a method of list-making to access and elaborate upon memories of childhood;
  • delve into first-person narratives, character explorations and family stories;
  • explore classic children’s book themes such as fantasy writing, circle stories, accumulation tales and transformation stories.
How do I interact with my classmates and teacher?

Each week, you’ll create a brief response to the writing of your classmates, as they, in turn, will do for you.  These are due anytime prior to midnight EST on Tuesday.

These responses and your instructor’s feedback are shared during a weekly conference call, set with your schedule in mind.  Instruction, feedback and supportive community combine to give you a dynamic growth experience.

How is my writing critiqued?

We don’t “critique” in this online writing course, because negative criticism closes off the very openness that allows good writing to flourish.  In Writing for Children participants will support the strengths in each other’s writing and offer targeted feedback that answers questions such as:  What was vivid about the writing?  What held my attention?  Where did my attention flag?  What did I want to know more about?  What wasn’t followed up on?

How is Writing for Children organized?

The online writing program begins with one 5-week segment (PART ONE).  Thereafter you have the option of continuing into PART TWO (another 5-week segment) and PART THREE (a third 5-week segment) if you desire.

How much does it cost?

Writing for Children PART ONE consists of 5 weekly sessions and costs $267.

When's the next class?

New Writing for Children online writing classes start up  throughout the year.  The next class begins Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020.

Continuing classes are scheduled back-to-back, with a 1-week break between each segment.

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How do I register?

You may register online by paying with your credit/debit card through PayPal.  No additional forms are needed.

You may also register offline by check using a printable form.

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