How To Write a GREAT Children's Book
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- 50 downloadable resources
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- Certificate of Completion
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- Create quality children's fiction
- Submit to children's book publishers with confidence
- Know the children's writing genre like a professional
- Self publish your own stories for children through Amazon etc
- No prior experience is necessary although a keen interest in children's fiction will help
Learn how to write a children's story that kids will love.
The lessons come in three different formats: video, audio and PDFs - for you convenience and to help which ever way you learn best. There are also numerous e-book downloads to further your understanding. Plus, you may ask questions of the instructors at any time.
The course starts with an overview of the children's writing genre. Then gives advice on how to use positive thinking and goals to begin your writing journey.
Next, specific writing advice is given about how to come up with ideas, characters and plots for outstanding children's stories.
Then you are introduced to the many different genres of children's books. You need to know these so that you can market and target your work more effectively.
After, you will discover more advanced writing techniques that will mark you out as a professional when you begin to either submit your work to publishers or self publish your stories.
In the conclusion you are shown the essential ingredients for writing success.
Finally, you may experience an exclusive interview with bestselling author, Robyn Opie Parnell, writer of over 100 published children's books.
If you've ever thought about writing for children, this course is all you need to succeed.ti
- For new and wannabe writers of children's fiction
The course is designed to familiarize you with the children's writing genre. Reading this opening lecture will help you better understand how to take this Udemy course and how to best navigate the console and find all the resources to make this a course a great experience for you.
Get to know you're tutor and learn about his qualifications, then begin to appreciate what's in store for you during this course. By the end of this course you will be able to write for children, submit to children's book publishers or self-publish your own stories with confidence.
Discover how this course is structured for maximum learning potential. First you get specific advice on children's story construction, taking through characters, plotting and structure. Then we go through the various genres in the hop you will identify the genre that most appeals to you.
Learn the five key elements required to create writing success quickly. Plus a reminder that if you want any feedback or personal advice at all, please contact me. I'm happy to give you any help I can and immediately!
In this lesson I stress the importance of having a plan. Too many new writers fall off the rails or become discouraged too easily because they don't make adequate plans for what they're about to do. When you set goals and specify how you're going to proceed, you're much more likely to succeed.
Basic Story Telling
Since time began there has been agreement - and argument - about how a fiction story should be constructed. In this lesson I present you with a couple of accepted conventions that will help you create stories that are compelling because you follow the formulas presented.
Along with discovering your best point of view character, there are certain other technical issues that need to be decided before you begin writing. These are things like getting your voice right for the age group, deciding how much description you need to employ against exposition, and whether you're going to be including subplots. Also, does you story need to be true?
Children's writing falls into many broad categories. Probably the most easily recognizable of these is the picture book, often large and bound with card, these books are usually meant to be read aloud to children. Many new writers are naturally drawn to writing picture books - thinking they might be easy to construct. However, there are many guidelines and particulars that need to be addressed - hence the need for three lessons on this topic!
Easy Readers are designed to help young kids begin to read. This is achieved by presenting stories that compel a youngster to want to know what happens next. The age group for these stories is anywhere from six to sixteen, because children vary in their abilities and there is a demand for every type of book for every type of reader.
When it comes to getting new books published, the ambitious author could do far worse than attempt chapter books. They are the most frequently taken route for many new authors. Not only are they relatively short, they often use language that is easy to read and write. Plus the stories need only be simple.
Young Adults are classed as anyone from thirteen to nineteen and perhaps older, depending on the type of story. There's an old adage among writers that writing for children is the same as writing for adults - only harder! This is probably most true of young adult fiction where the genre requirements are many but often very flexible.
Once you have mastered basic storytelling within the various children's genres, it may be a good idea to hone your skills to improve your writing technique. The two most important skills a young writer can master are 1. the ability to create compelling dialogue and 2. the preference for showing instead of telling - see the next lesson.
Probably the most crucial lesson any fiction writer can learn is the ability to show stories as opposed to tell them. This lesson gives you a complete overview of the issue and explains in depth exactly how to go about showing instead of telling. This skill is guaranteed to change your success rate as an author overnight.