Writing for Children
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Writing for Children

Everything you need to create a bestselling Picture Book, Storybook, Middle Reader or Young Adult Novel!
4.3 (55 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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  • 3 hours on-demand video
  • 16 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Explore the different types of Picture Books and Storybooks
  • Discover the difference between Emergent Readers and First Chapter Books
  • Learn what content belongs in a Middle Reader
  • Analyze popular themes in children's fiction
  • Discover the difference between Story and Plot
  • Discover the market for children's nonfiction
  • Create your story idea using Dramatic Elements as a foundation
  • Learn to build a compelling character children will relate to
  • Discover the successful way to sell your book to a publisher
  • Explore the lucrative world of self-publishing both physical and ebooks
  • Discover wonderful marketing techniques that will make your book sell
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  • Open to everyone with a passion for children's literature!

Children's books are fun to read, and delightful to write. Share yours with a child, grandchild or the public, by discovering the way to write compelling children's literature in the exciting, hands-on course.

Whether your goal is a picture book, storybook, middle reader or young adult novel, this course provides all the tools you need to succeed.

You'll discover the joys of all these different children's genres:

  • Picture Books
  • Concept Books
  • Storybooks
  • Emergent Readers
  • First Chapter Books
  • Middle Readers
  • Young Adult Novels

The course introduces you to great fiction and nonfiction children's books for all ages.

Step by step, you'll learn and practice:

  • What Makes Great Children's Literature
  • The Difference Between Story and Plot
  • Dramatic Elements for Great Fiction
  • Character Building
  • Tips for Polishing Your Work

Once you've created your book, you'll learn how to:

  • Find a publisher or agent
  • Capitalize on the lucrative world of self-publishing
  • Market your book for fun and profit!

In addition to the lessons, the course offers extensive supplemental materials, including reference lists of great children's books in all categories, and more than a hundred links to web resources vital to any children's author.

Whether this is your first children's book or you're an experienced author looking for new techniques, Writing for Children has what you need to get your idea published. Enroll now!

Who is the target audience?
  • Authors and Illustrators who want to create inspiring children's books
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Curriculum For This Course
15 Lectures
Exploring Children's Literature
7 Lectures 01:21:30

Let's explore the exciting world of children's literature together!

Preview 17:23

Let's look at some wonderful picture books!

Picture Books

Emergent readers introduce children to reading on their own.

Emergent Readers

The next step in learning to read emphasizes more words on a page and less repetition.

First Chapter Books

Now fully proficient as readers, middle grade students are reader for more complex themes.

Middle-Grade Readers

Young Adult novels are some of the best fiction being written today. Here's why.

Young Adult

Non-fiction is a best-selling children's book category. This lesson explains how to make it exciting for your readers.

Writing Your Own Children's Book
4 Lectures 51:41

The key to writing great fiction is to understand the vital difference between plot and story.

Plot vs. Story

Story patterns make it easy to write a story that's guaranteed to work!

Story Patterns

A great children's story is based upon a solid foundation of four dramatic elements.

Dramatic Elements in Children's Literature

These tips will help you polish your manuscript to perfection.

Getting Into Print
4 Lectures 33:31

These tips will help you stay out of the slush pile and find a publisher for your children's book.

Finding a Publisher

This is the golden age of self-publishing. Here's how to become a part of it.


Learn about agents, contracts, marketing and promotion to turn your book into a bestseller.

The Business of Writing

Here are some great ideas for how to continue your journey toward becoming a children's author.

Next Steps
About the Instructor
Steve Alcorn
4.6 Average rating
689 Reviews
8,066 Students
14 Courses
Published Author and Educator

Steve Alcorn is a theme park designer, author, teacher, and the founder of Writing Academy. His novels include mysteries, young adult stories, historic fiction and romance. His is also the author of How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve has helped more than 20,000 aspiring writers structure their novels, through the online learning programs of 1500 colleges and universities worldwide. Many of his students are now published authors, and you can be, too!

Dani Alcorn
4.6 Average rating
211 Reviews
2,674 Students
5 Courses
Author and Screenwriter

Dani is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays: 

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide
Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.