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. 

JUNE 2017

MFA510 Fairy Tales and Folk Tales (June 22)

L312 Julio Cortázar Shorts (June 27)

B101 WVU Orientation (June 28)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (June 28)

B103 Grammar (June 28)

MFA213 The Art of Sequencing (June 29)

MFA157 Flash Fiction - The Story in the Title (June 29)

 

JULY 2017

B101 WVU Orientation (July 05)

B305 Dialogue - Expression (July 05)

MFA054 Flash Nonfiction: Singular Moments - Against the Grain (July 06)

MFA102 Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax (July 06)

L237 Ray Bradbury Short Stories (July 11)

B101 WVU Orientation (July 12)

MFA214 Describing and Withholding (July 13)

MFA158 Flash Fiction - Opening Up Your Writing (July 13)

L401 Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (July 18)

B105 Punctuation (July 19)

B101 WVU Orientation (July 19)

MFA103 Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence (July 20)

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (July 25)

B101 WVU Orientation (July 26)

MFA215 Inflection, Tone and Pitch (July 27)

MFA159 Flash Fiction - Smart Surprise (July 27)

MFA404 Writing for Online and Print Markets (July 28)

MFA755 Writing Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Part 1 (July 31)