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.  

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 02)

MFA105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy (Aug 03)

L239 Louisa May Alcott Short Story (Aug 08)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 09)

MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count (Aug 10)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 16)

B302 Giving Feedback (Aug 16)

MFA216 Voice and Style (Aug 17)

MFA505 The Homage or Tribute Story (Aug 17)

L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story (Aug 22)

B103 Grammar (Aug 23)

P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound (Aug 23)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 23)

MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration (Aug 24)

MFA709 The Difficult Imagination Part 3 (Aug 28)

B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character (Aug 30)

B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 30)

MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them (Aug 31)

MFA250: How to Hook the Reader (Aug 31)

L241 Willa Cather Short Story (Sept 05)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 06)

F220: Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters (1 Week) (Sept 06)

MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Sept 07)

MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image (Sept 07)

MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop (Sept 11)

B154 Finding Your Voice (Sept 13)

P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry (Sept 13)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 13)

MFA251: Story Focus (Sept 14)

MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction (Sept 14)

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Sept 19)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 20)

F2K Creative Writing Course (Sept 20)

MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative (Sept 21)

MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY (Sept 21)

B101 WVU Orientation (Sept 27)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Sept 27)

B105 Punctuation (Sept 27)

MFA252 Emotions and POV (Sept 28)

MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision (Sept 28)