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.  

MARCH

MFA206 Minor Characters (March 22)
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (March 27)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le Short Stories (March 27)
B101 WVU Orientation (March 28)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (March 28)
MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (March 29)

APRIL

N140 Writing the Memoir (April 04)
F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (April 04)
B103 Grammar (April 04)
B101 WVU Orientation (April 04)
MFA207 Setting and Character (April 05)
MFA375 Prose Poetry: INTRODUCTION (April 05)
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (April 10)
F307 From Dream to Story (April 11)
B101 WVU Orientation (April 11)
MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (April 12)
MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (April 12)
B101 WVU Orientation (April 18)
MFA376 Prose Poetry: On Discovery (April 19)
MFA208 Difficult Characters (April 19)
MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (April 23)
L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (April 24)
Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (April 25)
B105 Punctuation (April 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (April 25)
MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (April 26)
MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (April 26)
MFA708 The Difficult Imagination - Part 2 (April 30)

MAY

L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 01)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (May 02)
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 02)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 02)
MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 03)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 09)
F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 09)
MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 10)
MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 10)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 15)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 16)
P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 16)
B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 16)
B303 Point of View (May 16)
MFA210 The Art of First Person (May 17)
L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 23)
F174: Writing Booster Workshop - Opposites Attract and Repel (May 23)
MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 24)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 30)
F178 Writing Boosters - Recipe #2 (May 30)
P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 30)
B103 Grammar (May 30)
MFA211 The Art of Third Person (May 31)
MFA155 Flash Fiction - One Page Fictions (May 31)