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.  

MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Workshop (October 16)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (October 17)
B101 WVU Orientation (October 18)
B103 Grammar (October 18)
N142 Journal-Keeping (October 18)
MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay (October 19)
MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out (October 19)
F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5 (October 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (October 25)
MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues (October 26)
MFA 231 Art & Artifice (October 26)
L306 Swann's Way - Proust (October 31)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (Nov 01)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 01)
MFA05 The Contemplative Essay (Nov 02)
MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry (Nov 02)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 08)
MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics (Nov 09)
MFA232 Backstory (Nov 09)
L311 W. W. Jacobs Short Stories (1 Week) (Nov 14)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 15)
B303 Point of View (Nov 15)
MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger (Nov 16)
L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) (Nov 21)
B154 Finding Your Voice (Nov 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 22)
MFA256 Conflict and Change (Nov 23)
L402 C. S. Lewis on Literature (Nov 28)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 29)
MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan (Nov 30)