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 2017

MFA751 Writing Literary Fiction - Part Two (March 27)

L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (March 28)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (March 29)

B101 WVU Orientation (March 29)

MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (March 30)

 

APRIL 2017

L403 The Immense Journey - Loren Eiseley (April 04)

N140 Writing the Memoir (April 05)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 05)

F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (April 05)

MFA207 Setting and Character (April 06)

MFA304 The Quatrain Part 2 (Metrical Poetry Series) (April 06)

MFA707 Art of Reading (and Writing) (April 10)

L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (April 11)

B169: Promotional Copywriting (April 12)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 12)

F307 From Dream to Story (April 12)

MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (April 13)

MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (April 13)

L231 Paul Yoon Short Stories (April 18)

B116 Revising and Editing (April 19)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 19)

MFA208 Difficult Characters (April 20)

MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (April 24)

L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (April 25)

Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (April 26)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 26)

B302 Giving Feedback (April 26)

MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (April 27)

MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (April 27)

 

MAY 2017

MFA708 The Difficult Imagination - Part 2 (May 01)

L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 02)

B103 Grammar (May 03)

F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 03)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 03)

MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 04)

MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay (May 04)

B105 Punctuation (May 09)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 10)

F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 10)

MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 11)

MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 11)

L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 16)

P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 17)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 17)

B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 18)

MFA05 The Contemplative Essay (May 18)

L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 23)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 24)

MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 25)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 31)

P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 31)