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
. 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.