Jan 282016
 

If you are new to children’s writing, you may feel like there is a lot to learn.. and there IS! There are some good courses available through providers like the Institute of Children’s Literature and Writer’s Digest University. The issue with these courses for most writers is their cost. You can teach yourself all you need to know about writing children’s books by purchasing books used to teach writing skills.

If you’d like a less expensive route, and are capable of self-teaching, the following books are recommended for consideration:

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, 3rd Edition

Writing with Pictures: How to Write and Illustrate Children’s Books

Elements of Fiction Writing – Beginnings, Middles & Ends

Creating Characters Kids Will Love

Fiction Writer’s Workshop

The Plot Thickens: 8 Ways to Bring Fiction to Life

Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time

Writing Active Setting: The Complete How-to Guide with Bonus Section on Hooks Box Set

How to Write Dazzling Dialogue: The Fastest Way to Improve Any Manuscript

The Writer’s Guide to Queries, Pitches and Proposals

Reading some, or all of these books, rather than spending several hundred dollars for one of the popular courses will help you write better stories for publication. By reading these books before you begin submitting, you will also gain critical skills that will help you get your first contract.

Best of luck with your writing and I hope this site, the tips within, and the resources we’ve provided will help you further your career as a children’s writer.

Happy Submissions!
Sandy

Also, please note: I am an author, not a publisher nor an agent, so I do not accept submissions of any kind.  Neither do I make recommendations regarding where to submit your manuscript. I wish you the BEST of luck in your publishing endeavors.

May I suggest starting with:
How Do I Get Started Writing for Children?
Which Publisher Should I Submit To?
How do I find a critique group?
How do I find an Agent?
Join The CBI Clubhouse Children’s Writing Community!

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  One Response to “Children’s Writers Course Curriculum”

  1. Excellent advice, Sandy.

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