How To Write Children’s Stories
Write Storybooks for Children offers you a creative writing course of extraordinary detail, care and expertise with an unbeatable peace of mind assurance, plus the chance to unleash your creativity, boost your enjoyment of life and your appreciation of the world around you
Writing a children’s book is a life’s ambition for many people. Yet, few ever achieve that dream.
Why? Most, burdened by family and work commitments, simply don’t have the time and energy left to write. Others carry wonderful ideas around in their head, yet have no clue how to turn them into words that children would want to read.
If this is you, then we understand exactly how you feel. There’s nothing more frustrating than having a good idea for a children’s story, yet not being able to get started.
Tired, frustrated and disheartened, you end up feeling like a failure because you can’t seem to find the time, energy or inspiration to write. And when you do, the words never seem to turn out the way you wanted them to.
If you’ve always wanted to write a children’s story but have struggled to get started…
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Practical, In-Depth Course
Until now, the only ways to learn the ‘secrets’ of writing children’s stories was to attend expensive classes, hire a writing coach to guide you, or piece together scraps of information from across the internet.
The big problem with these methods is they can be incredibly expensive, hugely time intensive, and completely overwhelming.
For a beginner children’s writer, it just isn’t worth the risk.
These problems made us appreciate the need for a practical, in-depth course that anyone could follow in their own time and at their own pace.
We persuaded some of the world’s top children’s authors and editors to share their secrets and work closely with us to create a superb step-by-step course packed with expert guidance for all those would-be writers.
People just like you…
The Result? The Write Storybooks for Children online course, which gives you all the guidance and intensive, in-depth help you need to write children’s books – even if you haven’t written a thing since high school.
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18 World-Class Course Modules
Introduction to Writing Children’s Stories
In Module One, you’ll discover the exciting world of writing for children. You will begin by uncovering the vital ingredients that are present in every single successful children’s book. You’ll discover how to transform your stories from amateur ramblings, into compelling, page-turning children’s fiction. You’ll identify the ‘voice’ to use in your stories and you’ll know how to plan your story like a true professional, before you write a single word. Throughout this module we give you lots of vibrant, hand-picked examples that clearly illustrate each key learning point. You’ll know exactly how to get started and what to do next.
Age Groups & Story Types
In no other area of publishing are there as many categories as there are in children’s publishing. By the end of Module Two, you will identify the type of book category that is suitable for you. You will also know the age group of children you will write for and you’ll gain an in-depth understanding of each different type of story. As well as all this, you’ll discover the market research techniques used by professional writers, and we’ll let you in on the mistakes that most amateur writers make, so that you can avoid the pitfalls.
Choosing & Developing Your Setting
In Module Three you will uncover expert techniques for choosing and developing your setting. You will also learn the correct way to use the senses in your writing (most beginners get this completely wrong). You’ll also discover the techniques successful children’s writers use for changing the pace of their stories. Finally, you’ll know how to efficiently research and arrange your material like a true pro, before you even put pen to paper. Throughout this module you’ll also be privy to lots of eloquent, hand-picked examples that clearly illustrate each key learning point.
Developing Credible Characters
More rejections result from weak characterization than from any other reason, but by the end of Module Four you will have learned the little-known, yet easily applicable techniques that best-selling children’s authors use to create and develop characters that are credible, and who can react in a believable way to any situation you put them in. It’s a vital module, packed full of golden nuggets of wisdom. Weak characterization will never again be a problem for you after this comprehensive module.
The ability to write good dialogue is central to producing readable fiction. It is one of the major elements by which a story can stand or fall. In Module Five you’ll discover everything you need to know about writing powerful dialogue in your children’s stories. You’ll uncover the key ingredients for writing dialogue, the difference between dialogue and real conversation, and you’ll discover professional techniques for expressing locality, delivering humor and much more. You’ll also be privy to lots of carefully chosen, real life examples of good and bad dialogue in children’s fiction today.
Plotting, Storyline & Theme
Plotting is the most important element of story telling, for without a plot you don’t have a story to tell. Many amateur children’s writers end up with weak or implausible plots that make their readers give up, with loath or frustration. By the end of Module Six you will know the secrets of crafting plots that suck your readers into your story and keep them turning the pages. In this module, we cover plot, theme and storyline in considerable depth, while providing lively examples throughout. You will also discover effective techniques for building climax and much more.
Writing Picture Books for Children
A common misconception among beginner writers is that writing picture books for children is an easy place to start. This is a big mistake! The simplicity of the text, which makes picture books so easy to read, is the result of careful writing and a deep understanding of the purpose of these books and the abilities of the children reading them. In Module Seven, we will immerse you in the world of writing for the Under 7’s. By the end of this extensive module, you will have gained vital industry knowledge, along with the skills and techniques you need to become a highly proficient picture book writer.
Writing for Seven to Twelve Year Olds
In this fascinating module, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the key success factors needed when writing for 7 – 12 year olds. We’ll reveal the 67-year-old formula still used by the world’s best children’s writers today, and we’ll reveal a myriad of essential tips and techniques. You’ll discover the words to use to dramatize your stories, how to inject action and emotion, how to get the pace of your story just right, how to apply sub-plots and how and when to include humor. Plus, we’ll cover a wide variety of themes from giants, witches and wizards, horror stories, to pet stories and much, much more.
Writing Young Adult Fiction
Of all the divisions of writing for children, teenage fiction books are possibly the most difficult. In this comprehensive module, you will get a masterclass in writing young adult fiction. You’ll discover how to invoke powerful emotional experiences within your young adult reader and learn how to connect with them on a psychological level. We’ve also handpicked perfect fitting examples to show you how today’s biggest selling young adult fiction writers create cliffhangers, structure their writing, add specific techniques to create suspense, and use euphonic words to create the reaction they desire from their readers.
Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction for Children
In Module Ten you will take off the shackles of realism and let your imagination run free, as we delve into the world of Science Fiction and Fantasy. As you progress through this captivating module, you will learn how to structure your science fiction and fantasy stories correctly. You will use practical techniques to build your own worlds, as well as name and populate entire planets with plants, alien creatures, and futuristic gadgetry. You’ll discover where and how to research your facts to ensure believability and attain extraordinary attention to detail. You’ll learn how to keep your reader hooked and how to create interesting and subtle twists on already well-used science fiction plots and much more.
Writing Non-Fiction for Children
In Module 11, you’re going to learn everything you need to know about writing non-fiction for children. You’ll discover the little-known writing techniques that are very specific to children’s non-fiction books (ignore this at your peril). You’ll learn about the different types of non-fiction. You’ll discover how to identify a market to write for, and which non-fiction subjects attract the most interest from publishers. This module is packed full of vital tips, and inside knowledge, along with colorful examples of successful non-fiction books throughout.
Writing Drama and Screenplays for Children
Ever fancied yourself as a playwright? In this eye-opening module we’re going to reveal how you can convert your children’s stories or ideas into successful stage productions, TV shows, and radio plays. We’ll reveal the playwriting techniques and considerations that are specific to children, the hidden pitfalls you need to be aware of, and the common mistakes almost all beginners make. We’ll walk you through the entire process from start to finish, including the all-important step of presenting your final script for success. It’s packed with real-life examples throughout and much more.
Writing Secrets of Successful Children’s Authors
How is it that some writers produce successful book after book, yet others take years to write their first manuscript? In this module we’ll deconstruct the writing secrets of some of the world’s most successful authors and uncover the strategies and productivity routines they use to achieve levels of success most children’s writers only dream about. You’ll learn how to finally overcome procrastination and avoid the distractions that stop you becoming the success you can be, and much more. Brimming with tips and golden nuggets of wisdom specific to writing for children.
Insider’s Guide to Getting Published
So, you’ve finally written your first children’s story, now what? In Module Fourteen, we’ll walk you through the entire process of getting your book published, step-by-step. By the end of this module, you’ll know how to submit your manuscript correctly (so that it actually gets read by the publisher). We’ll guide you around the common pitfalls that most newbies fall into. We’ll show you how to work with editors and agents, how to negotiate the best deal for yourself and we’ll reveal the red flags to watch out for. We’ll also coach you through how to turn a sole-destroying rejection letter into a positive experience and much, much more. This is a vital module that will quickly convert you from rank amateur to respected author.
Introduction to Self-Publishing
- The hybrid author
- Why become a hybrid author
- From one-man publisher to mainstream
- Your choices
- Getting published quickly
- The personal family book
- How a hybrid author self-publishes
- Creating a blockbuster book title
- The good and the bad
- Titles for the Early Years (pre-school)
- Sounds of words
- Titles for 5 – 7 years (first time read-alone)
- The tool of the trade
- Comfort and rhythm words
- Slightly naughty words
- Titles for 7+ or 8-11 years
- The middle reader age group
- Making the genre evident
- The tone
- The top mistake to avoid
- A winning method for writing a title
- More sophisticated readers
- Titles for 12 years and teen reads
- Titles for young adults 14+
- Creating a blockbuster non-fiction title
- Self-assessment test
- Much more!
Cover Design & Working with Illustrators
- Creating a blockbuster book cover
- A trick for designing a blockbuster book cover
- Cover designs for digital printing
- Short run book production
- Book cover design of fiction for the Early Years
- Book cover design of fiction for 5+ and 7+
- Book cover design of fiction for 8 – 11 years
- Book cover design of fiction for 11+ and young teens
- Book cover design of fiction for young adults 14+
- Book cover design of non-fiction titles
- A keen eye
- A good exercise
- Working with an illustrator
- Self-assessment test
- Much more!
Digital Printing & e-book Essentials
- The hybrid author and on-the-target marketing
- The Inside Story
- The ISBN question in the new world of publishing
- Who is the publisher?
- A global look at ISBN’s
- Technical info
- Creating blockbuster interiors
- Special story design for children’s books
- Your book is complete
- Print on demand
- The exciting world of eBooks
- Publishing to Kindle
- Publishing to other devices
- How to create PDF files for printing and downloading
- Self-assessment test
- Much more!
- Marketing children’s books for worldwide sales
- Building a reader fan base
- Your blog
- Making it easy-peasy
- How to add personality
- Powerful links
- A strong hook can sell your book
- Extra tips for the adventurous
- Audio books
- Video books
- Making a video or book trailer
- YouTube and extra income
- Post Script
- Final self-assessment test
- Much more!
Discover How To…
Develop An Idea
Choose An Age Group
Structure A Storyline
Create A Plot
Decide Upon A Style
Find A Good Illustrator
Avoid Mistakes That Annoy Editors
Be Noticed By Publishers
Discover How To…
Artistic & Practical
Capture Children’s Hearts
You’ll learn the little knacks of shaping or pacing a story, the effective adjectives that make a character leap off the page and into children’s hearts and imaginations, the little-known approaches that make the difference between a publisher tossing your story on the reject pile or reading your work straight away and so much more.
This advice is artistic and creative. Yet it also offers you shrewd practical help on how to write in a way that will appeal to children and publishing editors alike, how to market your work to publishers and how to write in a disciplined, thoroughly professional way.
In this packed 18-module online writing for children course, authors, editors and publishers alike pass their secrets on to you.
Secrets Such As…
How to get started on that all important first page – the tips and tricks you need.
The vital facts you MUST know before you even switch on your computer or lay out your pens – if your time and enthusiasm isn’t to be wasted.
Bring your characters to life
The simple but effective touches to bring a character to vivid life – and why you should watch your local newsstand very carefully indeed!
How to select an age group to write for… and discover what they really want!
Submitting a manuscript can be as daunting as writing it. We’ll give you our proven 14-step success formula to follow.
Work like a professional
The way to approach your work with professionalism and how this will mark you out from the amateurs in the eyes of publishers.
What you must never, ever do when you approach publishers.
Dealing with publishers
How to deal with publishers. Everything you need to know to ensure you get the best possible deal and don’t get ripped-off.
The 12 most common traps writers fall into and detailed advice on how to steer safely clear of them.
The secrets of writing mystery, adventure, horror and humorous stories.
Secrets of the bestsellers
Why do some children’s stories sell millions and others barely cover costs? The answer may surprise you.
Naming your characters
The little-known power hidden in the names you give your characters.
A simple yet dynamic technique you can use to generate more story ideas than you’ll ever have time to use. You never need to be short of ideas again.
Effective negotiation tips
How to negotiate lucrative merchandising deals into all your publishing contracts. Pay close attention here and it could save you much heartache.
All about pen names. Should you use one? How do you choose one?
Illustrators and designers
Discovering more about designers, illustrators and picture researchers and how to collaborate with them.
TV, theatre and film
How to write for TV, theatre and film. Get this right and it can lead to big success!
The latest, cutting-edge techniques for self-publishing children’s books on the internet.
And so much more!
Master Your Craft
Children’s novels are written in a much simpler language than adult novels, which reduces the burden on the writer – but don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s easy!
Like anything else, you must learn your craft first.
And that’s why we’ve created this course in such a readable, easy, vibrant style with nothing academic or dry about it.
Each Module Is Full of…
Ideas & Inspiration
Examples & Excerpts
Stories & Suggestions
Delivery & Design
Beat The Burden
Through this course you’ll be privy to the routines, rituals and productivity techniques successful children’s authors use to beat procrastination, transform their energy and write book after book – despite the burden of family commitments and full-time jobs.
You will get valuable insights into their lives, as they share their closely-guarded methods, daily structures and unique approaches to their work while communicating their enthusiasm and love of writing.
During these 18 carefully and lovingly crafted modules we will help and inspire you to start writing from the very first page. You will discover how to create the time, energy and space amongst the frenetic activity and pressures of everyday life to finally write that book you’ve been thinking about.
Join the Growing Legion of Credible Children’s Authors…
…It’s Your Turn!
Unleash Your Natural Creativity
Create Something Special
We can’t make you the next J.K. Rowling but we can guide you along the right path and steer you around the pitfalls. From the very start, we will unleash your natural creativity and allow your imagination to soar free.
As you progress you will begin to live out the excitement you knew as a child at the magic phrases, “Once upon a time,” and “Let me tell you a story.” Fire-breathing dragons, misunderstood teenagers, spirited princesses, haunted houses, talking animals – as a children’s author you’ll have the enviable pleasure of bringing them all to life while spending your time inventing.
By the end of this course, you will possess the knowledge and skills you need to create something special, worthwhile and lasting. Perhaps, like our some of our writers, you’ll go on to create a great legacy by writing lasting classics that will be read around the world and loved for generations.
Above all, you will gain an unmatched sense of personal achievement and pride through creating stories that put smiles on the faces of the children in your life.
Starting is simple
All You Need Is…
With Internet Access
Suitable for all
No Prior Experience
A Passion for Writing
Live Happily Ever After!
Write Storybooks for Children offers you a creative writing course of extraordinary detail, care and expertise with an unbeatable peace of mind assurance, plus the chance to unleash your creativity, boost your enjoyment of life and your appreciation of the world around you.
‘Write Storybooks For Children’ is the world’s most popular writing for children course now trusted by over 140,000 people of all ages, nationalities, and abilities. Most of our students had no prior training, qualifications or knowledge in writing stories for children before taking this course.
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Do I need to attend any classes?
No. The course is entirely e-learning, which means that all modules, tests and resources are delivered to you online through our secure e-learning platform. There are no physical classes to attend. One of the great benefits of e-learning is that you can study the course online, during times convenient to you. Best of all, we give you full life-time access.
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WriteStorybooksForChildren.com is the product of many hundreds of hours of work and experience by a world-class team of bona fide best-selling children’s authors and online training experts.
Do I need any writing experience or qualifications?
No prior knowledge, experience or qualifications are required to take this course. The course has been designed for everyone from absolute beginners to keen amateurs; we have assumed nothing in advance. The language used is designed to be simple to understand and the course interface intuitive and easy to follow with no complicated jargon.
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You can combine achieving professional standard training along with a qualification, in and around your job and family commitments. It is this level of flexibility that makes our e-learning course the ideal choice for most people. All you need is a computer or hand-held device with internet access to take this course.
Will this course be relevant to my country?
The Write Storybooks For Children course has been created by a team of international best-selling children’s authors, professional editors and established publishers worldwide.
The information, principles, techniques and strategies taught within this course are universal and therefore completely relevant to aspiring and published authors worldwide. Currently, we have students taking the course in more than 50 countries.
What are the specific modules I will study?
You can learn more about each of the 18 modules within the course here. As part of Write Storybooks for Children you also receive automatic access to additional areas of the site, such as our download area containing additional training materials along with our chat wall and discussion forum.
Do I have to take any tests during the course?
Yes. We have developed an advanced self-assessment testing system designed to ensure an efficient and effective learning experience. At the end of each module there is a multiple-choice self-assessment test consisting of 10 questions (18 tests in total).
Each test has a minimum passing score which you must achieve before you can move onto the next module in the course. You can take each module test as many times as you like until you pass, at which point your passing results are recorded in our national database and contribute towards your final score. Our testing system assesses your answers and calculates your score instantly.
This means no more waiting days or weeks for an assessor to mark your results and get back to you, like other more outmoded courses.
How am I graded?
Your overall passing grade is calculated as you move through the course and complete each module test. Your final score is an overall average grade of all 18 module tests. Your final grade is then printed onto your pass certificate.
There are no time-limits for completing individual modules and no time limits for taking the tests. However, once you decide to start a test it must be completed in one go. You cannot stop a test midway through and return to it later, like you can with the course content. You can view your course history and your current overall grade at anytime during the course.
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You will receive a self-printable PDF version of your certificate which you can download immediately on completing the final module of the course. A high quality, professionally printed edition is available on request.
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