Children's writing is a specialised craft. It is a rewarding, inspirational, and often demanding, branch of writing. Very few people can easily recall their own childhood, and write in a manner that children can relate to. For most, it takes many hours, months, and possibly years, to write a unique and appealing story that children will want to read. This course is designed to set you on an appropriate course for more successful writing geared to the children's market.
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Understanding Children
- Children's thoughts
- Children's needs
- Child development.
- Overview of Children's Writing
- Categories (fiction & non fiction)
- Understanding the market place
- Analyse and understand what is needed for the different categories, etc.
- Conceptualisation: Conceiving a concept
- Where & how to find inspiration/influence.
- Developing a concept
- How to plan.
- Children's Writing for Periodicals
- Children's pages in magazines
- Newspapers, etc.
- short Stories
- Texts (writing to satisfy curriculum).
- Other (eg. nature, history, biography, hobbies).
- Science fiction
- Picture Books and Story Books
- Editing your work
- Spelling & punctuation
- Improving clarity
- Cleaning out clutter
- Write a short story, picture book or kids page for a (hypothetical) periodical.
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Develop lists of imaginary titles and brief descriptions of stories that would be appropriate in your society (or country) for children of different age groups.
- Analyse the page(s) in a text aimed at children in terms of language complexity and style, conciseness of the writing, content, graphic layout, etc
- Determine concepts for children's writing.
- Develop outlines that would help you to write about each concept.
- Develop a set of guidelines (or a plan), that a writer should follow in regular preparation of a children's page in a newspaper, and consider what, in your opinion, is
- the purpose of a children's page in a daily newspaper.
- Discuss how you would approach writing a comic, and why you think this would be the best approach for you?
- Write short articles or stories, suitable for situations such as: An educational magazine, A preschooler or infant school age magazine or Aa teenage boy or girl magazine
- Write a short story.
- Identify a non-fiction book for children which you would be suited to write.
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Course Duration: 100 Hours
DeliveryOnline & Correspondence
Course REF: BWR104