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How to Write Short Stories for Children

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Do you long to write but feel like you're too busy? Writing for children can be the answer. Children's stories are generally far shorter and simpler than stories for adults. You can draft an 800 word children's story during a couple of lunch hours or during your child's nap times. Many noted children's authors started writing in short bursts when their own young children were sleeping or playing nearby.

Writing for children is by no means easy, however. Children's book and magazine editors expect well developed characters, engaging plots, and vivid description, all in a very small package. Good children's writers learn to make every word count. Communicating effectively with kids means using language they can understand but not talking down to them, and this is easier said than done. In this course, we will look at the elements that go into an effective children's story, from initial idea to finished manuscript. If you've always wanted to write but don't know where to start, we'll cover that too. And once you have a few good stories under your belt, you'll want to find publishing outlets for them. We'll go over the basics of submitting to publishers and even of publishing books yourself.

Writing stories for children can be a fascinating hobby or a challenging career. You can write for your own kids, or publish stories and books that will reach thousands of eager readers. Either way, you will gain the satisfaction of knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of children who hear or read your words.

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  • Lesson 1: Let's Go!

    One of the biggest obstacles writers face is finding the time to write. This lesson provides some strategies for finding the time to work on your writing projects.
  • Lesson 2: Just Do It

    The way to become a writer is to simply sit down and begin to write. This lesson will provide some strategies for doing this.
  • Lesson 3: Creating Characters Kids Will Love

    This lesson will show us how to create characters that our readers can relate to and thus become interested in.
  • Lesson 4: And Then What Happened? Plot and the Children's Story

    In this lesson, tools for creating an engaging plot are described.
  • Lesson 5: Setting and the Art of Description

    In this lesson, you will learn the importance of creating vivid descriptions and how these descriptions will help to engage and captivate your reader.
  • Lesson 6: He Said, She said. Dialog in the Children's Story

    Dialog is an essential part of any story. This lesson provides dialog-writing tips.
  • Lesson 7: Modeling

    This lesson describes how modeling can help aspiring writers to practice and perfect their craft.
  • Lesson 8: The First Draft

    In this lesson we will discuss strategies that will help you hang in there and get your first draft written.
  • Lesson 9: Writing is Rewriting

    In this lesson, we will discuss some techniques that will help you revise and improve your own work.
  • Lesson 10: Don't Despair, Share!

    In this lesson, we will learn how seeking other people's viewpoints can prove to be valuable to your finished story.
  • Lesson 11: Target Practice: Studying the markets

    In this lesson, you will learn how getting to know the markets you are aiming for can increase your chances for publishing success.
  • Lesson 12: Don't Give Up

    In this lesson, you will learn how patience and perseverance are two important keys to becoming a successful, published writer

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Course Title: How to Write Short Stories for Children
Course Number: 7550284
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Melissa Behrend
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe creating characters kids will love.
  • Define plot in the children's story.
  • Describe setting and the art of description.
  • Describe dialog in the children's story.
  • Define modeling.
  • Create a first draft.
  • Describe the revision process and what to look for.
  • Describe ways to handle rejection and learn from criticism, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Creating Your Writing ScheduleAssignment25
Lesson 1 Exam: Let's Go!Exam110
Lesson 2 Assignment: A Writing ExerciseAssignment25
Lesson 2 Exam: Just Do ItExam125
Lesson 3 Assignment: Create Your Own CharactersAssignment25
Lesson 3 Exam: Creating Characters Kids Will LoveExam115
Lesson 4 Assignment: Creating ConflictAssignment25
Lesson 4 Exam: And Then What Happened? Plot and the Children's StoryExam125
Lesson 5 Assignment: Creating DescriptionsAssignment25
Lesson 5 Exam: Setting and the Art of DescriptionExam115
Lesson 6 Assignment: Writing DialogAssignment25
Lesson 6 Exam: He Said, She said. Dialog in the Children's StoryExam120
Lesson 7 Assignment: Modeling ApplicationsAssignment25
Lesson 7 Exam: ModelingExam120
Lesson 8 Assignment: Taking the First StepAssignment25
Lesson 8 Exam: The First DraftExam125
Lesson 9 Assignment: Revising Your WorkAssignment25
Lesson 9 Exam: Writing is RewritingExam115
Lesson 10 Assignment: Find a Support GroupAssignment25
Lesson 10 Exam: Don't Despair, Share!Exam125
Lesson 11 Assignment: Finding the Right MarketAssignment25
Lesson 11 Exam: Target Practice: Studying the MarketsExam115
Lesson 12 Assignment: Submission LogAssignment25
Lesson 12 Exam: Don’t Give UpExam125
The Final ExamExam290
Total Points:2030

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  • "What was most helpful was generally the course content. I'm a beginner at writing childrens stories and found it fascinating....Very enjoyable." -- Julie F.

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