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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 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 ItThe 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 LoveThis 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 StoryIn this lesson, tools for creating an engaging plot are described.
Lesson 5: Setting and the Art of DescriptionIn 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 StoryDialog is an essential part of any story. This lesson provides dialog-writing tips.
Lesson 7: ModelingThis lesson describes how modeling can help aspiring writers to practice and perfect their craft.
Lesson 8: The First DraftIn this lesson we will discuss strategies that will help you hang in there and get your first draft written.
Lesson 9: Writing is RewritingIn 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 marketsIn 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 UpIn this lesson, you will learn how patience and perseverance are two important keys to becoming a successful, published writer
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Learning OutcomesBy 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.
|Lesson 1 Assignment: Creating Your Writing Schedule||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 1 Exam: Let's Go!||Exam||110|
|Lesson 2 Assignment: A Writing Exercise||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2 Exam: Just Do It||Exam||125|
|Lesson 3 Assignment: Create Your Own Characters||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 3 Exam: Creating Characters Kids Will Love||Exam||115|
|Lesson 4 Assignment: Creating Conflict||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 4 Exam: And Then What Happened? Plot and the Children's Story||Exam||125|
|Lesson 5 Assignment: Creating Descriptions||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 5 Exam: Setting and the Art of Description||Exam||115|
|Lesson 6 Assignment: Writing Dialog||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 6 Exam: He Said, She said. Dialog in the Children's Story||Exam||120|
|Lesson 7 Assignment: Modeling Applications||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 7 Exam: Modeling||Exam||120|
|Lesson 8 Assignment: Taking the First Step||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 8 Exam: The First Draft||Exam||125|
|Lesson 9 Assignment: Revising Your Work||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 9 Exam: Writing is Rewriting||Exam||115|
|Lesson 10 Assignment: Find a Support Group||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 10 Exam: Don't Despair, Share!||Exam||125|
|Lesson 11 Assignment: Finding the Right Market||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 11 Exam: Target Practice: Studying the Markets||Exam||115|
|Lesson 12 Assignment: Submission Log||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 12 Exam: Don’t Give Up||Exam||125|
|The Final Exam||Exam||290|
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