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 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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Course Title: How to Write Short Stories for ChildrenCourse Number: 7550284Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: How ToCEU 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 earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsInstructor: Melissa BehrendSyllabus: View SyllabusDuration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!Requirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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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.
An Introduction Assignment 5 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 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.