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This course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers. Participate in a dynamic online community of writers as you experiment with your own writing and develop your voice. This course will guide you with a combination of video lectures, online readings, peer reviews, and guest appearances from world-renowned children’s authors. As you work through the writing exercises, you will give and receive feedback from your peers and gain tools and techniques for improving your writing. During this course you will identify stories that matter to you, explore cultural significance and boundaries, and shape your identity as a writer; become familiar with standard elements of narrative (character, setting, plot, theme, language, dialogue, point of view); reflect on your own work and practice essential self-editing skills; see the different ways in which words and art interact, and the possibilities of longer narrative forms; come away with practical insights into publishing options; and create a plan for pursuing your enthusiasm for writing. By the end of the course, you will have ten to twelve extracts of writing that you can develop into a portfolio. Join a dynamic community of many voices from around the world. Find inspiration in your own voice, heart, and place so that you can tell the stories for young readers you’ve always wanted to tell.

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Approx. 16 hours to complete

Sugerido: 8-15 hours
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Subtítulos: English, Spanish, German

Cursos 100 % en línea

Comienza de inmediato y aprende a tu propio ritmo.

Approx. 16 hours to complete

Sugerido: 8-15 hours
Comment Dots


Subtítulos: English, Spanish, German

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course


5 hours to complete

Your Writing Identity

Good children’s writing commonly has a strong sense of identity. This module will give you a chance to think about and practice putting yourself into your writing. We will start by looking at how you can establish effective writing habits and how you can use your own experiences and culture to enrich your writing. We will also discuss ways that you can add depth to your writing by drawing on myths and legends, and by experimenting with different viewpoints....
18 videos (Total 90 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video18 videos
Welcome to Writing for Young Readers3m
Introduction to Your Writing Identity4m
Your Writing Life - Part One3m
Your Writing Life - Part Two4m
You, Your Culture and Story5m
Cultural Myths and Legends4m
Viewpoint - Part One4m
Viewpoint - Part Two2m
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part One: 'the very young experience the world through their skins'7m
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Two: 'for me place and the people are inextricable'5m
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Three 'it came out in eight Indian languages'5m
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Four: 'I suddenly began to see the entire story'8m
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part One: 'I carried exercise books with me everywhere I went'9m
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Two: 'I'm leaving something behind for future generations'6m
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Three: 'one word is worth a thousand pictures'7m
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Four: 'your ears are often your best editor'3m
Module Summary Your Writing Identity2m
Reading7 readings
Course Overview10m
How to Get Help10m
Instructors and Guest Authors10m
Course Materials10m
Extracts: You, Your Culture and Story10m
Extracts: Cultural Myths and Legends10m


3 hours to complete

Genre, Form, and Audience

In this module we will give you an overview of genres and forms that are popular for young readers. We will then move on to a discussion of audience – who your readers are and how you can make your work appealing to your chosen audience. By the end of the module you will have a good sense of the wide range of genres and forms available to you and some techniques that you can use to make the most of the genre or form you are working in....
11 videos (Total 51 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video11 videos
Genre - Part One3m
Genre - Part Two4m
Form - Part One4m
Form - Part Two4m
Audience - Part One4m
Audience - Part Two3m
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part One: 'it can be nice to write just for the sake of writing'8m
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part Two: 'my favourite authors have permeated my brain'6m
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part Three: 'it truly is a magical feeling'5m
Module Summary Genre, Form, and Audience2m
Reading2 readings
Extracts: Genre Types10m
Extracts: Audience10m


4 hours to complete


We’ve covered qualities of writing that make it appeal to an audience – its form, its genre, and its strong personal voice. Now we’ll move on to some structural elements that are key to holding your writing together. We’ll start by looking at character and setting, then move on to plot and theme. Finally, we will focus on language. Language can really bring your writing to life by adding a layer to your characters and setting and by giving your plot a good pace. This is the last module where we look at creating new writing. In the next two modules we’ll focus on editing your work and getting it published....
13 videos (Total 58 min), 5 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Character - Part One3m
Character - Part Two3m
Plot and Theme - Part One4m
Plot and Theme - Part Two3m
Language and Dialogue4m
Other Language Tools4m
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part One 'I let an idea simmer in my head'4m
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Two: 'let the story show you the way'6m
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Three: 'I give them their right to live as characters'5m
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Four: 'I really enjoyed the act of writing itself'4m
Module Summary Structure2m
Reading5 readings
Extracts: Character10m
Extracts: Setting10m
Sample Plot Chart10m
Extracts: Plot and Theme10m
Extracts Language and Dialogue10m


3 hours to complete

Editing and Proofreading

In this module you will learn how to transform your draft work into something that flows well, is free of errors, and is ready to be published. We’ll start by looking at structural editing, where you look at your work’s plot, structure, and themes. Then we’ll move on to the copyediting and proofreading stage, where you focus on perfecting grammar and spelling. We have provided resources and checklists that will help you to practice applying our editing tips to your own work....
10 videos (Total 42 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video10 videos
Structural Editing - Part One3m
Structural Editing - Part Two4m
Structural Editing - Part Three4m
Copyediting and Proofreading - Part One4m
Copyediting and Proofreading - Part Two2m
Interview with Summer Edward - Part One: 'The story keeps telling itself in my mind'5m
Interview with Summer Edward - Part Two: 'don't be afraid to cut'5m
Interview with Summer Edward - Part Three: 'I practice silence'5m
Module Summary Editing and Proofreading1m
Reading3 readings
Structural Editing Checklist10m
Extract: Structural Editing10m
Copyediting Checklist10m


4 hours to complete


In this final module you’ll learn about different ways that you can get your work published and into the hands of young readers. We have included information about a range of different publishing methods available to you, from traditional print publishing to digital publishing. You can also listen to our guest writers talking about how they publish their own work. This MOOC is just a starting point for your writing life. You will soon be ready to join a global network of writers....
12 videos (Total 63 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video12 videos
Forms of Print Publishing6m
Forms of Digital Publishing - Part One4m
Forms of Digital Publishing - Part Two4m
Publishing Opportunities4m
Approaching Publishers7m
Interview with Victoria Azaro - Part One: 'every day I learnt something new'6m
Interview with Victoria Azaro - Part Two: 'you need to wear lots of hats'5m
Interview with Victoria Azaro - Part Three: 'I really draw from my culture'6m
Interview with Victoria Azaro - Part Four: 'write from the heart'5m
Where to From Here5m
Module Summary Publishing3m
Reading3 readings
Examples of Different Publishing Platforms10m
Examples of Different Digital Publishing Platforms10m
Examples of Writing Organisations10m
Direction Signs


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Top Reviews

By RCAug 24th 2015

Very helpful, this course show me that I'm not alone in this path. There are many people with same difficulties and devotion to make their ideas to come in to a fabulous books. thank you for this tool

By DBFeb 7th 2016

I am a beginner wantabee author and publisher, first steps are elementary, as I need. Self paced, life can get in the way. Instructors are wonderful, as are the guest speakers and interviewees Thanks.


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