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Writing Stories for Children

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Writing Stories for Children

Designed by professional writers, Stratford’s Writing Stories for Children course can help you develop the qualities needed to write a good children’s book or story.

This course delves deeply into the entire process of writing a children’s story from idea generation to publishing. Students can learn how to write for varying age levels and gain a valid understanding of how to work toward a career as a children’s author.

Get started today and help children develop the same love of reading and writing you enjoyed as a child and now as an adult.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the median annual salary for writers and authors is $61,240.* A writing salary can vary depending on the place of employment, educational attainment, and the specific duties performed.

You'll also receive a FREE copy of Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, which is a book full of contact and submission information for individuals looking to get published.
The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stories for Children
• Foundation and Format
• Structural Designs
• How to Make Your Book a Page-Turner
• Ending Your Story Effectively
• Scenes, Story and Quest
• Plot and Subplot
• Cast of Characters
• Point of View
• Inner and Outer Dialogue
• Promise, Premise, Theme and Moral
• Voice and Tone
• Setting and Senses

Writing for Children and Young Adults
• Clarity and Connection
• Experience and Emotion
• Proficiency and Practice
• Promise and Premise
• Effort and Flow
• Intention and Invention
• Interest and Change
• Power and Attention
• Structure and Sensibility
• Obstacles and Negotiation
• Movement and Momentum
• Person and Personality
• Teases and Trust
• Worlds and Wonders
• Perspective and Polishing
• Vision and Revision
• Love and/or Money

Writing Picture Books
• Target Audience
• Various Formats
• Story Questions and Answers
• Points of View that Work Best for Picture Books
• Use of Correspondence between Characters
• Effect of Changing Tense, Time Period and Location of a Story
• Creating Compelling and Consistent Characters
• Writing a Strong Title, Opening and Attention-Getting First Line
• Three-Act Structure
• Rhyme and Rhythm
• Poetic Tools
• Figures of Speech
• Writing Scenes and a Strong Ending
• Selling Your Manuscript

Illustrating Children’s Picture Books
• Picture-Book Timeline, Form and Format
• Style Genre and Audience
• Balancing Words and Pictures
• Working with Color, Distance and Perspective
• Developing a Narrative
• Character Design and Emotion
• Pen and Ink, Watercolor Painting and 3-D Cut-Paper Collage
• Vectors and Bitmaps
• Photographic Picture Books
• Corel Painter
• Board Books for Babies and Toddlers
• Illustrating Books for Older Readers
• Comics for Kids

Write and Revise for Publication
• Drafting, revising and fine-tuning your story
• Marketing your work
This educational program is an introductory course designed to help students gain knowledge necessary for the vocational application of this subject.

We take great pride in providing you with the most up-to-date textbooks and equipment. One or more of the above-mentioned subjects may, therefore, change if updating becomes necessary during the course of your studies. The order in which the material is presented may vary.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016-17 Edition
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Writing Stories for Children Course

"I am currently working on a series of short stories for children. I am very excited about getting started in my new career."

- Misty D.

"I am currently writing my first novel because of the course and have great reviews about it."

- Terri J.