Writing for Children Courses
The Blackford Centre for Writing for Children
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Certificate in Writing for Children
Ever wondered how to write for children?
This course will teach you the top tips and tricks of writing for a younger audience.
Our course in writing for children will teach you everything you need to know about writing for a younger audience.
- Do you like the idea of inspiring children all over the world?
- Of seeing your name in print?
Then this course is for you.
We cover everything, from books for toddlers up to teenagers. Plus, you'll get an overview of writing in general, preparing you for anything you choose to try. It could be the start of a brand new career!
What could be better than hearing your name alongside the likes of Roald Dahl and JK Rowling?
Whether you're new to it or you've already produced many stories for children, we'll cover everything you need. The course is online, meaning you can learn when it suits you. There's no need to worry about pacing – you can fit it around your own life.
You'll start with the basics, such how to get started as a children's author. Then we'll move on to the specifics. Though the course teaches you to write books for children and teenagers, we include writing tips you can apply anywhere. Topics you will cover include:
- Writing stories for children
- Building strong characters
- Creating a believable world
- Planning a sophisticated plot
- How to write dialogue
- How to 'voice' a story
Once you've worked through that, we'll move on to more specific areas. You'll be able to focus most on what interests you, while getting a good background in all areas of writing for a young audience. You'll learn about:
- Writing villains for specific age groups
- Keeping your characters relevant
- Writing for under 7s
- Writing for 7 – 12 years olds
- Writing for teenagers
- Non-fiction for children
- Choosing age-appropriate themes
Of course, you'll want to know what to do after you finish your children's story. There are many ways to get noticed. We've got a module on how to get a publisher, and one on self-publishing. Whatever method you choose, we're there every step of the way.
If you have a problem you can contact our course advisors. So if you get stuck or need advice just get in touch and we will answer your query.
But how easy is it to get noticed, and how will this course help?
The real secret of getting noticed is being a capable, confident author. We can help you perfect those first few pages and catch the eyes of readers everywhere. As well as this, our modules on getting published will give you an advantage over other writers. You'll learn what publishers and readers want, and how to sell it to them.
Getting noticed isn't easy, but you can do it – and we can show you how.
Aiming at the right age groups
One of the hardest parts of writing for children is knowing how to pitch your story. What age is it for? How can you make it work for them? We'll look at how to write for different age groups:
- Under 7s
By the time you've finished our course, you'll know which age groups to aim at, and how to write for them.
What about non-fiction?
We cover that too! If you want to engage young audiences with educational material, look no further. Our fiction modules contain relevant tips, such as:
- Writing for certain age groups
- Keeping the reader attentive
- Getting published
We also cover non-fiction on its own. We'll look at using illustrations and data, and how to do research. If you want to be known as an inspiring teacher, we can get you there.
How is the course assessed?
Want to write for young adults? Reluctant readers? Learn how in the course.
The course has 16 assessments which help you check that you've absorbed the information. They also prepare you for the final exam. If you get at least 65% in the final exam, you'll receive a downloadable Certificate in Children's Writing.
The course also has many self-assessment exercises and projects. With all this help you’ll be able to identify your weak spots, practise the new skills you're learning, and track your improvement.
For an extra £50 you can opt to get a second, independent award from ABC, a leading accreditation body, and one that is recognised by Ofqual.
It's further evidence of your abilities in children's writing. You might use it to earn money by tutoring aspiring writers?
What skills will I come away with?
By the end of the course, you should have a strong grasp on:
- The basics of writing
- Knowing who you're writing for
- Researching and planning your story
- Writing strong, interesting characters
- Writing a sophisticated plot
- Choosing appropriate themes and developing them
- Presenting realistic, age-appropriate dialogue
- The differences in writing for under 7s, 7-12 year olds and teenagers
- Writing non-fiction
- Traditional publishing
Receiving your course material
The course is delivered at weekly intervals to your inbox. If you don't receive your course email, check your spam box. If it hasn't arrived, call us on 01373 837 464 or email us.
We look forward to helping you succeed.
With best wishes
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