About

We are here to teach you to write and get published.

The people who started the Institute of Children’s Literature and Institute for Writers (formerly Long Ridge Writers Group) in 1969 and 1989, respectively, did so because they wanted to help people learn to write and get published. Our methods and courses work, otherwise we wouldn’t still be in business over 50 years later.

I started off by taking courses at the Institute of Children’s Literature and enjoyed the courses very much. I got published almost immediately and just as I was finishing the course, I sold my first story. From that point on I took a few more courses with them [and now have published] over 100 books with over 11 million copies sold. My books have been on many bestseller lists including the New York Times, USA today, Publishers Weekly, and more.

––Wanda E. Brunstetter

 
Our courses, and the way we teach them are unique. Every student receives one-on-one guidance for each assignment. You find out how to write from the extensive course materials that come with every course, and with help from your instructor critiques. 


The Institute of Children’s Literature has over 50 years of history teaching how writing for children and teens, writing for magazines, and writing and selling short stories and articles. Its sister school, Institute for Writers, has over 30 years of teaching the basics of writing stories and articles for publication and how to shape, write, and sell your novel (for an adult audience). 


We know what we’re doing. 


Experienced educators created our correspondence courses then went through the process of getting them approved by the state board of higher education. It’s an exacting process, and since our courses are college-level, crucial to how efficiently our courses teach our students to this day.


A few years ago, husband and wife team Jerry Davis and Katie Davis took over running the schools. Jerry’s career spanned decades in the film industry, working with writers and developing scripts. Katie wrote picture books, middle-grade, and young adult books published by Harcourt (now HMH), Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, and Diversion Books.

 

She has also independently published and edited guides for writers. After taking over, they updated the one-on-one courses, created new ones, and expanded the schools’ offerings. Now there are self-led courses, a critique service, a podcast called Writing for Children, and The Writers’ Block, a membership group offering exclusive guidance, support, and critiques.


The foundation courses from the Institute of Children's Literature and Institute For Writers are unique. Every student receives one-on-one guidance for every assignment. You find out how to write from the extensive materials that come with every course, and from individual critiques from your instructor. 


I went through the Institute of Children's Literature and I loved it! I learned so much that helped move me forward through writing and the publishing world. The lessons were each wonderful and resourceful, filled with loads of information. I would highly suggest taking a course from them. They're a big part of where I am as an author now! I personally give them 5 stars! I wouldn't have asked for anything different. They were great! I had a wonderful instructor and a great experience.

 ––Lauri Schoenfeld

 

 

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