Institute of Children's Literature

Are you a someday person or a now person?

So many people dream of writing a book for children “someday.” You have the power to make your dream come true now.


Take our aptitude assessment and if you qualify, one our instructors––all of whom are nationally published––will be your personal mentor on every single assignment in our Writing for Children and Teens course. It’s a college level course where you receive six college credits. 

Our instructors have firsthand knowledge of what editors are looking for, and your instructor will develop a teaching plan for your needs and goals. Our instructors are experts at knowing how to guide and encourage our students every single step of the way.


We’ve been doing this since 1969. We are specialists.

Just do the math:

  • 404,000 students.
  • 1,000 publishers have worked with our instructors.
  • 200 medals, prizes, and awards won by our faculty.
  • 26,000 books, stories, and articles published by our faculty.
  • 11,000 reports of sales by our students and alums.
  • 40 years teaching people to write.
  • 1 prestigious Newbery Medal awarded to an ICL graduate (Karen Hesse, for her novel, Out of the Dust). 

Learn at your own pace

Our course, Writing for Children and Teenagers, was structured so you could have maximum flexibility; you learn at your own pace within your own schedule, and work in the privacy of your own home.

The cornerstone of this unique course, is its one-on-one teaching: how many college level courses do you know of where every single student is assigned his or her own instructor—and a published writer or experienced editor, at that? You work together to achieve your goals.

You're a class of one

Compare our “class of one” method of teaching with the traditional college or university classroom with one instructor for 20, 30, or even 250 students. Our pairing of a beginner with an accomplished instructor—the classic master-apprentice relationship—gives aspiring authors the finest, most personal training available anywhere.

Exclusive publishing data

One key to our students’ extraordinary record of success is the Institute’s research facility, which continuously monitors the editorial requirements of every publisher and every publication related to children’s literature. This data, published annually in the form of market directories, is available exclusively from the Institute with your course books.

The measures of success

For many students, publication is the yardstick of success. For others, it is the exhilaration they feel in being able to communicate in writing more effectively in their business or professional life.

Whatever your writing objective may be, if you pass our Aptitude Assessment for Children’s Writing and enroll in Writing for Children and Teenagers, we will give you our promise: You will complete at least one manuscript suitable to submit to an editor by the time you finish the course.

Finally, we are dedicated to your satisfaction.


If you're not satisfied that you’ve become a better writer and learned how to market your writing to publishers by the time you’ve completed our program, you can obtain a full refund.



Writing for Children and Teenagers course, offered by the Institute of Children's Literature, is recommended for college credits by the Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards and approved by the Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education.