Writing for Children and Teens
Course Details

Our Writing for Children’s and Teens Course is designed to teach you how to write and market children’s stories, articles, and books.

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Course Goals & Objectives

  • Define personal writing goals and work with one-on-one instructor to accomplish them
  • Identify and develop the techniques of good writing and apply them to own writing
  • Plan and develop ongoing writing projects that match writing skills and interest to editorial needs
  • Develop the ability to direct writing to specific readers and publishers. Gain knowledge that will lead to:

a.       survey and analyze the current children’ magazine and book publishers’ requirements
b.      use interest and experiences as salable idea sources
c.       revise and polish writing to prepare for submission
d.      approach publishers with manuscripts that meet current specifications

curriculum

Outline

A beginning course in teaching students how to write for children and teens, and how to market their writing to publishers

Part 1 – Getting Started (Writing Assignments (1-3)
You are introduced to current markets for children’s stories and articles. At the same time, you’ll develop basic fiction and nonfiction writing skills and learn the discipline of staying within a specified word count.

Part 2 – Targeting the Market (Writing Assignments 4-7)
You learn to target your manuscripts for specific age levels and magazines while refining the writing skills you developed in Part 1.

Part 3 – Choose your own Adventure (Writing Assignments 8-10)
Magazine Article – If it’s for the magazine market, you’ll tailor a story or article to fit the requirements of the publishers you select. Your instructor edits your work and evaluates its suitability for those markets or recommends alternatives.

OR

A Children’s Book—If your personal goal is a book, you’ll analyze publishers’ requirements, prepare an outline, and submit your draft (picture book up to 500 words or early reader 500-1,500 words) to your instructor for review.

Overview

1.  Story based on picture AND Autobiographical letter
2.  Story based on word list
3.  Description of a place recalled from childhood targeted to a young reader
4.  Nonfiction article with market choices
5.  External character description AND 350-word internal character description
6.  Story based on character with market choices
7.  Nonfiction article, query letter AND Revisions of previous assignments
8.  Three story and/or article outlines, with market choices
9.  Complete story or article with query or cover letter
10A. Final story or article with market choices OR Outline/synopsis of proposed book
10B. Either the first two or three chapters of your novel, OR a draft of a picture book up to 500 words, OR early reader book up to 1500 words.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Writing for Children and Teens Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and
Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publications, ISBN 978-1-88715-58-2.

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publications, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8, 2017.

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers lists virtually every market in North America that buys freelance editorial material for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. More than 670 listings include editors, addresses, current guidelines and specs for submissions, plus information on contests, conferences, and industry news.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited b Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.  

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children
and Teens Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Writing for Children and Teens Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publications, ISBN 978-1-88715-58-2.

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publications, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8, 2017.

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers lists virtually every market in North America that buys freelance editorial material for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. More than 670 listings include editors, addresses, current guidelines and specs for submissions, plus information on contests, conferences, and industry news.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited b Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.

IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Supplementary Instructional Materials, IFW Publications:
Talk Abouts.

With ICL, all course materials are included. Details below:
ICL Course Manual Institute for Writers

Writing for Children and Teens Course Manual, IFW Publications.

The Instruction Manual published exclusively for our students. It contains assignments, idea generators, planning guides, writing and revision techniques and guidelines for preparing a book submission package.

From Inspiration to Publication

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publications, ISBN 978-1-88715-58-2.

Offers a wealth of practical advice on every aspect of writing for young adults. From Inspiration to Publication is a distillation of over 50 years of teaching individuals how to write for children and teens, and how to market and sell. It is the best treatment of the subject in print.

Magazine Markets for Childrens Writers

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publications, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers lists virtually every market in North America that buys freelance editorial material for children, teens, their parents, and teachers. More than 601 listings include editors, addresses, current guidelines and specs for submissions, plus information on contests, conferences, and industry news.

Elements of Style Book IFW

The Elements of Style, by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, 4th edition, ISBN 978-0205309023, 2000.

A classic manual on the principles of English language. Decidedly the most practical handbook of grammar, correct usage, punctuation, and effective writing techniques.

Book Markets for Children Writers IClIFL Institute for Writers

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-04-8.

A companion to Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, this comprehensive guide to book publishers whose lists include fiction and nonfiction for young readers, contains articles by specialists in the field, and detailed subject and category indexes.  

Searching Book IFW

Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 9787-1-889715-40-7.

Prepared especially for our students, this handbook introduces a variety of sources and methods available for tracking down information, an indispensable guide to research resources.