Writing for Children and Teens Course Overview

Our signature, customized writing course for those interested in learning how to write and market children’s stories and articles. Students learn techniques of good writing, develop the ability to direct writing to specific readers, and undertake projects that match their skills and interests to editorial needs of publishers of material for children. Students write and review three article/story outlines targeted to specific magazines and websites as well as one magazine manuscript up to 1,500 words suitable to submit to a publisher.

Our courses are designed for you to set your own pace. The average student takes about 220 hours to complete all assignments. Although most students complete this course in 18 months, ICL allows up to 2 years to complete Writing for Children and Teens.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Writing for Children and Teens Course Manual, IFW Publishing.

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

Magazine Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-23-9, 2021.

Offers a complete roadmap to the changing world of publishing — get the inside scoop on what print and digital publishers are looking for in 2022. In addition to 588 new and updated listings, you’ll find bonus articles to boost your knowledge of the industry and increase your odds of getting published. Plus, you’ll find sections devoted to helping you create a polished submissions package including how to write and format a query letter and how to properly format your manuscript so you can make a professional impression on publishers.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

Book Markets for Children’s Writers, edited by Marni McNiff; IFW Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-24-6, 2021.

Offers a complete roadmap to the changing world of publishing. In addition to 638 new and updated listings, you’ll find bonus articles to boost your knowledge of the industry and increase your odds of getting published. Plus, you’ll find sections devoted to helping you create a polished submissions package including how to write and format a query letter and how to properly format your manuscript so you can make a professional impression on publishers.

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Material Included in your Writing for Children and
Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publishing, ISBN 978-1-889715-58-2.

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

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

Searching: a Research Guide for Writers, IFW Publications, 6th edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-13-0.

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 Publishing.

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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IFW Background   Email14

Material Included in your Writing for Children and Teens Course

From Inspiration to Publication, IFW Publishing, ISBN 978-1-889715-58-2.

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 Publishing, Annual edition, ISBN 978-1-944743-23-9, 2021.

Offers a complete roadmap to the changing world of publishing—get the inside scoop on what print and digital publishers are looking for in 2022. In addition to 588 new and updated listings, you'll find bonus articles to boost your knowledge of the industry and increase your odds of getting published. Plus, you'll find sections devoted to helping you create a polished submissions package including how to write and format a query letter and how to properly format your manuscript so you can make a professional impression on publishers.

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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 978-1-944743-24-6, 2021

Offers a complete roadmap to the changing world of publishing. In addition to 638 new and updated listings, you'll find bonus articles to boost your knowledge of the industry and increase your odds of getting published. Plus, you'll find sections devoted to helping you create a polished submissions package including how to write and format a query letter and how to properly format your manuscript so you can make a professional impression on publishers.

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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 978-1-944743-13-0.

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.

Why Choose IFW

  • Customized – one-on-one Instructor
  • Reputable – time-tested, quality curriculum
  • Affordable – tuition payment plans available
  • Flexible – write anytime, anywhere, at your own pace
  • Approved – earn college credits
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College Credits

College Credits and Professional Development Hours: The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that our graduates be awarded 6 college credits. No matter where you live, you can obtain these credits from Charter Oak State College—which functions under the credit-granting authority of the Connecticut Board—for a fee anytime within five years of your completion of the Institute’s course. You can have Charter Oak “transcript” these credits to any college, university, or school board. Teachers may be able to receive professional development hours. Check with your district or administrators.