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Writing Books for Children

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Writing Books for Children - NCFE Level 3 Award
Supported Home Study

You love writing, don't you? But if you have already submitted some of your work to prospective publishers you will have discovered what a competitive world it is.

Children are a unique audience - more challenging than many new authors realise. Our learning materials will give you a broad exposure to virtually every type of children's storybook, including fiction, verse and non-fiction.

You will be able to develop your writing skills with the knowledge that your work is more likely to get noticed by publishers and enjoyed by the people who really count - the young readers themselves.

Get started today, and you can earn your Writing Books for Children Diploma in as little as six months, or take up to two years, if you prefer - the choice is yours.

Writing Books for Children Course Outline

If you want a career writing children's books, our tutor supported open distance learning Writing Books for Children course provides the necessary knowledge, skills and qualification without disrupting your current lifestyle.

Writing and Selling Children's Picture Books:

Assessing your tools as a writer

• Writing basics and development of a personal style
• Choosing the right type of book to write
• Plot, character and thinking through the story
• Writing a non-fiction picture book
• Writing poetry and verse for children
• How to write about morals, ethics and values
• Marketing your picture book
• Working with editors and illustrators
· Personal and professional advice on being a writer

Creating and Illustrating Children's Picture Books:

• The art of the storyteller
• The basics of writing for children
• Classic children's fiction
• New writing on contemporary themes
• Building a career in children's books
• Technique and production: making the book
• Reflecting a child's world
• Getting your work published

Writing for Children and Teenagers:

• Developing professional work habits
• Keeping track of story ideas
• How to use dialogue
• Making the reader feel emotion, mood and atmosphere
• How to organise a book
• The daily work of writing
• Getting your story off to a running start
• Fulfilling the opening's promise
• The climax scene and ending
• Revising and polishing your story
• How to conduct research
• Mystery stories and novels
• Non-fiction and children's plays
• Markets, contracts, rejections and acceptances

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Payment options: Full Payment Now: a single payment of £429.00 by cheque, postal order or credit card. Monthly Payments: Take advantage of our Easy Payment Plan. Make a deposit of £39.00 and 9 monthly installments of £43.33. There are NO INTEREST CHARGES.

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