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Online and In Person Courses That Will Make You a Better Writer
Lyrical Language Lab Peek & Critique- The Lyrical Language Lab Peek & Critique: YouTube video series by Renée LaTulippe providing free critiques of your kidlit writing as well as free lessons and mentor text discussions.
Laura Purdy Salas courses online courses on writing poetry and nonfiction for children and submissions
ONLINE WRITING CENTERS
Free Trial: Online Writing Center: Much Ado About Writing (MAAW) offers online learning to build craft, community, and knowledge of the publishing industry. Join author and developmental editor Kate Penndorf and Writing Coach Valerie Heller each month a new topic is taught, workshopped, and members get eyes on their pages. Meet weekly with all live webinars and workshops recorded for members. Writers of all genres welcome! Come take a sneak peek at our teaching calls, industry guest interviews, interactive workshops, and editing calls. Feel free to participate, watch the replays, or both!
Join for one month using the code "KIDLIT411" now through February 29, 2024. CLICK HERE to join!
Just Write For Kids- Emma Walton Hamilton provides an 8 week online course dedicated to developing your picture book idea and learning how to break into the industry. She also features many classes and resources on her website.
Writing Picture Books for Children - fiction and nonfiction author Patrice Sherman's course of writing books for children
Art of Arc: How to Analyze Your Picture Book Manuscript A master class in picture book writing by author Alayne Kay Christian, focusing on a deep study of the traditional story arc as well as other story structures.
Children's Book Insider's Picture Book Blueprint walks you through the process of writing a picture book step-by-step, including creating your characters, designing a plot, building excitement, and writing your draft.
Karla Valenti's Master Course in Picture Books A step-by-step, hands-on version of James Gardner's "The Art of Fiction," but specifically for PB writers. A great tool, especially for those starting out, since everything is laid out in bite-size pieces. It also encourages writers to engage with the current PB market, and to apply each principle learned to their own work-in-progress.
Writing Barn Online Courses - Intensive six-week online courses on picture book writing and other writing courses.
Children's Book Academy - interactive courses on the craft and business of writing and illustrating children's books.
The Heart of Picture Books (course by Julie Hedlund) In this webinar, find out top 10 layers of great picture books; what the HEART layer is and why it is so important; pitfalls to avoid; more
CHAPTER BOOKS, MIDDLE GRADE & YA
Just Write for Middle Grade! Emma Walton Hamilton's 14 week course on writing chapter books and middle grade
Just Write for Young Adults! Emma Walton Hamilton's 14 week course on writing YA
Chapter Book Alchemist with Mira Reisberg & Hillary Homzie
Children's Book Insider's Chapter Book Blueprint walks you through the process of writing a chapter book, with author Alice Kuipers.
GENERAL WRITING COURSES
List of Online Writing Courses
Editor in a Box
Gotham Writer's Workshop
Art of Storytelling (free course from Pixar/Khan Academy)
Julie Hedlund's- How To Make Money As a Writer- What if you could spend all day, every day, thinking about writing, using your skills to make money, and have MORE time to write?
Now you can. This course is designed to benefit ALL writers, from newbie to multi-published. For ANYONE who wants to make more money from writing and writing-related activities.
Emma Walton Hamilton and Julie Hedlund's comprehensive course on Picture Book Submissions
If you are ready to commit to graduate-level education in creative writing for children and teens, here are some programs:
Southampton Graduate Arts Program - Children's Lit Fellow -- a year long low-residency certificate program for PB, MG, or YA authors. Two semesters of mentorship and two conferences, one focused on writing craft and another on the publication process.
Children's Lit Fellows The Children's Lit Fellows is a year-long certificate program that provides up to 12 serious children's or YA writers a year-long course of advanced instruction primarily in distance-learning format that is customized, affordable, comprehensive, and professionally useful. Fellows work from home, mentored on-on-one by award-winning, best-selling children's and young adult authors and editors. Twice a year, they come together as a cohort - once in July during the Southampton Children's Lit Conference and a second time in January for a special Publishing and Editing Conference.
Hamlin MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults - earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in two years. Work from home and travel to Hamlin twice a year for five 11-day writing residencies. Learn all about the craft of writing for children and teens, as well as the history of children's literature and the industry.
The MFA Cheat Sheet - a review of 5 low-residency MFA programs, including Hollins University, Vermont College of Fine Arts, Hamlin University, Simmons College, and Spaulding University.