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$995.00
Price includes GST

Writing Books for Children - Part Two

 


This follow-on course from Writing Books for Children (Part One) will provide the tools and support you need to complete your chapter book for 8-to12-year-olds.

On this course, find out they key tools required to complete, edit and polish a book for children. You'll also receive insider secrets to getting published in this challenging market. Furthermore, with the help of an award-winning writer as your tutor, you will finish your manuscript of up to 20 000 words.

The primary aim of this course is to complete your manuscript by handing in text instalments. You and your tutor will come up with a submission plan for the remaining text instalments over the duration of the course. Each submission you make will be critiqued, and once the manuscript is complete, you will receive a final critique of the whole story.

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“Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children's book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.”

Lyn McNamee, Write a Children’s Book Course

 

 

Course Details:


 

Students must complete:


 

Admission Requirements:


 
  • Modules: 3 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace within 6 months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • Complete a manuscript of 10 000 to 20 000 words
  • Complete a book synopsis
  • Complete a book proposal
  • Student Feedback
  • Must have successfully completed the 'Writing Books for Children - Part One' Course

 

Skype option There is a skype session option available for this course the end of the course. More...


 

Tutor for this course:


 
Helen-Brain _ Creative Writing Tutor at NZ Writers College Helen Brain is the author of over 50 books for children, and has contributed stories and plays to numerous school anthologies. Her teen novel, Tamara, won an ATKV award. She has also published short stories for adults, and her highly acclaimed memoir, Here Be Lions, was published by Oshun Publishers in 2006.

Helen also tutors the Basics of Creative Writing and the Advanced Creative Writing courses.

More about Helen here >

 
 
 

Course Curriculum


Module 1 - Using the Most Important Test, and Editing

  • Looking at editing techniques
  • How to edit your own work
  • Common errors
  • Tightening the text
  • Polishing beginnings and endings
  • Text Installments

Module 2 - Submitting to a Publisher

  • Finding the right publisher for your story
  • Choosing a title
  • How to write a covering letter, and a synopsis of your story
  • Text Installments

Module 3 - The Writing Life and Writing Trends

  • e-books, e-book publishers and self-publishing
  • The importance of starting a blog
  • The lifestyle of the working writer
  • Opportunities and challenges in the world of writing
  • Text Installments

 

 

 

“Completing the course with the Writers’ College has been a positive and helpful experience. I learnt a great deal about Writing a Children’s Book and it was great to be given thoughtful feedback on my writing. Helen helped me cut to the chase and get my story moving. Overall it was a valuable experience.”

Sacha Cotter, Write a Children’s Book Course

 

 

 

 

How does the course work?

 

The course consists of three modules. A module is e-mailed to students. During the duration of the course, students will be required to submit a number of text installment that will make up the rest of their manuscript. The amount of chapters/ word count will vary from student to student based on their project. The hand in schedule will be agreed on between the student and their tutor.

Once a text installment has been completed and e-mailed to the tutor, feedback will be sent to the student. I final review of all submitted work will be done at the end of the course.


 

Conditions of Certification:

 

Students will receive an NZ Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all of the writing assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within six months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course.
 

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

 
The speed at which you work is entirely up to you and will depend on the complexity and word count of your project.

 
 

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If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos or Nichola a call at 09 550 4635. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in New Zealand and internationally.

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Feedback on this course from past students

 

“Completing the course with the Writers’ College has been a positive and helpful experience. I learnt a great deal about Writing a Children’s Book and it was great to be given thoughtful feedback on my writing. Helen helped me cut to the chase and get my story moving. Overall it was a valuable experience.” Sacha Cotter, Write a Children’s Book Course

“The course was wonderful. I learnt so much, and I’m sure I can put all these new-found skills to great use. Many of the skills I developed can be applied to writing, not just for children but for teenagers or adults too, and therefore are a very valuable asset to have! It was hard work at times, but definitely worth the effort. My tutor was fantastic. She really pushed me to be better, and I appreciated that she was honest about what needed changing, but supportive enough that I wasn’t crushed by criticism. She was directive and helpful, but always made sure that I was the one putting in the effort, so that I could develop better writing skills under my own steam. With her help I feel like I have developed, bigger “writing muscles” and more confidence. Thanks Helen! I now have a finished manuscript that I’m very happy with. It was a fantastic experience,  I recommend it to anyone who is even considering it – worth every penny!” Jessica Harvey, Write a Children’s Book Course

“When I started the course, my goal was to begin a book and see it through to the end. My vague knowledge of how to do this was clarified by the course notes, but it was the step-by-step process of actually writing a book, and the feedback from my tutor, that I found most valuable. I would never have completed my book without Helen's guidance. She was forthright and challenging; her input insightful. Whenever I felt that my story wasn't good enough - or that I wasn't a good enough writer, she was there to pound me back into shape. Essentially, Helen provided me with the self-confidence to see a story through to its end... and more importantly, the courage to start the next one. I am halfway through my new book and I have Helen to thank for it. Overall, I would describe my experience with the College as absolutely brilliant. I loved the back-and-forth process of feedback and rewriting. I am a MUCH better writer for it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks!” Michelle Randall, Write a Children's Book Course

“I found the course informative and challenging. I enjoyed writing but I went through a moment of feeling uncertain as to how to continue. I told my tutor Helen and she gave me good advice; I could then enjoy my writing again and creativity flowed easily. I might go over my course material again and see what other stories come to me now. Helen was very prompt and helpful. I felt at ease discussing topics with her. She has a wealth of knowledge I'm sure I have barely tapped into. Overall, I would describe the course as being very tough but rewarding.” Michelle Beater, Write a Children’s Book Course

“My experience with the course was invaluable. I learnt so much. The course content and assignments have made me a much stronger writer. My tutor Helen was amazing, incredibly inspiring and insightful. She gave me a different perspective on writing and my final manuscript wouldn't have been half as strong if it wasn't for her; I owe her a lot. The Writers' College is professional, credible and well worthwhile. The course absolutely met all of my objectives and more! It has made me a much more critical, thorough and refined writer and it has motivated me to reach my writing goals.” Lauri Thorburn, Write a Children's Book Course

“The course has given me more confidence in my writing and in my ability to understand children's literature in depth. The Writers' College has allowed me to see the potential I have in writing. I have gained so much insight. I am now determined to complete my manuscript.” Surani Ramachandra, Write a Children's Book Course

“Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children's book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.” Lyn McNamee, Write a Children’s Book Course

 



 

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