So, You Want to Write a Children's Book?
The Classic course the online novel writing course created by a Booker Prize list, award-winning author and Cambridge University History graduate to share with you the ingredients of the very best-selling children's books of all time. JK Rowling's Harry Potter, CS Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, JM Barrie's Peter Pan, and all the best-beloved books from Alice in Wonderland to Mark Haddon's Curious Incident of The Dog in the Night-time and everything in between.
Be guided step by step to create a wonderful and original children's book. Discover the joy of writing for children. Start your creative writing course today.
How to Write a Children's Book and Get Published.
Rashmi Sirdeshpande took the Classic course with The Novelry and secured a two-book deal with Puffin Books. Her children’s book How to Be Extraordinary was published in August 2019.
“This course has been so enlightening! I have a goal, a road-map, the beginnings of characters I love and a magical world I want to explore and adorn. A magical, enlightening experience - a course that holds your hand and takes you to the very doorway of writing a modern classic.”
Create a Wonderful Children's Book with The Classic Course.
We have literary agents waiting for our children's books at leading global literary agencies.
Take our course the way that works best for you. Either pace yourself with a lesson a day or tuck into the entire box set of the course immediately. Available worldwide in all currencies.
Sit Back, Relax and Enjoy the Adventure.
Once Upon A Time.
You will learn the great story structure that is the blueprint for the bestselling classics. Get a working model to use to start planning your story immediately. Find out where ideas come from and how to develop them from something small and innocent into something exciting with commercial potential.
Find the Story.
Draw upon your own experience to create the main characters of your big story. Put ‘memory’ at the service of ‘desire’ in a combination commonly known as ‘imagination’. Exercises that will help you discover that you have all you need inside of you. So many great stories originate from the author's wound.
What are the things you should include to create a reading experience that works a powerful magic for Middle Grade and Young Adult books? These lessons examine the mechanics of the epic adventure - the cosy start, the portal, the garden, the guide, temptation, decency, the battle, treasure, and noble sacrifice.
Heroes & Villains.
In adult fiction, the conflict is within, in the classic children's bestsellers it's externalised and there are clear agents of good and evil. You'll need the 'special' hero or heroine, singled out by fortune or misfortune, and villains who exude charisma. Learn why they need to have something in common and how to pit apparent opposites against each other for page-turning excitement.
You are your first reader. Locate the child within and draw upon your own favourites and heroes. Spend time with the old you. Remember the person you wanted to be. Attribute parts of you to your characters. Discover how to take readers on a thrilling adventure whilst keeping them safe in your story.
Become an Author.
Find out how the great authors told their stories, and why. Walk in their footsteps and plunder their toolkits. The sources of inspiration and the working methods are revealed. Leave the course with a big idea, colourful material, a plan, a plot and the confidence that you’re about to write the book of your life.
We are the home of happy writing. Read our testimonials and reviews to reassure yourself that there's no course like this one. You'll be so thrilled you joined us, within days, not weeks from now.
“For me, the shift towards writing for children was a revelation, and the exercises proved really helpful. I have a sense of direction and purpose. I feel more confident about writing - and finishing. The experience has been positive, fulfilling and exciting.” Susie Bower.
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