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Writing for Young Readers

Learn how to write and publish stories using character, plot, setting and theme with this free online writing course.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This free online writing course is designed to teach new and aspiring writers how to write for young readers, and offers a solid grounding not only in writing, but in editing, and publishing. It features an interview with Uma Krishnaswami, an author of picture books and children's novels as well as Apirana Taylor, a poet, novelist, and story-teller. In this course you will learn about writing structures, forms, and genres, proofreading, and more!





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This free online writing course from the Commonwealth Education Trust is an excellent introduction for new or aspiring writers and includes interviews with top authors. Successful authors David Hill and Maria Gill provide a comprehensive overview of the writing and publishing processes, from jotting down ideas in a journal, to revising and editing your stories, to making a publishing pitch at a conference. The course includes helpful resources such as reading extracts, examples, checklists, links and a plot chart. In addition, there are carefully prepared assessment questions in each module, to help you learn.

The course begins by giving valuable lessons on the types of writing that can be achieved, whether it's poems, stories, picture books, plays or non-fiction, as well as the benefits to children of writing stories. Next, you will learn about choosing the right genre for your writing, whether it's fantasy, realistic, historical or adventure and tailoring your stories to the particular audience you're targeting. The course then describes all there is to know about writing the elements of stories, i.e. character, plot, setting, theme and language. Maria Gill then introduces the important processes of editing, proofreading and publishing your work and shares her personal experience as a successful author and publisher.

Finally, the course presents the different publishing options available, such as traditional publishing, self-publishing and digital publishing. Here you will learn the importance of working with a range of professionals in the industry, so that your work can become an actual book on a shelf in a bookstore or on a digital device such as Kindle. This course will be of great interest to anyone who wishes to learn more about writing forms and genres, especially for writing to young reading audiences. So, why wait? Learn how to improve your professional writing skills today!


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Becoming a Writer

Writing Genre, Form and Audience

Writing Structure

Editing and Proofreading


Course assessment

Learning Outcomes

Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Establish effective writing habits and use your own experiences and culture to enrich your writing.
  • Describe your audience - who your readers are and how you can make your work appealing to your chosen
  • Explain about structural elements, such as character and setting, that are key to holding your writing together.
  • Describe structural editing, where you look at your work’s plot, structure, and themes.
  • Describe the copyediting and proofreading stage, where you focus on perfecting grammar and spelling.
  • Explain the different publishing methods available, from traditional print publishing to digital publishing.


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