Writing for Young Readers

Learn how to write and publish stories using character, plot, setting and theme. Learn about genre, form and audience and how to edit and proofread.

Media and Journalism
Free Course
This course offers new and aspiring writers a solid grounding in writing, editing and publishing in today's world. Although the course is aimed towards writing for young readers, it is also a practical foundation in writing, editing and publishing for all audiences. You will learn about using different writing forms and genres; writing structure; developing character, plot, setting, theme and language and professional editing and publishing.




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This video-based 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.

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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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