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Duration (approx) 100 hours
Qualification Statement of Attainment

Write for children - learn to inspire and fire the imagination of children with your stories.

  • Learn about writing for children - bring together your understanding of a child's mind, excellent communication skills, imagination, and creativity.
  • Learn how to motivate and engage - for entertainment or education.
  • Study by distance learning - at your own pace. Be creative from your armchair, your study, or wherever!




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Distance Learning course in developing writing skills for Children's Writing.

Do you want to write for children? Have you fun and exciting stories that children will want to read? Why not start your new career in writing with this 100 hour course on Writing for Children.

Learn to write and engage the younger reader -

  • For Entertainment or Learning.
  • Fantasy, Fiction, Educational Texts.
  • Different ages, comics, magazines, books, web sites ....and more.

Writing for children requires an understanding of a child's mind, excellent communication skills, imagination, creativity; and an ability to bring all of these things together to create work that engages and motivates the young mind.

Completing this course enhances your ability to write for children; and raise your awareness of what the possibilities are, in the world of children's literature.

Course Structure and Lesson Content

Writing For Children is a 100 hour course comprising 10 lessons.

Lesson 1. Introduction
  • Understanding Children
  • Children's thoughts
  • Children's needs
  • Child development.
Lesson 2. Overview of Children’s Writing
  • Categories (fiction & non fiction)
  • Understanding the market place
  • Analyse and understand what is needed for the different categories, etc.
Lesson 3. Conceptualisation: Conceiving a concept
  • Where and how to find inspiration/influence.
  • Developing a concept
  • How to plan.
Lesson 4. Children’s Writing for Periodicals
  • Children’s pages in magazines
  • Newspapers, etc.
Lesson 5. Short Stories
Lesson 6. Non-Fiction
  • Texts (writing to satisfy curriculum).
  • Other (e.g. nature, history, biography, hobbies).
Lesson 7. Fiction
  • Settings
  • Characterisation
  • Fantasy
  • Science fiction
  • Adventure.
Lesson 8. Picture Books and Story Books
  • Differences between types of picture books
  • Age groups and picture books
Lesson 9. Editing your work
  • Grammar
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Improving clarity
  • Cleaning out clutter
  • Expansions.
Lesson 10. Project

Write a short story, picture book or kids page for a (hypothetical) periodical.

Course Aims

  • Describe children’s cognitive development and target writing to be appropriate to various developmental stages.
  • Explain the nature and scope of writing for children.
  • Describe the process of planning a written manuscript  of children’s writing.
  • Describe the planning and processes involved in writing articles for children’s magazines.
  • Develop a short story for children to read.
  • Discuss the specific requirements associated with writing children’s non-fiction.
  • Describe the various categories of children’s fiction and the writing processes involved.
  • Explain the scope and nature of literature aimed at young children.
  • Explain the scope and significance of editing skills and processes for children’s writing.
  • Plan, evaluate, edit and present a piece of writing for children.

What makes little children tick?

Tap into little minds and stir imaginations. Learn how to write for children across a range of genres and gain the basics of editing and improving your work. Finally, use your new skills to produce your own creative work for children.

  • Free your imagination and engage a child's.
  • Keeping a child amused and happy is no simple task.  Children’s writing is a specialised craft.  It is a rewarding, inspirational, and often demanding, branch of writing.
  • Do you remember the books you read as a child?
  • Did they make you feel like the world held a thousand possibilities?
  • Do you want to re-create that feeling? 

Welcome the magic of childhood back in to your world.

Learn with ACS

Would you like to write for children?

Do you have ideas, but don't know how to go about putting them down on paper?

Study and learn with ACS.

You can start the course at any time - just go to "It's easy to enrol" at the top of this page.

If you have any questions about our courses, please get in touch - we will be more than happy to answer any of your questions. Please phone us on (UK) 01384 442752, or (International) +44 (0) 1384 442752, or use our FREE COURSE COUNSELLING SERVICE.


Courses can be started anytime from anywhere in the world!

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Meet some of our academics

John MasonMr Mason has worked 45+ years in Writing, Education, Horticulture and Recreation. His experience in both public & private sectors is extensive; particularly across Australia and England.
Rosemary Davies (General)Rosemary has over 30 years of working in jobs ranging from Writer, Consultant, Broadcaster and, Business owner, to Teacher and landscape designer. She has worked for ACS since 2008
Jade SciasciaBiologist, Business Coordinator, Government Environmental Dept, Secondary School teacher (Biology); Recruitment Consultant, Senior Supervisor in Youth Welfare, Horse Riding Instructor (part-completed) and Boarding Kennel Manager. Jade has a B.Sc.Biol, Dip.Professional Education, Cert IV TESOL, Cert Food Hygiene.
Tracey Jones (writing)Tracey has enjoyed creative writing since she was a child. She has had several short stories published and a novella. She is also a keen writer of children's stories and poetry. She has also written many academic and non-fiction books in the fields of psychology, sociology, child development, writing and marketing.

Check out our eBooks

How to be a Successful EditorThere are plenty of books that show you the processes involved in editing; but knowing the process is in itself not enough to be a successful editor. This book not only covers aspects of the process; but it also goes beyond the process; showing you things that may help you to become better than the “average” editor.
How To Write A NovelThis eBook will help you learn about what it takes to write a great novel. See what is involved in devising a plot which will draw readers in and keep them interested. Discover how to make your characters memorable and believable. Find out how to avoid pitfalls and common mistakes. Consider this book as your companion – your aid to writing your first novel.
English GrammarThe English Grammar ebook can be a great reference for students, people who are learning English and anybody who writes anything- ever. The English Grammar ebook takes grammar back to basics to help confirm correct use of grammar. Topics that are covered within this course include 1/ Introduction- the components of language, 2/ Types of words, 3/ Punctuation, 4/ Upper and lower case, abbreviations, numbers, bullet points and 5/ Using words together.
Creative WritingThe Creative Writing ebook can be useful for writing students or even professional writers to help improve their writing techniques and skills. The Creative Writing ebook is a fabulous starting point for budding writers. The topics that are covered within this book are an introduction to creative writing, Methodology and technique- the building blocks of writing, Genres, Creative non-fiction, creative writing techniques, developing your skill, building your career and a Glossary.