Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks - Part 2

As promised I'm back again today to discuss the first three weeks of the Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks. Remember each lesson is accompanied with an audio giving you the feeling that your instructor, Suzanne Lieurance is right in the room with you.
Lesson One: The Basics of Writing for Children
  1. How writing for children is different from writing for adults.
  2. How publishers group books and other materials for children according to age and grade level, subject matter, etc., and why this information is important for children's writers.
  3. The most common fiction mistakes made by new children's writers.
Lesson Two: Grammar & Punctuation Basics
  1. How to format manuscripts.
  2. Tips for following submission guidelines.
  3. Tips for correctly punctuating dialogue, paragraphing, etc.
Lesson Three: The Elements of Good Children's Fiction
  1. What is Point of View.
  2. How to Add Conflict to a story.
  3. Why Sensory details are important.
The subject matter covered in the first three weeks will provide you with a sound foundation to keep the wheels of your creativity spinning for weeks 4-6. Visit again on Friday, December 18th and learn more about Tricks of the Trade: Learn to Write for Children in Just Six Weeks.

I personally refer back to my lessons, guidelines, and tips on a consistent basis to keep all I have learned fresh.

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I'm open to your comments and questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Thank you.


  1. This course looks really great Donna. Thanks for sharing it. And your newsletter just gets better and better! Your posts are relevant and heartfelt. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas season. I look forward to reading your articles as the New Year begins!

  2. Hi Kathie:

    Thanks for stopping by and for your very kind and supportive words. I look forward to staying in touch in 2010 and beyond.

    Best wishes to you for a joyous Christmas and blessed new year,


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