Monday, April 12, 2010

Writing for Children – A Beginner's Workshop by Karen Cioffi

To register for this FREE workshop to be held in the password protected room in our General Forum (link in the navigational area in the conference website

--need to register by giving yourself a username & password, wait for a confirmation that you have been accepted, then you can link into our forum--the password will be issued to all who register a few days before the workshop begins)--send me the following within the body of an email:

your name

your email

place Karen Cioffi on the subject heading email Lea Schizas at: museitupeditor AT yahoo DOT ca


Do you want to write? Do you want to write for children? Have you written a children's story or other fiction story and aren't sure if it's in good enough shape to submit to agents or publishers? Do you know proper punctuation and formatting? Do you know how to show rather than tell?

While this workshop is geared specifically for new children's writers, it offers the basics of writing in general with additional information for the children's writer. Some of what will be included is:

The different genres of children's writing

Point of View (POV) when writing for children

Basic structure, formatting and timeframe (for all genres)

Basic grammar and punctuation (for all genres)

Different methods of writing (for all genres)

Building a three-dimensional character (for all genres)

Showing vs. Telling (for all genres)

Finding age appropriate words

Resources and tools to help you hone your craft (all genres)

This workshop will provide the basics to get you started in the right direction. You will also have the opportunity to get a critique of up to 250 words of your manuscript or article.

Karen Cioffi is a published author, writer-for-hire, freelance writer, and reviewer. She is the founder and manager of VBT Writers on the Move (a group of authors utilizing cross-promotion to increase visibility and readership) and on the team at DKV Writing 4 U ( where you can sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter. You can read more about Karen at:

Handout: Yes (and exercise sheet and an ebook of writing instruction)
Door prize: Two ebooks:

Writing, Publishing, and Marketing – You Can Do It
A Writing ebook (a compilation writing articles - untitled right now)


  1. I think it's going to be a great workshop! Thanks for offering this Karen.

  2. Sounds interesting, with everything a writer needs to know.


  3. Susanne and Beverly...thanks for stopping by. Karen's workshop is sure to be a hit!


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