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2017-05/08 Writing For Children, Too with Marcie Colleen

Date: cancelled Time:  Number of sessions:  Members: $300 Nonmembers: $360 Location: San Diego Writers, Ink, ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station, 2730 Historic Decatur Road, Barracks 16, 2nd Floor Above Women's Museum, San Diego, CA 92106

Do you have a desire to write for children? Then this 10-week class is for you!

Together we will explore the craft of children’s literature and it’s the various formats, including picture books, chapter books, middle grade or young adult novels.

No previous experience is necessary. Absolute beginner writers are welcome. However, students who have previously taken the companion course, Writing for Children, will find this class is a wonderful continuation to strengthen their existing work.

You will learn:

  • The different categories of children’s books as well as look closely at what is being published today.
  • Creating an effective beginnings and endings.
  • Fine-points of point of view, in first, second, and third person.
  • The value of an engaging narrator.
  • The art of pacing.
  • How to create effective scenes.
  • Finding the right words.
  • Weaving theme into a story.
  • The various stages of revision.

This course will use a combination of lecture, in-class/homework writing exercises, and critiquing of student works-in-progress.

Whatever type of children’s book you want to write—picture books, chapter books, middle grade, or young adult—we’ll set you on your way to creating stories that are treasured for a lifetime.

May 8, 15, 22, June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 17, 24, 31 (no classes May 29, July 3, 10)

In previous chapters, Marcie Colleen has been a teacher, an actress, and a nanny, but now she spends her days writing children’s books! Her books includeThe Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series with Macmillan/Imprint, as well as forthcoming picture books The Adventure of the Penguinaut, to be published by Scholastic, and Love, Triangle, which sold at auction in a two-book deal to Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. She is a frequent presenter at conferences for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), as well as a faculty member for Kidlit Writing School ( To learn more about Marcie, visit or follow @MarcieColleen1 on Twitter.


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