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2018-01/16 Writing for Children with Marcie Colleen

Date: First class is Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm Number of sessions: 10--Tuesdays, Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 27, March 6, 13, 20, April 3, 10 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

Ever think you might want to write for children but don’t know where to start? Whether you desire to write a quiet bedtime story like Goodnight, Moon or a thrilling young adult epic like The Hunger Games, this 10-week class is for you. Join us on a journey to explore all literature for ages 0-19.

This comprehensive course will cover everything you need to know to start on your own kidlit path, with a heavy focus on craft.

You will learn:

  • The different categories of children’s books as well as look closely at what is being published today.
  •      Tips on where to look for inspiration and ideas.
  • How to shape plot in picture books and chapter books, as well as in middle grade and young adult novels.
  • How to create characters that captivate young readers.
  • Tips for finding your voice.
  • How to navigate the various stages of revision.
  • The business of children’s book publishing and how to market your work.


This course will use a combination of lecture, in-class 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.


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 her debut picture book Love, Triangle illustrated by Bob Shea (Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins) and Penguinaut!, to be published by Scholastic in 2018. 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.

PLEASE NOTE: It is best to register at least a week before the start of a class to help our instructors prepare and ensure that a class does not get cancelled or rescheduled.