Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Writing for Children


My granddaughter, Ebby Clark, reading before bedtime.
 Have you always wanted to write a book for children but didn't know where to begin? If you live in the Charlotte, NC area than you can take a class that covers the basics of writing and publishing for young readers. Starting January 22, I'll be teaching at Central Piedmont Community College for six weeks. Find out more information by clicking here. The entire course outline is on-line too.


From my 15+ years of experience as the critique coordinator of the local SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) group, I have found that most people first think about writing a picture book for or about their children (or grandchildren). Picture books are only a small part of the entire children's market. Writing for children includes everything from writing ABC or number books, magazine articles (both fiction and non-fiction), poems, puzzles, and early chapter books; as well as middle grade and young adult novels. Within these broad categories there are also genres such as science fiction, mystery, fantasy, sports, or historical fiction.


We will be using my book, Teaching the Story, as a text. If you aren't already following my blog, click on "follow," (in the left hand column) than send me an email at cbaldwin6@carolina.rr.com. For the month of December I am collecting names of new followers. At the end of the month I'll draw a name and that person will receive a free, autographed copy of my book. Sign up for the class, and you'll already have the text!


Please pass this information along to a friend who dreams of writing for children. What better holiday present to yourself, or to a friend, than signing up and taking the first step towards making that dream come true.

And maybe one day Ebby will be reading a book that you wrote!


6 comments:

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

Great text! Excellent teacher!It's going to be a good class.

Carol Baldwin said...

thanks for the vote of confidence!

Jean said...

Thanks, Carol. I wish you well! The folks who sign up for your class are in for a real treat.

Jean

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Jean. I hope so!!

wordwranglernc said...

I hope you get a ton of students. I'm trying to get the info to my homeschool friends!

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Donna, for passing this along!