Children’s writing is about more than just books. There is also a need for specialised children’s writers for websites, games, educational content, and apps. This course is ideal for anyone who wants to develop their writing skills for a young audience.
The Certificate of Children’s Writingis an online program that draws on writing craft and child psychology to teach aspiring writers to produce strong, authentic stories that engage young readers.
In this professional development course, you will learn about children’s cognitive development and the implications for writers, and the different types of children’s writing, including magazines, short stories, non-fiction, fiction, and picture and storybooks.
You will also learn how to develop ideas, concepts and plan your writing, about the editing process, and how to submit your work to improve your chances of becoming a published author.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a deeper understanding of how to write for children so that you can release your creativity to write your own children’s story or content with confidence.
Topic - Children’s Writing
Unit 1 – Introduction
Children’s cognitive development
Implications for the writer
Topic 2 – Overview of children’s writing
Categories of children’s writing
Keeping track of children’s book awards
Attending writers’ festivals
Personal experience and observations
Writers, editors and publishers
Topic 3 – Conception and development concepts
Developing a concept
Planning your writing
Tips for the beginning writer
Making meanings clear
Topic 4 – Children’s writing for periodicals
What publishers consider
Genre or type of writing
Reader interest and expectations
Short feature articles
Submitting to periodicals
Writing style for periodicals
Topic 5 – Short stories
Elements of a short story
Short story plot
Short story characterisation
Assessing your short story
Topic 6 – Non-fiction books
Non-fiction genres for children
Characteristics of good non-fiction writing
Format and style
The mechanics of writing
Submitting a proposal
Reviewing your writing
Topic 7 – Fiction
Finding the right voice
Other factors to consider
Topic 8 – Picture books and storybooks
Babies and toddlers
Preschool and early school age children
Storybooks (2 – 5 years)
Storybooks (4 – 8 years)
Topic 9 – Editing your work
The editing process
Things to look for
Content, structure, presentation and accuracy
Clichés and inappropriate language
Submitting for publication
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.