Monday, April 12, 2010

0 Children's Writing Classes Online

We all know it’s hard to find time to write. But at the same time, we need to continue to hone our craft. So in the pursuit to improve my writing skills, I began taking a convenient writing course online. This course, Children’s Book Writing I, runs ten weeks through Gotham Writers’ Workshop. The idea of an online course doesn’t appeal to everyone, but I completed my Master’s Degree in this format and found it very user-friendly. After a little research, I took the plunge and registered.

Let’s start with the nuts and bolts. Gotham has a website that is simple to use and the instructor is easily accessible. Class size is limited to eighteen students or less, making the experience intimate. The weekly lecture is posted online and can be read in less than fifteen minutes. The lectures cover a variety of topics, from plot and dialogue to revising and the publishing world. The lecture is complemented by a relevant and manageable assignment. Four students per week post samples of their own writing on the website for classmates to comment on. Beyond garnering feedback on your own writing, critiquing others’ work each week is a useful step in growing as a writer, too. The fees involved in the course are reasonable and can be found at Gotham's website.

There are several children’s book writing courses that are offered in an online format. After researching the many courses that are out there, I chose Gotham because I liked the idea that they specialize specifically in writing. If you’re thinking about taking a course, visit some of the links below.

If you have taken a writing course, we would love to hear about your experience! Please post it to comments.

Other Online Course Offerings:
Stratford Career Institute

Happy Writing!

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