I’m excited to be back with the University of Toronto’s SCS, teaching course 1717 – Writing for Children: Introduction. Webinars will be held on Tuesdays from 6:30-8:30pm ET. They’re also recorded for those who can’t attend live. Please see below for the class description and register here.

This course is the first step in the children’s writing stream of the Certificate in Creative Writing. You’ll explore the vibrant world of children’s literature, absorb basic literary technique and emerge with a draft of a picture book, story or opening chapter. You’ll meet a community of writers working in your genre and pick up advanced tips on writing picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels and young adult fiction. There will also be a primer on how to get published.

Understand the structure and techniques of telling stories for children.
Know trends and innovations in Canadian children’s literature.
Understand the publishing process.
Complete a draft of a picture book or early reader, or the opening chapter of a middle grade or young adult novel.