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Writing Books for Children and Teens (Online)

Course Code: 1899V

Dates: June 6 - July 18, 2023

Meets: Six Tue., 6:30-8PM Begins 06/06 (MT); Skips 7/4

Location: Via Zoom

Non-Member: $111.00

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Always wanted to write a children's book but not sure where to start? Worried about markets "moving on" from that idea you've always wanted to write? In this course we'll be examining writing for younger audiences, making your novel appealing, and the steps necessary to get published, whether through big publishing houses or self-publishing. Take your novel idea and spin it into a compelling modern narrative that will have your children and their friends talking! Topics include: categories within children's and teen fiction, why tropes are prevalent in teen writing, and what makes a compelling story and more. We'll explore character creation, theme, and plotting. Students are highly encouraged to become familiar with recent examples of children's and teen book so that we can discuss the elements of youth fiction as well as what works and why. You'll have opportunities to work on your writing and get feedback. Raymond Cober graduated from the Denver Publishing Institute; an accredited graduate-level certificate offered by the University of Denver. He's also read thousands of children's and teen books, from the very first published to the latest best-sellers, and has led many writing groups centered around writing for children and teens. He is a member of the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and is currently working on his third novel.
NOTE: This course will be offered via Zoom. Register now and then the day before class the instructor will send you the link to attend. Look for an email with "CFU Zoom class" in the subject line. A good internet connection and a computer or device with a camera and mic are needed.


Note: Students must be able to write and share manuscripts by email. Be prepared to take extensive notes while in a virtual class environment.
Fee: $111.00

Save $12.00 with a CFU Membership

Via Zoom

Good internet connection and a laptop or device with camera and mic is needed. We recommend downloading Zoom in advance, although you do not have to download it to access your class. Look for an email from your instructor about the day prior to class. Be ready to log on and join the meeting 5-10 minutes prior to the class start time so you will be ready when class begins. If you have trouble using the link, just go to, click "Join a Meeting" and enter the meeting ID provided in the instructor's email. Link to download:
Date Day Time Location
06/06/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom
06/13/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom
06/20/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom
06/27/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom
07/11/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom
07/18/2023Tuesday6:30 PM to 8 PM Via Zoom


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