Children’s Book Classes

Have you always dreamed of writing a children’s book? Susie has classes for every stage of writing. Choose your own writing adventure!

I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Children’s Book: Parts I and II

For children’s book writers who:

  • have an idea, but only vague notion about how to turn it into a story
  • are entering the field and want to gain familiarity with what’s currently being published

This linked set of five-session classes blends hands-on exploration of children’s books with exercises to stimulate ideas and opportunities to present your ideas and writing. In Part I, discover how to structure a successful children’s book with well-developed characters who have strong motivations, compelling conflicts and satisfying resolutions. In Part II, learn tools that focus on showing, not telling, and discover your unique voice.

Approximately $100 per 5 week class, register through the Carrboro ArtsCenter

Practicing Children’s Book Writing Strategies

For children’s book writers who:

  • want to strengthen their writing
  • need inspiration, direction or a kick in the bottom

writing classThis five-week class zooms in on specific strategies, studies the way currently published authors are using them, and then, using prompts, class members practice and gain feedback on their results. Participants can use this class to generate new material or develop a work-in-progress. Topics covered will include the successful use of sensory descriptions, effective dialogue, and vivid verbs.

5 weekly 2.5 hour sessions, $150

Critique Classes

For children’s book writers who:

  • want to improve their knowledge, craft, and manuscripts
  • want to grow and share in a warm and supportive group of children’s book writers

Keep going with continuing critique classes under Susie Wilde’s leadership in a comfortable collegial setting with children’s book writers who hone their own work and strengthen skills through critiques. Reading their stories in the company of other talented group members, participants listen, evaluate and offer beneficial comments and suggestions to improve evolving manuscripts. Day, evening, and biweekly critique sessions are available, limited to six serious writers each. Participants must have completed both I’ve Always Wanted to Write a Children’s Books sessions, or have obtained prior approval.

8 weekly 2.5 hour sessions, $240.00
6 bi-weekly 2.5 hour sessions, $180.00

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