Current Course Schedule

Writing for Children: Finding Your Voice

So you want to write a children’s book? This workshop will give you the boost you’ve been waiting for and get you started on that picture book, novel, or young reader piece once and for all. In this friendly, supportive environment, class discussions will focus on all aspects of good storytelling and good writing, including tone of voice, clear dialogue, characters who feel real, and beautiful language. The focus is on the exciting process of finding your voice and writing not just a story, but one that really means something to you. Teachers will gain a better understanding of the writing process so that they, in turn, can help their students find pleasure in crafting their stories. Everyone who takes this course will come away with new insights about the beautiful power of storytelling and why children’s books will always count. This workshop meets online eastern time.
  • Focus On
    Across Ages
  • Category
    Career Development, Online
  • Registration Options and Cost
    $460 Course Fee


Spring 2021

  • Section 01: April 6, April 13, April 20, April 27, May 4, May 11, May 18
    • Amy Hest
      Amy Hest
      Amy Hest, MA, is the author of more than 45 books for children of all ages, including The Summer We Found the Baby (Candlewick Press, August 2020), In the Rain with Baby Duck (winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), When Jessie Came Across the Sea (Christopher Award Winner), and Kiss Good Night (a New York Times best seller and Christopher Award Winner). Hest's focus is on family relationships and she wants you to know that everything she writes is personal! Ms. Hest has an MA of Library Science from C.W. Post College and a BA from Hunter College.

"This class, and in particular the prompt Amy gave, was what spurred me to do a lot more writing and it’s since become a really fun and important part of my life."— Kerry E.

"This class provided me with a wonderful and extremely helpful point to start from when writing for children. It developed me personally to a great degree and I am very grateful for the opportunity to be so enriched and inspired" — Teacher, 25 years in the field

"I have a whole new tool box regarding how and what to write when writing children's books!"
— Kathleen H., Teacher, 35+ years in the field

"This class gave me insight to how to write a story. It helped me step back and really analyze my writings in a positive way." — Nicole J., Teacher, 14 years in the field