ClassChildren’s Writing for Beginners
Do you dream of writing a children's book? This introductory class will explore the exciting world of writing for children through a mix of writing activities and classroom discussion. The class is suited for both beginning writers and for more established writers who are new to writing for a younger audience. You'll explore a diverse and inclusive list of children's books from categories including picture books, chapter books, middle grade books, and young adult novels. Activities and discussion will get you jump-started on a writing project during class and provide valuable tips and techniques for continuing to make progress and revise your work after the class concludes. You'll delve into craft topics such as generating kid-friendly ideas, creating memorable characters, developing plot and structure, and using muscular language. You'll hear tactics for developing dependable writing habits and share writing with classmates on a voluntary basis in a nonthreatening environment. You'll build your writing community.
The teaching artist will also offer individual feedback if requested. Whether you're interested in someday pursuing publication or just want to create a memorable family story, this class will provide the momentum to get you started!
Instructions for Accessing This Online Class
In order to access live class meetings, you must have the Zoom application downloaded to your computer. You will also need a WiFi/Internet connection throughout the duration of your scheduled meeting and a computer with audio and video capability. The information to join your Zoom classroom will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration. Please check spam folders if you do not see this email upon registration. For more information on how to use Zoom, please see our training manual here.
Some classes use a supplemental Google Classroom page. Should your teaching artist use Google Classroom, you will be invited to join the classroom via email at least 24 hours in advance of your class (check spam folders if you are not seeing this invitation). Please note that Google Classroom requires a Gmail address to access the Classroom. If you do not have a Gmail account, the email invitation will be sent to the email address we have on file and will prompt you to create a free account or enter an existing account to join the classroom. If we are unable to send an email invitation to your non-gmail account, you will be contacted by a staff member to provide a Gmail address. If you do not have a Gmail account, you can create a free account here. Should you have concerns about this, please contact a Loft staff member at email@example.com or 612-379-8999. For more information on how to use Google Classroom, please see our training manual here.