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This course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers. Participate in a dynamic online community of writers as you experiment with your own writing and develop your voice. This course will guide you with a combination of video lectures, online readings, peer reviews, and guest appearances from world-renowned children’s authors. As you work through the writing exercises, you will give and receive feedback from your peers and gain tools and techniques for improving your writing. During this course you will identify stories that matter to you, explore cultural significance and boundaries, and shape your identity as a writer; become familiar with standard elements of narrative (character, setting, plot, theme, language, dialogue, point of view); reflect on your own work and practice essential self-editing skills; see the different ways in which words and art interact, and the possibilities of longer narrative forms; come away with practical insights into publishing options; and create a plan for pursuing your enthusiasm for writing. By the end of the course, you will have ten to twelve extracts of writing that you can develop into a portfolio. Join a dynamic community of many voices from around the world. Find inspiration in your own voice, heart, and place so that you can tell the stories for young readers you’ve always wanted to tell....
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Sous-titres : English, Spanish, German
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Cours en ligne à 100 %

Commencez dès maintenant et apprenez aux horaires qui vous conviennent.
Calendar

Dates limites flexibles

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Clock

Recommandé : 8-15 hours

Approx. 16 heures pour terminer
Comment Dots

English

Sous-titres : English, Spanish, German

Programme du cours : ce que vous apprendrez dans ce cours

1

Section
Clock
5 heures pour terminer

Your Writing Identity

Good children’s writing commonly has a strong sense of identity. This module will give you a chance to think about and practice putting yourself into your writing. We will start by looking at how you can establish effective writing habits and how you can use your own experiences and culture to enrich your writing. We will also discuss ways that you can add depth to your writing by drawing on myths and legends, and by experimenting with different viewpoints....
Reading
18 vidéos (Total 90 min), 7 lectures, 1 quiz
Video18 vidéos
Welcome to Writing for Young Readers3 min
Introduction to Your Writing Identity4 min
Your Writing Life - Part One3 min
Your Writing Life - Part Two4 min
You, Your Culture and Story5 min
Cultural Myths and Legends4 min
Viewpoint - Part One4 min
Viewpoint - Part Two2 min
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part One: 'the very young experience the world through their skins'7 min
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Two: 'for me place and the people are inextricable'5 min
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Three 'it came out in eight Indian languages'5 min
Interview with Uma Krishnaswami - Part Four: 'I suddenly began to see the entire story'8 min
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part One: 'I carried exercise books with me everywhere I went'9 min
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Two: 'I'm leaving something behind for future generations'6 min
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Three: 'one word is worth a thousand pictures'7 min
Interview with Apirana Taylor - Part Four: 'your ears are often your best editor'3 min
Module Summary Your Writing Identity2 min
Reading7 lectures
Course Overview10 min
How to Get Help10 min
FAQs10 min
Instructors and Guest Authors10 min
Course Materials10 min
Extracts: You, Your Culture and Story10 min
Extracts: Cultural Myths and Legends10 min

2

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Genre, Form, and Audience

In this module we will give you an overview of genres and forms that are popular for young readers. We will then move on to a discussion of audience – who your readers are and how you can make your work appealing to your chosen audience. By the end of the module you will have a good sense of the wide range of genres and forms available to you and some techniques that you can use to make the most of the genre or form you are working in....
Reading
11 vidéos (Total 51 min), 2 lectures, 1 quiz
Video11 vidéos
Genre - Part One3 min
Genre - Part Two4 min
Form - Part One4 min
Form - Part Two4 min
Audience - Part One4 min
Audience - Part Two3 min
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part One: 'it can be nice to write just for the sake of writing'8 min
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part Two: 'my favourite authors have permeated my brain'6 min
Interview with Finegan Kruckemeyer - Part Three: 'it truly is a magical feeling'5 min
Module Summary Genre, Form, and Audience2 min
Reading2 lectures
Extracts: Genre Types10 min
Extracts: Audience10 min

3

Section
Clock
4 heures pour terminer

Structure

We’ve covered qualities of writing that make it appeal to an audience – its form, its genre, and its strong personal voice. Now we’ll move on to some structural elements that are key to holding your writing together. We’ll start by looking at character and setting, then move on to plot and theme. Finally, we will focus on language. Language can really bring your writing to life by adding a layer to your characters and setting and by giving your plot a good pace. This is the last module where we look at creating new writing. In the next two modules we’ll focus on editing your work and getting it published....
Reading
13 vidéos (Total 58 min), 5 lectures, 1 quiz
Video13 vidéos
Character - Part One3 min
Character - Part Two3 min
Setting4 min
Plot and Theme - Part One4 min
Plot and Theme - Part Two3 min
Language and Dialogue4 min
Other Language Tools4 min
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part One 'I let an idea simmer in my head'4 min
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Two: 'let the story show you the way'6 min
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Three: 'I give them their right to live as characters'5 min
Interview with Tololwa Mollel - Part Four: 'I really enjoyed the act of writing itself'4 min
Module Summary Structure2 min
Reading5 lectures
Extracts: Character10 min
Extracts: Setting10 min
Sample Plot Chart10 min
Extracts: Plot and Theme10 min
Extracts Language and Dialogue10 min

4

Section
Clock
3 heures pour terminer

Editing and Proofreading

In this module you will learn how to transform your draft work into something that flows well, is free of errors, and is ready to be published. We’ll start by looking at structural editing, where you look at your work’s plot, structure, and themes. Then we’ll move on to the copyediting and proofreading stage, where you focus on perfecting grammar and spelling. We have provided resources and checklists that will help you to practice applying our editing tips to your own work....
Reading
10 vidéos (Total 42 min), 3 lectures, 1 quiz
Video10 vidéos
Structural Editing - Part One3 min
Structural Editing - Part Two4 min
Structural Editing - Part Three4 min
Copyediting and Proofreading - Part One4 min
Copyediting and Proofreading - Part Two2 min
Interview with Summer Edward - Part One: 'The story keeps telling itself in my mind'5 min
Interview with Summer Edward - Part Two: 'don't be afraid to cut'5 min
Interview with Summer Edward - Part Three: 'I practice silence'5 min
Module Summary Editing and Proofreading1 min
Reading3 lectures
Structural Editing Checklist10 min
Extract: Structural Editing10 min
Copyediting Checklist10 min
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par DBFeb 7th 2016

I am a beginner wantabee author and publisher, first steps are elementary, as I need. Self paced, life can get in the way. Instructors are wonderful, as are the guest speakers and interviewees Thanks.

par FOJul 17th 2017

This course introduces writing in an easy to understand way. The interviews with published authors are very insightful as well. The exercises are a great avenue to practice what the Mooc instruct

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À propos de Commonwealth Education Trust

The Commonwealth Education Trust invests in primary and secondary education and the professional development of teachers throughout their careers. Through education it seeks to enhance the opportunities for children from all walks of life to contribute to the sustainable development of their communities. ...

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