Certificate in Writing for Children

Transport Young Readers With Your Writing


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Class Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $2,280

Next start date

October 2017

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About this Program

There is nothing more enthralling to a child than a good book, one that weaves a spell and fosters a lifetime love of reading. You can learn to create this magic yourself and captivate young imaginations by writing your own children’s book.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll enhance your skills and discover your distinct voice as an author of children’s literature. We’ll delve into the essential elements of any good work, including plot, character, setting and dialogue. Take your own story idea from concept to finished product and gain an understanding of the children's publishing market.


Those interested in writing and publishing fiction and nonfiction for children.

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  • Specifics of different subgenres of children’s fiction and nonfiction, including picture, chapter, middle grade and young adult books
  • Research methods to enrich, enliven and expand your writing
  • Processes for revising and polishing your work
  • How to write query letters and proposals, research the market and develop relationships with agents and publishers


You’ll get tips and insights from local children’s book authors and publishing industry figures.

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

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Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

Not available for this program


Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program