Transport Young Readers With Your Writing
Next start date
October 4, 2016
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.
Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in writing workshop or work experience.
To participate in this program, you’ll need to have at least basic English language skills. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
This certificate program does not qualify for F-1 visa status. For information on eligible programs, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
You must have access to a computer, and we recommend a high-speed Internet connection.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
You’ll get tips and insights from local children’s book authors and publishing industry figures.
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.
Writing for Children: Foundations
Writing for Children: Intermediate
Writing for Children: Capstone
Certificate in Writing for Children
Approved by the UW Department of English.
Download the application form (PDF)
Apply online, or submit an application packet that includes:
We’re currently accepting applications and will be reviewing them in the order they’re received. We’ll accept applications until the program closes.
We’ll contact you within two weeks of receiving your application materials to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.
If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on paying your course fee. Your course fee is due two weeks before the first class.
With the exception of the one-time application fee, certificate program fees are charged on a quarterly basis. Payment is due when you register.
Course fees do not include any costs for class materials such as textbooks and software.
Drops, Withdrawals & Refunds
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.
Dive into more complex writing topics such as different types of storytelling and the five-focus plot structure. Consider the nuances of character, language and voice in your work.
Explore the foundational elements of literary short stories and novels — including character development, narrative voice, themes and point of view. Discover how to bring your own creative ideas to life.
Explore the popular fiction genre, and learn how to captivate readers with strong plots, powerful scenes and three-dimensional characters as you develop your own novel.
Study the creative and technical aspects of one of most popular areas of fiction today. Learn how to take a rough story idea or draft and develop it into a fully formed piece of writing.