Complete Writing For Children Course

Complete Writing For Children Course

by Clémentine Beauvais


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781471804403
Publisher: Quercus
Publication date: 02/18/2015
Series: Teach Yourself Series
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Clementine Beauvais writes children's books and has a PhD in children's literature from Cambridge. She is the author of the acclaimed Sesame Seade Mysteries series and her academic work on children's literature has won numerous awards. She also has a very active social media presence online.

Table of Contents

About the author v

Acknowledgements v

Introduction vii

Part 1 Finding a voice

1 Once upon a time … and other beginnings 3

2 What's it about? Theme and thesis 15

3 Crafting a plot and sticking to it 25

4 Perspective and tense: who speaks, and when? 39

5 Children, adults, animals, monsters: characters in children's literature 51

6 Playing with language 69

7 Stand-alone or series? 77

8 Research 91

9 Writing, writing, writing, writing 103

Part 2 Finding a format

10 Picturebooks: for the love of words and pictures 115

11 Chapter books: action! 131

12 Tween and young teenage literature: negotiating the high-school turn 147

13 Young Adult literature: the good, the dark and the broody 157

14 Poetry for children: rhyme and reason 169

15 Fairy tales - between tradition and renewal 177

16 Drama-free editing and polishing 187

Part 3 Finding a publisher

17 Almost there! Proposal, pitch and planning the next stage 203

18 Shopping time: from agent to editor 217

19 You're in! Working with an editor and a publishing house 229

20 Self-publishing 239

Part 4 Finding readers

21 Promoting your book: the basics 249

22 Building an Internet presence 259

23 Talking to kids: the real child readers and you 277

24 Networking and getting stronger 289

Conclusion 296

Bibliography 298

Index 303

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