author & children's advocate

Writing and Publishing for Children: Online Video Course

Ready to jump-start your children's writing career? This online video tutorial is an introduction to the children’s literature field. It will give you confidence to pursue your children's writing dreams, improve your writing technique, and maximise your chances of successful publication. Learn about the genres of children’s literature, the current marketplace, and how to submit a manuscript. You will walk away from the course with a complete roadmap for developing your children's book from idea to publication.

What You'll Learn: Course Modules and Content

1. What is children’s literature?
      Historical development and overview
2. Formats and genres
      Different children's book layouts and styles of writing for children
3. Finding children’s book ideas
      Brainstorming and pre-writing
4. Tips for writing children’s books: fiction and nonfiction
      Character, conflict, story arc, pacing, point of view etc.
5. How to write for young readers
      DOs and DON’Ts
6. Getting a publishing contract
      Manuscript formatting, query letters, literary agents, networking
7. The editing process
      Revising and the 4 types of editing
8. Conclusion
      The Children’s Writer’s Publishing Roadmap
About Summer

Summer Edward is a Ginkgo Prize longlisted author who writes for children and adults. In 2021, her children's books, The Wonder of the World Leaf and Renaissance Man: Geoffrey Holder's Life in the Arts, were published by HarperCollins UK/Collins Big Cat and Heinemann USA respectively. She has five children's books forthcoming, to be published by Heinemann USA in 2022. She has worked with HarperCollins, Candlewick Press, Heinemann USA, Peepal Tree Press, and University Press of Mississippi. A former college writing instructor, she studied fiction at the Kelly Writers House and received writing residencies from the Highlights Foundation and the Cropper Foundation. She created Anansesem, an online magazine covering Caribbean literature for young readers, which was published for a decade. She previously worked as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann USA, a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost Novelist, and has reviewed children's and young adult books for The Horn Book Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. She is a lifelong Roothbert Fellow, and has served on the juries of the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature, OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Summer grew up in Trinidad and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently divides her time between Trinidad and the USA.

Details                                 Instructor

Date:                                    Summer Edward, M.Ed.
Starts June 1,

Time:                                    Email:
1.5 hours                              

Cost:                                     Website:
$35 (USD)                 

Event Categories:
Online Course,
Virtual Event

Does not include
homework or

A link to access the course will be sent via email after registration. NOTE: Link expires after 2 weeks. No cancellations or refunds.