Commonwealth Education Trust
Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest
Commonwealth Education Trust

Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest

Taught in English

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Gain insight into a topic and learn the fundamentals

Maria Gill
Alex Alexandrou

Instructors: Maria Gill

4.7

(1,260 reviews)

13 hours to complete
3 weeks at 4 hours a week
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There are 5 modules in this course

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.

What's included

18 videos7 readings1 peer review

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.

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11 videos2 readings1 peer review

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.

What's included

13 videos5 readings1 peer review

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.

What's included

10 videos3 readings1 peer review

In this final module you’ll learn about different ways that you can get your work published and into the hands of young readers. We have included information about a range of different publishing methods available to you, from traditional print publishing to digital publishing. You can also listen to our guest writers talking about how they publish their own work. This MOOC is just a starting point for your writing life. You will soon be ready to join a global network of writers.

What's included

12 videos3 readings1 peer review

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4.8 (212 ratings)
Maria Gill
Commonwealth Education Trust
1 Course108,371 learners
Alex Alexandrou
Commonwealth Education Trust
2 Courses108,855 learners

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