If you write for children – or you want to write for children – check out our workshops for children’s writers, listed below. We have workshops on a variety of topics of interest to children’s writers. Look for new workshops here every month!

And just so you know – workshop instructors, and the topics they present, are personally selected by Suzanne Lieurance, founder and CEO of the National Writing for Children Center, to ensure quality workshops for children’s writers. The National Writing for Children Center makes these workshops available LIVE and then as recorded audios and also promotes them on a regular basis. The National Writing for Children Center splits the registration fees with the instructors.

Our Writer’s Workshops

 

Workshop Title: Show Don’t Tell

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop

What does it mean when editors and fellow critiquers say, “Show, don’t tell”? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn how to use dialogue, anecdotes, and other techniques to replace boring narrative and description with writing that keeps your readers engaged and asking for more.

During this workshop, we’ll examine:

*Identifying weak spots in manuscripts that cause an editor to comment, “Show, don’t tell.”

*The balance of narrative and vivid scenes in successful stories

*Techniques that show instead of tell

To get the RECORDED teleclass CLICK HERE, only $20.


Workshop Title: How to Write for Educational Book Publishers & Book Packagers

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Instructor: Melissa Abramovitz

About This Workshop
Writing for educational book publishers and book packagers can be financially lucrative and a great source of ongoing work for freelancers. These markets are expanding in today’s world of Common Core Standards and the subsequent emphasis on quality supplemental classroom nonfiction materials. But this type of work is not for everyone, and breaking into educational publishing is somewhat different than publishing trade books. In this workshop/teleclass I will present information on what educational book publishers and book packagers are, how to evaluate whether or not this type of publishing is for you, and what is involved in breaking into/writing for these markets.

In this workshop you will learn and discover:

• What educational publishers and book packagers are and how they differ

• How to evaluate whether or not this type of work is right for you

• Trends in educational publishing, with tips and information from educational book publishers and book packaging company insiders

• How to find educational book publishers and book packagers that work with freelancers

• How to put together a pitch/query/resume to use in seeking this type of book assignments

• What the advantages are of working for educational book publishers and packagers

• Answers to your questions about educational book publishing and book packagers

REGISTER HERE NOW to get the full audio and handouts for this workshop for only $20.00!


Workshop Title: Reader’s Theater – On With the Show – Part 1

 

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop
Have you written a self-published book? Do you wish it could be used in a school classroom? Then wish no more! Develop a Reader’s Theater read-aloud script based on your book that can be read in classrooms with kids the age of your book’s target audience.

Are you trying to market one of your published books? Then give Reader’s Theater a try! It’s a valuable tool in your marketing toolbox. Based on your book’s topic, you can offer it for sale on your website or sell it on sites such as Teachers Pay Teachers to both market your book and earn income.

Reader’s Theater is fun. Reader’s Theater is hot. Reader’s Theater is something YOU CAN do on your own without a publisher in the loop…or you can write Reader’s Theater plays and get them published in the educational market today!

Whatever your goals and whichever your purposes are, Reader’s Theater read-aloud scripts are great for every writer to know how to write. Nancy Sanders has written dozens and dozens of them and has published them in a variety of ways including freebies on her website, products for sale on Teachers Pay Teachers, and as published books with publishers such as Scholastic Teaching Resources.

Listen to this workshop audio, where Nancy will take you, step-by-step, through the process of writing a Reader’s Theater read-aloud script that fits into today’s market.

In this workshop, you’ll learn:

• How to format the manuscript of the script

• How to adapt your script to large or small groups

• How to write for certain reading levels

• How to write simple ones for young readers and complex ones for older audiences

• How to include staging directions

• How to write to support the Common Core State Standards

And more!

Click Here to Register and get the complete audio and all the handouts for only $20.00!


Workshop Title: Reader’s Theater: Part 2 – Simple Writing Exercises

 

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders, bestselling and award-winning children’s author of nearly 100 books including Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career.
Visit her website at www.nancyisanders.wordpress.com.

About This Workshop
Now that you learned the basics of writing Reader’s Theater scripts in Part 1 of this workshop – On With the Show – you’re ready to go through the actual step-by-step process of writing reader’s theater scripts.

In this workshop you’ll do simple writing exercises to learn how to take a story you’ve previously written (whether it’s already been published or not) and turn it into a reader’s theater script. You’ll also learn how to take a historic document in the public domain and turn it into a reader’s theater script. You’ll explore ways you can use published stories, from fairy tales to fiction to nonfiction, as a spring board for writing an original reader’s theater script all your own.

Register here now for this workshop now and get the complete audio and all the handouts for just $20.00.


Workshop Title: Write a Middle Grade Novel in One Month

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop
Learning how to write a Middle Grade (MG) novel is a big step on your way to success as a writer!

• It’s one of the easiest ways to experience breakthrough and get a book published in the children’s market.

• If you write for children, the strategies you’ll learn will help you write better Picture Books and Young Adult novels, too.

• If you write for adults, the strategies you learn will help you write better novels for the adult market. AND you can practice these skills here in a short project, which you’ll actually complete in just one month.

In this 4-session Writer’s Workshop:

• You will start a BRAND NEW Middle Grade novel.

Why?

Experiencing success as a writer doesn’t mean getting your one dream book published.

It means learning how to write book after book after book.

Starting a brand new MG novel for this workshop will get you off to a brand new start based on award-winning strategies Nancy will teach you. Then, after the workshop is over, you can go back and use the skills you learned to fix and complete a MG novel you already started.

• You will study plot, chapter-by-chapter, of two Newbery-winning MG novels.

• Nancy will teach you how to plan your story’s main plot along with 4 subplots for your own MG novel.

• Nancy will show you how to develop your cast of kid-appealing characters.

• Nancy will provide you with charts and handouts you will actually fill out during the workshop to help guide you through the process from beginning to end (there are over 25 handouts included when you register for this workshop).

YOUR Commitment

• Read two Middle Grade novels Nancy assigns to use as references during the workshop (both Newbery winners)

• Write one chapter each day, 5 days a week, during the 4 sessions of the workshop for a total of 20 chapters. (A chapter in many MG novels is just 3-4 typed pages. You can do this!!!!)

Recommended Supplies

Have these supplies handy as you listen to each session to get the most benefit from these workshops:

• Your own personal copy you can write in of The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleishman and Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi

• Spiral notebook

• Expandable pocket folder with empty file folders

• Zipper pencil pouch holding 6 highlighters of various colors (suggested: blue, pink, purple, green, yellow, and orange)

• 6 pens of various colors (suggested: blue, pink, purple, red, light green, dark green or black)

• White-out, sticky note pad, paper clips, binder clips

The Workshop Sessions

Here’s What Will Be Presented and What You’ll Need to Do for Each of the 4 Sessions

Session 1: Act 1, The Set-Up

• Establish setting

• Choose your Main Character, 1-2 Supporting Characters, and 1-2 Bad Guys

• Brainstorm ideas for your main story plot/problem

• Introduce the 3-Act Structure

• Identify Subplots

• Brainstorm key elements of a winning first chapter

• Plot Chapters 1-5 of your story

• After this session: Write Chapters 1-5, a total of about 15 pages

Session 2: Act 2, First Half

• Develop the conflicting middle

• Identify the turning point of your story

• Scene versus Narrative: Show, don’t tell

• Flesh out your characters

• Choose memorable names

• Develop character tags for your Main Character

• Plot Chapters 6-10 of your story

• After this session: Write Chapters 6-10, a total of about 15 pages

Session 3: Act 2, Second Half

• Write the turning point of your story

• Increase the stakes

• Confirm setting details

• Format first and second page correctly

• Determine page count

• Check for cliffhangers

• Plug in metaphors and sensory details

• Develop character tags for Supporting Characters

• Track your Background Characters

• Plot Chapters 11-15 of your story

• After this session: Write Chapters 11-15, a total of about 15 pages

Session 4: Act 3, The Conclusion

• Chart the main story plot for your novel

• Make your Main Character change in a significant and meaningful way

• Make subplots surface to influence main plot

• Wrap up the conflict in a satisfying way

• Plot Chapters 16-20 of your story

• Make To-Do List for finishing novel

• Tie up loose ends

• Discuss self-editing process to make your novel shine

• What to do next? How, when, and why to start your next MG novel

• After this session: Write Chapters 16-20, a total of about 15 pages, to finish your novel.

This 4-session Writer’s Workshop includes almost 4 hours of audio instruction and over 25 handouts! GET THE COMPLETE AUDIOS AND ALL THE HANDOUTS HERE NOW for just $49.97!


Workshop Title: Getting in the Writer’s Zone

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders, bestselling and award-winning children’s author of nearly 100 books including Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career.

About This Workshop
As writers, we often sit down at our writing desk and demand our brain turn on like the light switch we hit when we entered our office. The brain, however, literally has a mind of its own. It refuses to be manipulated, bargained with, or even persuaded to perform. Hence so many of us as writers suffer from writer’s block and can’t regularly pump out the quality and quantity we long to produce. But guess what? Just as the animal trainer at Sea World can teach a dolphin to perform at a 5:00 show, we can learn effective strategies and implement rewards to train our brain to perform wherever and whenever we choose. Good-bye writer’s block! Welcome to the writer’s zone!

This workshop is geared for Advanced Writers but all levels of writers are welcome!

During this workshop, you’ll learn about:

• Discovering How Your Brain Works (Not Your Writing Buddy’s)

• Creating Your Unique Zone

• Practical Steps Every Writer Can Take to Get in the Zone

CLICK HERE TO GET The Full AUDIO AND HANDOUTS for only $20.


Workshop Title: The Rule of Three

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders, bestselling and award-winning children’s author of nearly 100 books including Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published, and Build a Successful Writing Career.

About This Workshop
No matter what genre or market you’re passionate about, we’ll focus on how you can Improve Your Craft by incorporating the Rule of Three. Today’s workshop will give you the skills you need to take that next step in your writing. For some of you it might even be a jump! From character development to plotting your story arc to developing your career, the Rule of Three will impact your writing journey like never before. Learn how you can incorporate the Rule of Three into your writing with this teleclass taught by Nancy I. Sanders.

During this workshop, you’ll learn about:

• How to apply the Rule of Three to create characters readers connect with

• Steps to incorporate the Rule of Three to develop plots that keep readers begging for more

• Career choices that utilize the Rule of Three to take your writing to the next level!

CLICK HERE to get the complete audio and handouts for only $20.00.


Genre – Get in the Know

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop
You may know that if you write a Young Adult romance novel the basic plot includes boy meets girl. And you probably already know that you need a sleuth with a trail of clues to follow if you write a mystery for middle grades. But what you may not know is that in a kid’s adventure story there is hardly any character development because it’s all about the setting and what happens where. The genre you choose to write for kids influences character development, plot, and setting in big ways.

Make sure your manuscripts have what it takes to go for the gold in the genre they compete in. From picture book to YA novel, get in the know on genre with this workshop.

During this workshop, you’ll examine:

*How Genre Influences Plot, Character, and Setting: A General Overview

*Specific Genres and Their Impact on Picture Books, Chapter Books, Middle Grade Novels, and Young Adult Novels.

Some of the genres covered include: Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Dystopia…and more!

*Tips to help make your manuscript fit better into its genre

Register here for the workshop, only $20.00 for the workshop audio and handouts.


Tension – Tightening the Pressure

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop
A story without tension isn’t a story at all — it’s just a series of events. Learn simple strategies to build tension into scenes, chapters, and the entire story arc. From picture books to novels, learn how to up the stakes and tighten the pressure on your characters with this workshop taught by Nancy I. Sanders.

During this workshop, you’ll examine:

• How tension impacts your plot structure and influences your characters

• Upping the tension in a scene, a chapter, and the entire story arc

• Worksheet of Tense Moments

Register Here Now to get the complete audio and handouts for only $20.00.


Workshop Title: All About Agents

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Instructor: Nancy I. Sanders

About This Workshop
How do you get an agent? And how do you know if you need an agent in the first place? If these are questions you want to explore, this writer’s workshop is for you. Nancy I. Sanders has had experience working with top agents in the industry and she will give you the inside scoop on when your writing career will benefit from working with an agent and just how to make it happen. In this workshop she covers:

• Do You Need an Agent?

• The Agents Job.

• Steps She Took to Find An Agent.

• Your Agent and You – The Working Relationship.

REGISTER HERE NOW to get the complete audio and handouts for this workshop now for only $20.00!


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