Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive

at Gotham Writers' Workshop - Online

Course Details
$190 6 seats left
Start Date:

Sat, Aug 14, 1:00pm - Aug 21, 4:00pm Eastern Time (2 sessions)

Price includes $25 registration fee, paid once per term.
Purchase Options
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 14

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this writing for children course:

The quiet magic of Goodnight Moon grows into the zaniness of Dr. Seuss and widens into the dazzlement of Harry Potter then matures into the straight talk of Judy Blume and the gritty reality of The Outsiders. Such is the amazing journey children take through books. These stories are a treasured part of childhood and they linger for a lifetime.

To captivate young readers, you must balance a youthful imagination with an adult professionalism. Here you will learn about the various types of children’s books and their special requirements, as well as fiction craft and how to market your work.

Whatever type of children’s book you seek to write—picture books, easy readers, chapter books, middle grade, young adult—we’ll show you how to write stories that entrance.


Our Children’s Book courses cover the full spectrum of children’s books, from picture books to YA novels. Many children’s books authors write books for various age levels. The focus is mostly on fiction, but writers are welcome to work on nonfiction children’s books.

If you want to work on a YA novel, you may do so in our Children’s Book courses, or in our Fiction/Novel courses or our genre courses: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery. The difference: In a Children’s Book course, you will be learning about and reading works for various age levels; in the other courses, you will be learning about and reading works for adults. This is fine because YA novels are very close to adult novels.

Children's Book Intensive topics include:

  • Overview of the field
  • Character
  • Plot
  • Description
  • Getting published

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

Upon registration, the instructor will send along additional information about how to log-on and participate in the class.

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Refund Policy

Note: This provider has a temporary cancellation policy for COVID-19 related cancellations which is as follows: 

We offer refunds if students withdraw two or more days before a class begins. This comes with a $50 fee, but we will likely waive this for Coronavirus situations.   


Original cancellation policy (non-COVID-19):

All Classes (except One-days and Write-Ins)
For a refund or credit, contact us two business days or more before your class starts. You can either choose to hold a full credit with us good for one year on other Gotham classes OR you can opt for a refund less a $25 administrative fee and your $25 registration fee ($50 total).

If you need to withdraw after your class has started (or one business day before it starts), you won’t receive a refund, but you’re welcome to a Gotham credit less the price of Week 1 and your $25 registration fee, but we need to hear from you two business days or more before Week 2 meets for that to happen. After that point, no credits are available.

One-day Intensives
You may reschedule a One-day Intensive one time, if you notify us before the class begins.

If you notify us two business days or more before your class begins, rescheduling is free. If you notify us less than two business days before your class begins, there is a $25 rescheduling fee. If you don’t notify us until after your class begins, we cannot reschedule you.

You may get a refund (minus a $50 fee) if you notify us two business days or more before your class begins.

If you withdraw two hours or more before it begins, you’re welcome to a full credit good for one year toward another Write-In. No refunds are available. If you simply don’t show up and don’t notify us in advance, you forfeit your money.

A few more things
Credits are valid for one year and cannot be changed into refunds down the road.Simply not attending class or notifying the instructor does not mean you've officially withdrawn.Some exceptions are made on a case-by-case basis for medical emergencies with a doctor's note.Refunds take up to six weeks to process.

Please understand, we can't issue a refund after classes have started, even if you miss your first class. Similarly, we can't offer you a credit one day before your second class or after that. We understand that other obligations get in the way of attending class, but these policies allow us to get other interested writers into class early enough to have a good experience, and this allows us to offer our classes at a reasonable price. 

Important Notes:

  • Students are allowed to join a class in the second week.
  • Only those who pay the tuition in full can be guaranteed a place in class.
  • Class dates and times may be subject to change. A substitute may be assigned or make-up classes added to the end of the term.
  • Auditing and the recording of classes are not allowed.For all classes, students receive a record of payment and registration.
  • Gotham reserves the right to remove any student at our discretion.
  • Gotham does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, socioeconomic status, national or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, or marital status.
  • Our courses are not intended to provide instruction that will result in the student's acquisition of occupational skills.
Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD 2 $190
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Sat, Aug 21 1:00pm - 4:00pm Eastern Time TBD

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Questions & Answers (4)

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Question from dana s.
Hi, Who is the instructor for the two-day intensive starting Oct. 10? Thanks.
Question from linda d.
Hi, Do you need to have a manuscript? I do not and am simply interested in knowing how to go about writing a children’s book.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Linda! For the one-day intensive, you do not need a manuscript. Hope this helps!
Question from anonymous
Can you specify the location of the class?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi, the class location is at 30 W 16 St Between 5th & 6th Avenues. Thank you.
Question from Danielle
I am mostly interested in writing and illustrating children’s picture books, is this class something I should still consider even though it covers a broader spectrum?
Answer from Mike G. Verified Student
Yes, it talks about the format for picture books specifically as well.
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Danielle! Picture books are covered in depth in this class and are the primary subject matter. It veers briefly into middle grade and young adult. So yeah, if the interest is in writing and illustrating picture books, this is the place to be.
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Reviews of Classes at Gotham Writers' Workshop (739)

(739 Reviews)
Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Lisa G. on 2/7/2021
It was a great class! I learned plenty and am inspired as a result to forge ahead with my writing. I only wish we'd had more time to cover more of the material in detail. I think a three-day intensive might allow for that.
Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by susan s. on 1/31/2021
I really enjoyed this class. I am excited about trying to write a children's book. This class was very helpful and inspiring.
Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 7/5/2020
The course was great and I came away with some terrific ideas to work with. I’m not sure that I loved the intensive format. I think that Maggie is a wonderful and interesting teacher. There were some technical problems the first session but otherwise things ran smoothly.
Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Anonymous on 6/28/2020
Excellent teacher. First class was great. Enjoyed very much. Need better access to the materials.
Children’s Book Writing Level 1 Two Day Intensive
Reviewed by Lisa M. on 9/16/2019
The class was so informative and fun! I liked how well the day was structured and got a lot out of it. I also liked that the class was taught by an accomplished author with lots of experience.
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