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Writing for Young Readers

This course is for curious students and aspiring authors with a passion for writing for young readers. Participate in a dynamic online community of writers as you experiment with your own writing and develop your voice. This course will guide you with a combination of video lectures, online readings, peer reviews, and guest appearances from world-renowned children’s authors. As you work through the writing exercises, you will give and receive feedback from your peers and gain tools and techniques for improving your writing. During this course you will identify stories that matter to you, explore cultural significance and boundaries, and shape your identity as a writer; become familiar with standard elements of narrative (character, setting, plot, theme, language, dialogue, point of view); reflect on your own work and practice essential self-editing skills; see the different ways in which words and art interact, and the possibilities of longer narrative forms; come away with practical insights into publishing options; and create a plan for pursuing your enthusiasm for writing. By the end of the course, you will have ten to twelve extracts of writing that you can develop into a portfolio. Join a dynamic community of many voices from around the world. Find inspiration in your own voice, heart, and place so that you can tell the stories for young readers you’ve always wanted to tell.

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Rating 4.6 based on 348 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 8-15 hours
Starts Jul 3 (13 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Commonwealth Education Trust via Coursera
Instructors David Hill, Maria Gill, Alex Alexandrou
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Language English
Subjects Languages Humanities
Tags Language Learning Learning English

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It challenges you just enough to unlock new ideas but nut so much that you get stuck again.

Thank you so much Coursera team, for providing such a wonderful platform where anybody whose interested can find the right courses and educate themselves being in their own comfort zones.

I learnt so much and have gained so much confidence, in writing skills.

Thank you so much to all who made this course available!Bests,Angelita Valencia Very interesting but the certificate are not received soon Loved the stories of the contributers!

Thank you so much for this wonderful course!!!

I'm an English teacher, so much of this was second-hand to me.

I got so much from the lectures, interviews, and exercise.

Thank-you so much for the course!!!

This course was very helpful and contained valuable information for a beginning writ I've learned so much from this course.

I had so much fun in this course.

Some students were brutal in their grading because one was over the word count by a few words, so be aware of that, if you are going to undertake this 'course'.This is not so much a course which leads to some sort of exam or qualification ( but an independent information acquirement experience.

Thank you so much!

Thank you so much for all the work that you've put into this course!

So much to get your inspiration from and qualified to teachers to guide you along the way.

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for young readers

I loved the experience ,This platform is great is a great place to study "Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest" was great!

:) This is one of the best courses on writing for young readers that I have come across.

I learned a lot about how to write for young readers.thank you A very introductory course that helps in getting an idea on how to write for young readers.

This course has some very distinct and informative material which was terrific for learning about writing for young readers.

The course 'Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest' helped me advance in my writing and rethink my approach in way.

Anyone that wants to write for young readers would do well to take this course.

Great course for learning the basics of writing for young readers.

Granted it is a course for learning to write for young readers, you can also learn how to write for an older audience as well.

Is this also useful for stories for young readers?I learned a lot but perhaps there should be a second course.

Not only for young readers, in general!

Would be nice if there's a follow-up course on 'Publishing'.One more thing, not sure why it's called 'Writing for young readers',....

I feel, there's not a lot specifically on writing for young readers.I'd say it's more like a (general) "introduction to writing stories".

However, it still is insightful and inspirational as, 'Writing for Young Readers' is taught by two established children writers and, packed with interviews of other writers from all around the world.

This course is really meant for beginning writers for Young Readers.

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david hill

However, there are no written examples of expectations for weeks 4 and 5 At least David Hill shows examples after lectures.

Not everyone is an audible learner therefore written examples should be posted for week 5 While the information is certainly good, and I enjoyed listening to David Hill, it is too basic for me.

David Hill is simply superb with clarity and focus on small small things that matter for young writers and readers alike.

Professor David Hill is enchanting.

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highly recommend

I highly recommend the course.

I highly recommend this course for those who have always had a passion for writing.

I will highly recommend it to anyone interested in writing for children.

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it for novice writers.

Very good course which I'd highly recommend to writer beginners and those, like myself, who need to brush up and learn a few more techniques.

I highly recommend it!

I highly recommend this course I am loving this course and it feels liberating to write again, after so many months of idleness.

I highly recommend taking this course.

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easy to follow

The course was easy to follow and helped me apply what I learnt in each module.

The instructor was very good and the course was easy to follow and very enjoyable.

only just started this course but already enjoying it very much wonderfull Very helpful and easy to follow I liked this course a lot.

The information is good and at a pace that is easy to follow.

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my writing skills

=) Thank you, it was really useful to improve my writing skills in English <3 nic Very salient points presented throughtout.

This course has improved my writing skills.

I am learning a lot and improving my writing skills.

The assignments had helped a lot with improving my writing skills when it comes to fiction writing.

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peer reviews

It would have been perfect if along with peer reviews we could have been reviewed by famous writers as well!

I was looking for something that wasn't an introductory course, but I took it thinking the peer reviews would be worth it.

I just wished there was a better system for peer reviews, because I couldn't get any helpful tips or feedbackthrough them.

The assignments are well thought out though there was some confusion when it came to peer reviews and how to assess word count which the staff are trying to sort out.

Peer reviews were very varied as some people just wrote one word down which was no help at all, while someone inexperienced wil struggle with this I think the course should include an early module on reading and critically as reviewing someone's work is a great aid to writing and editing your own work.

Course paperwork could include a critical checklist to help with peer reviews.

The interviews were another interesting addition to the course, as the peer reviews: they were not created or structured to lead to failure but to selfimprovement an improvement trough other's advices.

In general, I found peer reviews not very helpful.

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maria gill

The wisdom of David Hill and Maria Gill, and the guest speaker interviews are inspiring and filled with the right mix of knowledge, tips, ideas, and practical assignments.

I particularly enjoyed the writing prompts and Maria Gill's portions of the course.

It also put me in contact with other young authors and going along with them was both inspirational and rewarding.The course lectures are very carefully curated and the two narrators, David Hill and Maria Gill, have made efforts to keep the participatns fascinated in many ways.

Instructors David Hill and Maria Gill were great and they taught in very effective manners and so were the guest speakers.

Not to mention that David Hill and Maria Gill both do an excellent job!

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guest speakers

the course itself was very useful- five modules with plenty of information and interesting guest speakers too.

Great hosts and guest speakers.

The instructors are great and all the guest speakers are delightful and interesting.

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Rating 4.6 based on 348 ratings
Length 6 weeks
Effort 8-15 hours
Starts Jul 3 (13 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From Commonwealth Education Trust via Coursera
Instructors David Hill, Maria Gill, Alex Alexandrou
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Languages Humanities
Tags Language Learning Learning English

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