The Write a Children's Book Course | Part 1

Price: £ 565.00


Write a Children’s Book Course Part 1

Get the skills, expert guidance and support you need to write a children’s novel

Fast-track your progress by studying with a successful author
of over 60 children's books

The Write a Children’s Book Course Part 1 takes you through the process of writing a novel for children step by step.

This lucrative market (think J. K. Rowling and Jeff Kinney) is always open to new writers who have cracked the code of what inspires children and holds their attention.

But how do you write a successful novel for this challenging audience (aged 8- to 12-years old)? This course answers that question.

You’ll discover how to plot a children’s book, how to make sure it appeals to the right age group, and how to engage your readers so that they keep turning the pages. 

If you’re worried about dead ends in your story, we’ll teach you how to structure your story, create and build tension, and avoid the pitfalls that make a story dry up. 

The Write a Children's Book Course Gives You...

Expert, Individual Feedback

Get prompt, honest, detailed feedback on every assignment from an award-winning writer. We focus on your unique writing strengths.

No Peer Reviews!

You will only be assessed by your tutor, a leader in their field. No more guessing and wondering how to write; you'll be guided line by line.

No Automated Marking

We use traditional methods of assessing work, as editors at publishing houses would. No generic feedback!

A Flexible Schedule

Work wherever and whenever you want. You can easily fit our courses around work and other commitments.

Relevant, Usable Content

Easy-to-digest course notes that capture a lifetime of writing experience, ready for you to apply to your own writing.

Ongoing Assessment

Your writing is assessed continuously as your course progresses.

Write Your Novel for Children

The best way to jump-start your novel for children

Over seven modules, complete numerous assignments and a solid start of 5,000 words towards your manuscript. You’ll get line-by-line feedback and mentoring from Helen Brain, which will bring about noticeable improvements to your writing. 

As Helen explains:

‘I’ve made every possible mistake in my writing career, most of them multiple times. I’ve discovered that it’s better to think through a plot thoroughly before you start writing, and that having a detailed plan to follow will help you get to the end without running out of steam. 

I’ve learnt tricks for overcoming writer’s block and for pushing my ideas further, even if – especially if –  it means leaving my comfort zone. Mostly, I’ve discovered that being kind to myself helps my creativity. 

In this course, I will teach you what I wish I’d learnt when I first started writing. And I’ll stand by you and support you as you plot out and write your book for children.’

‘It is brilliant that at the end of the course you have a completed manuscript. Helen Brain is excellent; she is an expert in her subject matter and gives constructive feedback. It was an absolute pleasure working with her.’

Renata Dry, Write a Children’s Book Course

Course Overview

Start your course at any time – applications open all year round.


Price includes VAT

Other currencies will be converted at time of invoice



The assignments vary in length.



These modules include around 200 pages of course notes.



Work at your own pace – up to a maximum of eight months.


Working with an individual tutor means you can start the course at any time.


Basic writing skills are essential. Computer skills, e-mail and Internet access required. No previous tertiary qualification required.

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Tutor for this course

Helen Brain

I’ve been writing for 25 years, and teaching creative writing for 11. I’ve seen over a thousand students graduate from my courses, and have an exceptionally high completion rate.

I’m very interested in the craft of writing and believe that this is something that can be learned and practised so that the story that appears on the page correlates more closely with the story in your head.    

I love teaching one-on-one, and supporting my students as they stretch themselves creatively and technically.


  • Over 60 books published for children, young adults, 1997 – 2019
  • Here be Lions, a memoir, published 2006
  • Fiery Spiral trilogy acquired by US publisher Catalyst Press 2018
  • Ibby South Africa Honours list multiple years
  • ATKV Award for her teen novel Tamara
  • Three of her books have been selected for the SACBF (South African Children’s Book Forum) Honours List

Course Curriculum

Module 1

An Introduction

  • Some myths about writing for children
  • Getting started
  • Writing assignments


Module 2

Know Your Readers

  • Developmental and reading age
  • Current trends
  • Writing assignments


Module 3

How to Plot

  • How to tell a story with a beginning, a middle and an end
  • What can children this age understand in terms of structure?
  • Point of view: Through whose eyes are you telling the story?
  • Writing assignments


Module 4

Writing Technique

  • The difference between formal/business writing and storytelling
  • The basic elements of creative writing – action
  • The basic elements of creative writing – description
  • The basic elements of creative writing – dialogue
  • Writing assignments


Module 5

Voice and Mood

  • Choosing a voice
  • Creating mood
  • Writing assignments


Module 6


  • How to choose and develop characters
  • Writing assignments


Module 7

How to Write Dialogue

  • Writing strong dialogue that adds depth to character
  • Vocabulary and word patterns for children of this age
  • Reading age and target readership
  • Writing assignments


What Our Students Say

Jessica HarveyWrite a Children’s Book Course
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The course was wonderful. I learnt so much, and I’m sure I can put all these new-found skills to great use. Many of the skills I developed can be applied to writing – not just for children, but for teenagers or adults too – and are therefore a very valuable asset to have! It was hard work at times, but definitely worth the effort. My tutor was fantastic. She really pushed me to be better, and I appreciated that she was honest about what needed changing, but supportive enough that I wasn’t crushed by criticism. She was direct and helpful, but always made sure that I was the one putting in the effort so that I could develop better writing skills under my own steam. With her help, I feel like I have developed bigger ‘writing muscles’ and more confidence. Thanks, Helen! I now have a finished manuscript that I’m very happy with. It was a fantastic experience. I recommend it to anyone who is even considering it – worth every penny!
Michelle RandallWrite a Children’s Book Course
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When I started the course, my goal was to begin a book and see it through to the end. My vague knowledge of how to do this was clarified by the course notes, but it was the step-by-step process of actually writing a book, and the feedback from my tutor, that I found most valuable. I would never have completed my book without Helen’s guidance. She was forthright and challenging, her input insightful. Whenever I felt that my story wasn’t good enough, or that I wasn’t a good enough writer, she was there to pound me back into shape. Essentially, Helen provided me with the self-confidence to see a story through to its end … and more importantly, the courage to start the next one. I am halfway through my new book, and I have Helen to thank for it. Overall, I would describe my experience with the college as absolutely brilliant. I loved the back and forth process of feedback and rewriting. I am a MUCH better writer for it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks!
Lauri ThorburnWrite a Children’s Book Course
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My experience with the course was invaluable. I learnt so much. The course content and assignments have made me a much stronger writer. My tutor Helen was amazing – incredibly inspiring and insightful. She gave me a different perspective on writing, and my final manuscript wouldn’t have been half as strong if it wasn’t for her. I owe her a lot. The Writers College is professional, credible and well worthwhile. The course absolutely met all of my objectives and more! It has made me a much more critical, thorough and refined writer, and it has motivated me to reach my writing goals.
Lyn McNameeWrite a Children’s Book Course
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Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children’s book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.
Samantha CarrollWrite a Children’s Book Course
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Writing a book seemed overwhelming but with the proper material and guidance from a tutor, the process was a lot less stressful than I anticipated. It was highly enjoyable and I have learnt valuable skills. Helen became more of a mentor and she went out of her way to help me. She was very encouraging and patient, she gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side. I looked forward to receiving each new module. I feel more confident in my writing skills thanks to her guidance. The course exceeded my expectations, it was a fantastic experience. I recommend the Writers’ College to budding writers.

Get These Additional Benefits

Lifetime Course Access

Benefit from free lifetime access to future course updates and access to our writing resources.

Join a Community of Writers

You will have access to our friendly Facebook community, daily writing tips and writing inspiration.

500+ Bonus Articles on Our Blog

A superb, constantly updated resource with articles on writing and interviews with writers.

Work at Your Own Pace

Our courses work around you. You can pace your course around your busy life.

Work Opportunities

Top students are invited to join our writers and editors for hire service.

Be the First to Know About Writing Competitions

We'll help you keep up to date with the latest competition announcements

Risk-Free 100% Money-Back Guarantee

We are so confident that you will love your course that if you’re not 100% satisfied with the quality of our training, simply ask for a refund within 30 days.

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Questions? We've Got Answers

The course consists of seven modules. Detailed course notes covering the content of each module will be emailed to you. At the end of each module, you will be required to complete several writing exercises. 

Once a writing assignment has been completed and emailed to your tutor, you will receive an assessment and feedback, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be emailed to you.

Absolutely. You have direct communication with your tutor for the duration of the course. The more questions you ask, the more you will get out of the course.

You will get lifetime access to the course. You will also benefit from future updates and improvements to the course!

For the majority of our courses, only your tutor will see your work. It will remain completely private unless you get it published, a decision that is yours to make.

You will receive a Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided you meet the following conditions: 

  • You must have completed all of the assignments. 
  • The course must have been completed within eight months of registration.
  • A minimum average of 50% must be achieved.
  • Basic writing skills are essential.
  • You must be proficient in the English language.
  • Computer skills as well as email and Internet access are required.
  • Use of Microsoft Word and the Track Changes function.
  • No previous tertiary qualification is required.
  • Access to a library or a bookshop.

Because you will work with an individual tutor, you can start your course as soon as your application has been approved. There are no specific start dates as would be the case with a traditional college.

An application is usually approved within one working day. Once we receive proof of payment, your can start your course.

You could be starting your course today!

The speed at which you work is entirely up to you. After studying the modules, the exercises at the end of each module should take about two to four hours to complete. A complete chapter could take much longer, depending on the speed at which you write.

Once your application has been approved, you will receive notification of approval as well as an invoice via email. As soon as we receive proof of payment, your first module will be sent to you, as well as your tutor’s email address and your login details. Your tutor will also be in touch to welcome you.

Any work created on our courses is owned by you. We will never make a claim to anything you produce. We follow the rule that copyright subsists with the creator (you).

‘Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children’s book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.’

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