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with Christine Pakkala


This introductory workshop is designed to provide an overview of writing books for children, from developing an idea into a story to finding an agent. Don’t know a thing about writing for children? By the end of this seminar, you will not only be outfitted with information, you’ll also have the tools you need to begin your own story for children.

In this class you can expect to learn: 

  • The difference between picture books, early readers, chapter books, middle grade, and young adult.
  • The elements of a scene.
  • The key ingredient that every story needs, no matter the genre or age.
  • You can also expect time for questions about writing for children, from turning an idea into a story and how long should your story be
  • How to find an agent and get published

Optional: Want an extra hour of one-on-one attention?

Christine will provide written feedback on either part of a manuscript OR a query letter for a total of an extra hour of consultation time. Please choose this option in the drop-down menu when purchasing this workshop. This extra time will be scheduled directly with the instructor.


Online via ZOOM (link will be sent the week of the first class)

7 Wednesdays

Sept. 11, 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

12:30-3pm  EST

Please Note:  WWW reserves the right to reduce the class time by 1/2 hour if enrollment is less than 5 students.


About the Instructor...

Christine Pakkala is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop MFA (Poetry) and the Vermont College of Fine Arts (MFA, Writing Books for Children and Young Adults). She was a Fulbright Scholar (1994) in Helsinki, Finland, where she translated modern Finnish poetry. She taught 7th and 9th grade English at Horace Mann and has published essays in Salon, BrainChild and Serendipity and is the 2013 winner of the Ladies Home Journal essay contest. She’s the author of Last-But-Not-Least Lola Going Green, which was the winner of the Santa Monica Public Library's Green Prize, and a novel for teens, Jasmine and Maddie, which was a VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocate) Top Shelf pick and a Bank Street Best Book.

Writing Books for Kids for Absolute Beginners with Christine Pakkala - O

SKU: C230f24-wed
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