Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The ABCs of Writing for Children

I Wanna New RoomHave you always wanted to write for children? It's important for aspiring writers and anyone interested in learning the nuts and bolts of children's publishing to be on the hunt for a class or workshop that will get you started and headed in the right direction because, believe me, there is A LOT to learn!

Well, just the class is being offered in Millbrook, NY called The ABCs of Writing for Children and it's headed up by two very successful children's authors, Karen Kaufman Orloff and Della Ross Ferreri.

The six-week class will start April 5th and meet Tuesday afternoons, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Merritt Bookstore, Front Street, Millbrook.

Class will cover:

•       How to get ideas
•       How to structure a story
•       Writing in different genres, including rhyme
•       Creating great characters
•       First drafts and re-writing
•       Writing effective query letters
•       Submitting to publishers

In addition, there will be:

•       Manuscript critiques
•       In-class writing exercises
•       Ample Q & A time

About Your Instructors -
I Wanna IguanaKaren Kaufman Orloff, author of I Wanna IguanaIf Mom Had Three Arms  and The Little Book of Baby Names, as well as her latest I Wanna New Room and the forthcoming Talk, Oscar, Please!  Karen, an ex-editor, also writes a weekly column on family life for "The Poughkeepsie Journal" and has had many articles published in parenting magazines.

How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed?Della Ross Ferreri, author of How Will I Ever Sleep in This Bed? and  Star of the Show, as well as two easy-readers, Hey! You're Eating My Homework and Early Reader: Picnic on the Sidewalk. Della has also been published in numerous children's magazines.

Karen and Della are members of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and are co-coordinators for the Eastern NY division's June conference.

Class fee - $150 for the 6-week session.
--Small, intimate class setting. Informal atmosphere.
Dates:  April 5, April 12, (skipping April 19), April 26, May 3, May 10,
May 17


For more information, contact Karen Orloff (

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