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Writing for Children Workshop Series

Have you always wanted to write for children? Our introductory courses taught by some of New York's most prominent members of the children's literature world will help you get started!

  • Writing for Children I: Writing Your First Children's Book
    Course Number: TEWS598N 

    So you want to write a children's book! This workshop will give you the boost you've been waiting for, and get you started on that picture book, novel, or young reader, once and for all. In this friendly, supportive environment, class discussions will focus on all aspects of good story telling and good writing, including tone of voice, clear dialogue, characters who feel real, and beautiful language. The focus is on the exciting process of finding your voice and writing not just a story, but one that really means something to you. Teachers will gain a better understanding of the writing process so that they, in turn, can help their students find pleasure in crafting their stories. Everyone who takes this course will come away with new insights about the beautiful power of storytelling, and why children's books will always count. Instructor: Amy Hest

    Spring 2018 (7 sessions)
    Mondays and Thursdays, 5:00 - 7:30pm 
    No credit $460 (not offered for credit, CTLE or CEU) 
    Registration Deadline: TBA (Registration is limited. Early registration is suggested)

  • Writing for Children II: Developing Your Manuscript

    Course Number: TEWS807N

    Now that you've found your voice and your story, this is the workshop to help serious writers refine your manuscript. We recommend taking WFC I: Writing Your First Children's Book (offered in January and July) prior to this workshop, but it's not required. Instructor: Amy Hest

    October 23 – November 13, 2017
    Mondays, 5:15 - 7:15 pm
    $350 (not offered for credit, CEU or CTLE hours)
    Registration Deadline: 10/16

  • Writing for Children III: Publishing 101

    Course Number: TEWS808N 

    So you’ve got a manuscript you’re happy with – now what? This online class will take you through the whole process from creation to post-publication. You’ll learn the basics about queries, agents, and the editorial process as well as how to find likeminded writers and promote yourself and your work. Most importantly: you’ll learn what to and what not to do! Instructor: Sharyn November

    Online Synchronous Meetings: November 1, 8, and 15
    Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:30pm
    $375 (not offered for credit, CEU or CTLE hours)
    Registration deadline: 10/25

  • Introduction to Illustration
    Spring 2018
    More details coming soon.

    Instructor: Stephen Savage
    Course Number: TEWS809N
  • The Writer's Lab for Unpublished Authors

    Course Number: TEWS810N 

    We are offering this lab for a small group of committed writers who enjoy the writing process and want to come together each month to share their works in progress and receive feedback from other committed writers. This is a safe, supportive place to try out what you've been working on independently in a facilitated workshop. Occasional guest speakers from the publishing world will join the group to discuss different aspects of writing, such as writing from an illustrator's perspective or to provide personal viewpoints on the writer's experience. Instructor: Amy Hest

    Prerequisite: WFC I or II or submit a manuscript in progress. Inquiries and manuscripts should be emailed to by November 1, 2017. Space will be limited to 15 people. Individuals who submit a manuscript (or who took WFC I or II) will be notified of acceptance on November 1st. Manuscripts or inquiries received between October 15 and November 1st, will be notified by November 15th, 2017.

    January - June, 2018
    Once monthly meetings TBD for updates


Amy HestAmy Hest is the author of almost 50 books for children of all ages, including In the Rain with Baby Duck (winner of the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award), When Jessie Came Across the Sea (Christopher Award Winner), and Kiss Good Night (a New York Times best seller and Christopher Award Winner.) Hest's focus is on family relationships and she wants you to know that everything she writes is personal! Ms. Hest has an MA of Library Science from C.W. Post College and a BA from Hunter College.

Sharyn November is an editor, marketer, idea-generator, and problem-solver. For many years, she was senior editor at Viking Children’s Books and the Editorial Director of Firebird Books, where her authors included Laurie Halse Anderson, John Barnes, Sarah Dessen, Diana Wynne Jones, Ellen Klages, and Nnedi Okorafor. You can find her at, as well as

Stephen Savage, bio to follow.