Writing for Kids: Entering the World of Children’s Literature

with Amanda Hosch

writing for kids

If you want to write for children, start here!

The Children’s Literature audience runs the gamut, from ages 0 to 18, from babies and their caregivers to emerging readers to (almost) adults. In this half-day webinar, you’ll get a clear overview of Kid Lit today.

You’ll understand the different categories (picture book, chapter book, middle grade, young adult, and more). You’ll learn where your own work belongs in the Kid Lit landscape, and you’ll gain practical building blocks needed to craft stories that kids can’t stop reading.

The writing exercises will reveal your story’s heart, helping to propel the plot forward. At the end, there will be a substantial Q&A session to discuss individual issues, and to clear up any nagging questions—from “Does my picture book have too many words?” to “Why does it seem that all YA protagonists are 17?”

Come ready to dig deep into your main character’s innermost desires. If you haven’t started writing yet, don’t worry: we’ll play with ideas to spark your imagination. Ask questions, share your thoughts and your writing, and be ready to take your insights into the next step of your writing journey.

Learning and Writing Goals

Learning Goals

In the workshop, you will learn:

  • The different categories in Kid Lit
  • Where your story would work best
  • How to write compelling characters
  • What you need to hook a young reader from the first page
  • How to structure an engaging middle section
  • What a makes a satisfying yet surprising ending

Writing Goals

In the workshop, you will write:

  • A passage that reveals your main character’s “want,” which is what they believe they must have in order to be happy.
  • A passage that reveals your main character’s “need,” which is what they actually must accomplish in order to be successful in their personal journey.
  • These guided writing exercises will work for any level, from picture books to young adult, and everything in between.
  • These exercises will clarify your work-in-progress or spark a new story.

Webinar Schedule

This workshop meets from 7-9:30 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time. It includes the following:

  • 20 minutes: Overview of Kid Lit Today: Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult
  • 20 minutes: Building Blocks of Captivating Characters
  • 20 minutes: Guided writing session with option to share
  • 30 minutes: Compelling Openings, Fast-Paced Middles, and Unforgettable Endings
  • 20 minutes: Guided writing session with option to share
  • 10 minutes: Avoiding common pitfalls when writing for children
  • 30 minutes: Questions and Answers

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Student Feedback for Amanda Hosch:

I took Amanda’s class “Turn the Page: How to Engage Young Readers” and I cannot recommend her highly enough. I’ve read countless craft books and attended many writing classes/workshops, and I still came away with new knowledge. Amanda is an engaging and entertaining speaker who really knows her stuff. She breaks big concepts down into actionable pieces. I left the class excited to jump into editing my story and I look forward to taking more classes from her in the future. Kristin Thorsness

I had a great time and felt that I learned a lot. It was really fun and engaging, and I enjoyed the quick, ten minute writing and sharing sessions. Overall, I can confidently say that I would take this class again. Amanda was very fun! Zola Northup

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Amanda Hosch loves writing, travel, and coffee. She lived abroad for almost a decade, teaching English as a Foreign Language. She is the author of MABEL OPAL PEAR AND THE RULES FOR SPYING (Capstone Young Readers). A fifth generation New Orleanian, Amanda now lives in Seattle with her family, two rescue cats, and a ghost cat. Currently, she writes copy for tech companies and volunteers with refugees learning English and studying for citizenship.