Professional Children's Writing


Course Information

The Professional Children's Writing course will teach you how to be a better writer, how to write for the different children's book genres and age groups, and how to market your stories so that editors will publish them.

One of the best things about this course is that it was initially developed for Australian College by one of Australia's most successful children's authors, Margaret Clarke.


Australian College provides you with a range of payment plan options. You can pay upfront, pay by instalment or completely customise your own payment plan here.

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Entry Requirements
  • Access to a computer with word processing, PDF reader capabilities and an internet connection
  • A good command of written English
  • Ability to allocate appropriate study hours per week

If you have these essential requirements then you can get started immediately.

When you successfully complete your course you will be awarded the Australian College Diploma of Professional Writing (Children's Writing and Publishing).

Qualification Pathways
  • Complete the required training and the assessment requirements
  • Apply for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
  • Apply for Recognition of Current Competency (RCC)
  • Apply for Credit Transfer (CrT)
Career Opportunities

Children's Fiction Writer, Children's Non-Fiction Writer, Children's Picture Book Writer, Children's Chapter Book Writer, Children's Short Story Writer.

Course Summary
Course Code:
Delivery Mode:
Online and Flexible delivery
Assessments may vary according to each subject, but may include one or more of the following:
  • Short answers questionnaires
  • Written tasks/Written essays
  • Multiple choice/true or false questions
  • Scenario-based case studies, practical projects with product or software, documents or diagrams.
Qualification Gained:
Diploma of Professional Writing (Children's Writing and Publishing)
Nationally Recognised:
National Code:
Awarded By:
Australian College
What Our Students Say

"I thoroughly enjoyed doing the Children's Writing course and this knowledge can be used to help me follow my passion. Any problem was sorted out immediately and emails were responded to quickly. The tutor's remarks were always so encouraging and positive which really boosted my confidence. Thank you to everybody at Australian College."

Kerrie Uren, 6th August 2013

"I really enjoyed this course overall. The course was extremely helpful and the course material was highly engaging and informative. I have learnt so much, and been given a lot of practical knowledge that is already helping me achieve my dream of becoming a published author."

Sally Balhorn, 4th February 2014

"The Australian College tutors were very helpful and inspiring. Coming from various backgrounds, they offered industry relevant information, trends, and ideas 'outside the box' at a level of which I would otherwise not have had access.

They helped me to focus on the individual topics through the assignments and extract the most out of the course, making it directly relevant to the industry."

Marnie Bernard, 7th December 2013

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Subject Descriptions

Unit 1 - Foundations of Children’s Writing
Reading 1 - So You Want to Write for Children
Welcome to the world of writing for children
Children's writing and you
Genres in children’s writing
Viewpoints you can use
Understanding your goals
Reading 2 - Getting Ideas for Stories
What can I write about?
Organise your ideas
What is your story about?
Establish the setting
Reading 3 - Writing Picture Books
Why write a picture book?
Putting together a picture book
Choosing a great topic
Keys to a successful picture book
Words still matter!
Pictures and more
Check list for your story
Presenting your manuscript to the publisher
Reading 4 - Writing Chapter Books
Who are your readers?
What are chapter books?
Subject matter for chapter books and children's novels
Beginnings, middles and ends
Writing a story for children -checklist
Unit 2 - Creating and Writing
Reading 1 - Creating Living Characters
The main character
The other characters
Writing dialogue
Some more tips
Reading 2 - Writing Fun Non-Fiction for Children
Getting started
Non-fiction picture books for emergent readers
How to overcome writer's block
Reading 3 - Genre Writing and Teen Fictions
What is genre
Teenage fiction
Make them laugh
Other genres
Developing your own writing style
Reading 4 - Writing for an Education Market
What is educational publishing?
Is writing educational texts for you?
Publishing specifications
Unit 3 - Children's Writing Industry
Reading 1 - Manuscript Editing
What is editing?
Attention to detail
Valuable feedback
Laying out your manuscript
Reading 2 - Getting Published
The first steps
How to find your publisher
Proposals or manuscripts?
Do you need an agent?
Formatting your manuscript
Reading 3 - Books, Contract and Payment
After rejection comes acceptance
Should you make writing your career?
Reading 4 - Promoting your Children's Book
Marketing your work
Grants, awards and other ways to earn a living
Meet other writers
Get organised
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