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Creative Writing - Children’s Story Book Writing Diploma - CPD Certified

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Or £66.33/mo. for 3 months...
Study method
Online, self-paced
No formal qualification
20 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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Children's Story Writing Diploma - CPD Certified

Do you have a love for writing? Have you ever thought about obtaining a qualification in children’s Story Writing.

With the only CPD accredited children’s story writing course you can become qualified just like thousands of other people who have taken our courses. For a one-off fee you can study online and complete the course in about 20 hours.

The comprehensive syllabus is supported by experienced tutors who are there to help you through email.

With 13 modules to cover (full breakdown below), you can learn everything you need to know to write your first children’s story.

Your qualification will be recognised and can be checked for validity on our dedicated website. Get your creative side flowing and get your children’s writing Accreditation today.

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20 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

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Module 1

A Course on How to Write Children’s Books

We will be discussing the following important points:

  • What is it about writing children's books that appeals to you?
  • Clearing up the myth that writing for kids is easier than writing for adults
  • Some other common misconceptions about writing books for children
  • What does writing a children's book actually entail?
  • Plus much more...

Module 2

What you’ll need to Write Children’s Literature in regards to Tools and Personal Skills

In this module you will learn about:

  • Physical items you will need to start writing a book
  • Managing your time efficiently
  • Personal skills you need to succeed as a children’s writer
  • Skills you can develop in order to write children’s literature
  • Plus much more...

Module 3

Learn from the Best: Great Examples of What Other Children’s Writers do Well

This chapter will cover the following bullet points:

  • How to use other children's books in order to write your own
  • A look at some famous picture books aimed at younger readers
  • Excellent examples of first chapter books
  • Books aimed at teenagers and young adults
  • Plus much more...

Module 4

Selecting an Age Group Point of View: Who’s Telling the Story

In this chapter we will cover the following topics in detail:

  • The importance of writing for a particular age group
  • How to choose an age group
  • The most common age groupings used by publishers
  • The various point of view you can use to narrate your book
  • Plus much more...

Module 5

How to Get Started From Getting the First page Spot-on to Creating the Perfect Setting

In this chapter we will cover the following topics in detail:

  • The importance of the first page and first line
  • Examples of some great first lines in existing children's books
  • What you can do to make your first page stand out
  • What not to do in a first page
  • Plus much more...

Module 6

How to Build a Good Children’s Book Character

In this chapter we will cover the following topics in detail:

  • Why creating good characters is important
  • How to get ideas for characters
  • How characters will differ depending on your target age range
  • The qualities a character needs to be real and engaging
  • Plus much more...

Module 7

How to Plan a Perfect Plot

In this chapter about how to plan the perfect plot, we'll cover these points in more detail:

  • A definition of plot and why it is important
  • How to come up with plot ideas
  • The traditional plot structure
  • How to develop your plot ideas
  • Plus much more...

Module 8

How to Use Backstory Without Being Boring

In this chapter about how to use backstory, we will cover the following topics in more detail:

  • The definition of backstory
  • Why backstory is important in children's literature
  • What happens when backstory is employed incorrectly
  • When to use backstory and when to avoid it
  • Plus much more...

Module 9

How to Write Dialogue that makes your Story Flow

In this chapter we will discuss the following points in detail:

  • Why dialogue is important
  • The uses of dialogue
  • How to make your dialogue realistic
  • How to make your dialogue engaging
  • Plus much more...

Module 10

Advice on Improving Confidence and Sense of Purpose

In this chapter we will cover the following topics in more detail:

  • The problems that a writer will face
  • How to improve self-esteem and banish your critical inner voice
  • How to achieve your writing goals
  • How to overcome writer's block
  • Plus much more...

Module 11

Practical Writing Exercises

In this chapter, we will cover:

  • Why writing exercises are useful
  • Some writing exercises for different aspects of writing
  • Some writing exercise to prompt your writing if you need ideas
  • How blogging might help you as an emerging writer
  • Plus much more...

Module 12

Illustrating your Story and Working with Illustrators

In this chapter we will cover the following topics in more detail:

  • The power of illustration
  • The differing nature of illustration for different formats and age ranges
  • How to submit a picture book for publication to a conventional publishing house
  • How to choose and work with an illustrator
  • Plus much more...

Module 13

How to Deal with Publishers and Selling your Stories

In this chapter we will cover:

  • The importance of perfecting your manuscript before you submit it
  • How conventional publishing and self-publishing compare
  • The process of getting your book published with a publishing house
  • Whether you need a literary agent

Plus much more...

Who is this course for?

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.


Our Course is fully compatible with PC’s, Mac’s, Laptop, Tablet and Smartphone devices. Now more than ever people are using the internet while on the move so our course has been designed to be fully compatible on tablets and smartphones so you can access your course on wifi, 3G or 4G.

There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace.

All tests are online and are taken either during or after the course, these are included in the price.

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Dipti Patel asked:

It states (20 CPD points / hours) does this mean that the course is only available for the 20 hours?.


Hi Dipti, No, you have lifetime access to your course.

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Are all the modules included in the modules included in the [£12.00 price tag?


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