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Write a Children's Book - Part 2


This follow-on course from Writing Books for Children (Part One) will provide the tools and support you need to complete your chapter book for 8-to12-year-olds.


On this course, find out they key tools required to complete, edit and polish a book for children. You'll also receive insider secrets to getting published in this challenging market. Furthermore, with the help of an award-winning writer as your tutor, you will finish your manuscript of up to 20 000 words.



“Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children's book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.”

Lyn McNamee, Write a Children’s Book Course



Course Details:


Students must complete:


Admission Requirements:

  • Modules: 3 Modules
  • Duration: Course can be completed at own pace within 6 months
  • Start date: At any time; applications all year round
  • Complete a manuscript of 10 000 to 20 000 words
  • Complete a book synopsis
  • Complete a book proposal
  • Student Feedback
  • Must have successfully completed the 'Writing Books for Children - Part One' Course


Skype option There is a skype session option available for this course the end of the course. More...


Tutor for this course:

Helen Brain Creative Writing Tutor Helen Brain is the author of over 50 books for children, and has contributed stories and plays to numerous school anthologies. Her teen novel, Tamara, won an ATKV award. She has also published short stories for adults, and her highly acclaimed memoir, Here Be Lions, was published by Oshun Publishers in 2006.

Helen also tutors the Basics of Creative Writing and the Advanced Creative Writing courses.

More about Helen here >


Course Curriculum

Module 1 - Using the Most Important Test, and Editing

  • Looking at editing techniques
  • How to edit your own work
  • Common errors
  • Tightening the text
  • Text Installment

Module 2 - Submitting to a Publisher

  • Finding the right publisher for your story
  • Choosing a title
  • How to write a covering letter, and a synopsis of your story
  • Text Installment

Module 3 - The Writing Life and Writing Trends

  • e-books, e-book publishers and self-publishing
  • The importance of starting a blog
  • The lifestyle of the working writer
  • Opportunities and challenges in the world of writing
  • Text Installments




“Completing the course with the Writers’ College has been a positive and helpful experience. I learnt a great deal about Writing a Children’s Book and it was great to be given thoughtful feedback on my writing. Helen helped me cut to the chase and get my story moving. Overall it was a valuable experience.”

Sacha Cotter, Write a Children’s Book Course





How does the course work?


The course consists of three modules. A module is e-mailed to students. At the end of each module, students will be required to submit a substantial text installment that is part of their manuscript

Once the text installment has been completed and e-mailed to the tutor, feedback will be sent to the student, and the module will be considered complete. The next module will then be e-mailed to the student.


Conditions of Certification:


Students will receive an SA Writers College Certificate upon successful completion of the course, provided they meet the following conditions:

  • Students must have completed all of the writing assignments.
  • The course must have been completed within six months of registration.
  • Students are expected to attain a minimum average of 50% for the course.

Minimum Estimated Time Commitment:

The speed at which you work is entirely up to you. After studying the modules, the exercises at the end of each module should take between two and four hours to complete. A completed chapter could take much longer, depending on the speed at which you write.

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If you need some advice about the best course or writing field for you, drop us a line or give Koos a call at 021 813 9224. We can tell you about going rates in the field, chance of publishing success and general writing career options both in South Africa and internationally.

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Feedback on this course from past students


“Completing the course with the Writers’ College has been a positive and helpful experience. I learnt a great deal about Writing a Children’s Book and it was great to be given thoughtful feedback on my writing. Helen helped me cut to the chase and get my story moving. Overall it was a valuable experience.” Sacha Cotter, Write a Children’s Book Course

“The course was wonderful. I learnt so much, and I’m sure I can put all these new-found skills to great use. Many of the skills I developed can be applied to writing, not just for children but for teenagers or adults too, and therefore are a very valuable asset to have! It was hard work at times, but definitely worth the effort. My tutor was fantastic. She really pushed me to be better, and I appreciated that she was honest about what needed changing, but supportive enough that I wasn’t crushed by criticism. She was directive and helpful, but always made sure that I was the one putting in the effort, so that I could develop better writing skills under my own steam. With her help I feel like I have developed, bigger “writing muscles” and more confidence. Thanks Helen! I now have a finished manuscript that I’m very happy with. It was a fantastic experience,  I recommend it to anyone who is even considering it – worth every penny!” Jessica Harvey, Write a Children’s Book Course

“When I started the course, my goal was to begin a book and see it through to the end. My vague knowledge of how to do this was clarified by the course notes, but it was the step-by-step process of actually writing a book, and the feedback from my tutor, that I found most valuable. I would never have completed my book without Helen's guidance. She was forthright and challenging; her input insightful. Whenever I felt that my story wasn't good enough - or that I wasn't a good enough writer, she was there to pound me back into shape. Essentially, Helen provided me with the self-confidence to see a story through to its end... and more importantly, the courage to start the next one. I am halfway through my new book and I have Helen to thank for it. Overall, I would describe my experience with the College as absolutely brilliant. I loved the back-and-forth process of feedback and rewriting. I am a MUCH better writer for it. I would do it again in a heartbeat. Thanks!” Michelle Randall, Write a Children's Book Course

“I found the course informative and challenging. I enjoyed writing but I went through a moment of feeling uncertain as to how to continue. I told my tutor Helen and she gave me good advice; I could then enjoy my writing again and creativity flowed easily. I might go over my course material again and see what other stories come to me now. Helen was very prompt and helpful. I felt at ease discussing topics with her. She has a wealth of knowledge I'm sure I have barely tapped into. Overall, I would describe the course as being very tough but rewarding.” Michelle Beater, Write a Children’s Book Course

“My experience with the course was invaluable. I learnt so much. The course content and assignments have made me a much stronger writer. My tutor Helen was amazing, incredibly inspiring and insightful. She gave me a different perspective on writing and my final manuscript wouldn't have been half as strong if it wasn't for her; I owe her a lot. The Writers' College is professional, credible and well worthwhile. The course absolutely met all of my objectives and more! It has made me a much more critical, thorough and refined writer and it has motivated me to reach my writing goals.” Lauri Thorburn, Write a Children's Book Course

“The course has given me more confidence in my writing and in my ability to understand children's literature in depth. The Writers' College has allowed me to see the potential I have in writing. I have gained so much insight. I am now determined to complete my manuscript.” Surani Ramachandra, Write a Children's Book Course

“Overall, I would describe the course as fantastic. The most useful part was the feedback I received from Helen. I knew most of the content but the application of it to my own children's book was what I needed help with. Helen was so helpful; I feel like she became a friend and mentor on the journey.” Lyn McNamee, Write a Children’s Book Course

“I am so excited to reach the end of my novel - something I never thought would happen. I now have a polished story that I am happy with. Even if it never brings me in a cent, it proves I can do it, I can finish a book. The prospect of starting the next one doesn't feel so onerous now. The course was well worth the money; it was wonderful to have someone looking over my shoulder while I wrote, to gently shift me in the right direction with the lightest touch and keep me focused on the story. Helen gave perfect advice - everything she said was pitched to push me further, make me think and drive me to write better. I have her voice in my head while I'm writing now and it's helping to make my stories come alive - deep and grateful thanks. The Writers' College has a professional, personal approach that will extend any writer at any stage of their career.” Irene Hamer, Write a Children's Book Course

“Writing a book seemed overwhelming but with the proper material and guidance from a tutor, the process was a lot less stressful than I anticipated. It was highly enjoyable and I have learnt valuable skills. Helen became more of a mentor and she went out of her way to help me. She was very encouraging and patient, she gave me the opportunity to explore my creative side. I looked forward to receiving each new module. I feel more confident in my writing skills thanks to Helen's guidance. The course exceeded my expectations, it was a fantastic experience. I recommend SA Writers' College to budding writers.” Samantha Carroll, Write a Children’s Book Course

"The course material was well designed, being challenging and yet interesting. It was a full satisfying course. Helen is very incisive in her evaluations, and assessments. She knew exactly when to put on the pressure or when to compliment. She turned my manuscript into a seamless story, honed and ready to print. It's a shame she won't be looking over my shoulder for the next one. An excellent, professional course that I would promote." Fred Robertson, Write a Children’s Book Course

“It is brilliant that at the end of the course you have a completed manuscript. Helen Brain is excellent; she is an expert in her subject matter and gives constructive feedback. It was an absolute pleasure working with her.” Renata Dry, Write a Children’s Book Course

“I found the course very relevant. It made the daunting task of completing a manuscript very approachable, moving in logical, achievable steps from beginning to middle and end. I found Helen’s feedback to be extremely relevant and useful. Though she didn’t tell me what to write, she steered me on the right path, always making sure I remembered who my audience was and that I had all the correct elements to keep a child reading, from a workable plot to good dialogue, valuable description and setting, and language at the correct level.” Hayley Leibowitz, Write a Children’s Book Course

"I thoroughly enjoyed doing the course with Helen Brain. She is an extremely good teacher and mentor. It was fun and I still intend to do the other courses you offer in Scriptwriting and Adult novel writing - but I need to save for them first." Fern Yates, Write a Children's Book Course


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