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Institute of Children's Literature Program

Charter Oak State College building

Credits Available with Dates Valid

  • Beyond the Basics: Creating and Selling Short Stories and Articles, June 1993 through June 2017: 6 credits, upper division level
  • Special Publishing Course, 1978 through Summer 2017: 3 credits, lower division level
  • Writing and Selling Children's Books, 1987 through June 2017: 6 credits, upper division level
  • Writing for Children and Teenagers, Summer 1989 through June 2017: 6 credits in Writing for Children and Teens, awarded at 5 credits, upper division level, in Creative Writing and 1 credit, upper division level, in Manuscript Marketing
  • Writing for Magazines, 1978 through June 2017: 3 credits, lower division level

Source of Records

Institute of Children's Literature; 93 Long Ridge Road; West Redding, CT 06896

About the Program

The Institute of Children's Literature was founded in 1969 by a group of writers and editors with the objective of offering the most complete and most personalized instruction available in creative writing and manuscript marketing for children's literature. A correspondence training program was developed which enables aspiring authors anywhere to participate (students from over 70 countries have been trained from their Connecticut headquarters). The operating premise of the program is to give beginners the benefits of a mentor's hard-won knowledge and experience and school them in the special skills necessary to succeed in the competitive field of publication.

Applying for the Credit

Have your training sponsor submit your transcript or record to the Registrar to apply for the credit.

Course Descriptions

Beyond the Basics: Creating and Selling Short Stories and Articles, June 1993 through June 2017: 6 credits, upper division level
An advanced level course for he student who has completed one basic course with the Institute and is recommended by the previous course instructor. The course teaches the development, writing, and revision of three articles and/or stories suitable for submission to current children's publications. The emphasis is on targeting writing to editorial needs- including advanced work in researching, planning, writing, self-editing, and creating submissions directed to meet editorial specifications of children's magazines.

Special Publishing Course, 1978 through Summer 2017: 3 credits, lower division level
This course is designed to guide the student in the planning, writing, and revision of at least one manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) suitable for submission to a current children's publication, The student defines personal writing goals and learns the basic techniques of writing fiction and non-fiction. Additionally, the student acquires skills to research magazines (for children through young adults) and target manuscripts to meet editorial guidelines. This is a shorter version of the course Writing for Children and Teenagers, which was assessed in March 1994.

Writing and Selling Children's Books, 1987 through June 2017: 6 credits, upper division level
This is an advanced level course for the student who has completed one basic course with The Institute and is recommended by the previous course instructor. The course guides the student through the process of defining personal writing goals, idea development, planning, writing, and revising a fiction or non-fiction book targeted to a specific readership (children through young adult). Students research editorial needs of the children's book market and submit submission materials and the book manuscript to a specific publisher.

Writing for Children and Teenagers, Summer 1989 through June 2017: 6 credits in Writing for Children and Teens, awarded at 5 credits, upper division level, in Creative Writing and 1 credit, upper division level, in Manuscript Marketing
This course is designed to teach students how to write and market children's stories, articles, and books. The student defines personal writing goals, learns techniques of good writing, develops the ability to direct writing to specific readers, and undertakes projects that match skill interests and editorial needs of publishers of material for children.

Writing for Magazines, 1978 through June 2017: 3 credits, lower division level
This course is designed to guide the student in the planning, writing, and revision of at least one manuscript (fiction or non-fiction) suitable for submission to a current children's publication. The student defines personal writing goals and learns the basic techniques of writing fiction and non-fiction. Additionally, the student acquires skills to research magazines (for children through young adults) and targets manuscripts to meet editorial guidelines. This is a shorter version of the course Writing for Children and Teenagers, which was assessed in March 1994. Students taking this course would not take the Special Public Course.