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Inspire the children you love with your stories!

If you enjoy creative writing, you will love the

Write for a Reason Academy

If you write/want to write novels for children/teens, and want to make them the best they can be, you will enjoy this ten week, step-by-step online course, wherever you are in the world.

Write for a Reason was set up by publisher Janet Wilson in response to requests for help from new writers. She has run courses before, but this is the most comprehensive to date, and will cover everything you need to write a successful novel for children/teens from a Christian perspective.

By the end of the course you will be buzzing with exciting ways to breathe life into your stories… PLUS you will have a complete story plan for your next novel!

If you are writing to share the good news of Jesus in some way, your novel will already be extra special, because it has eternal value, but the better written it is, the more children will read and enjoy it!

Isn’t that what we want?

In the parable of the talents, the servants who received the gifts had to put them to work… the servant who buried his talent was in trouble – don’t let that be you!

Most writers struggle on alone hoping (doubting?) their writing is good enough, but, as with any field of life, a little bit of training, support and encouragement can work wonders. Would someone called to be a counsellor start counselling without first getting some training?

  • Get some training to help you with your story structure!
  • Get confident in your ability to write!
  • Overcome the overwhelm!
  • Be the novelist you dream of being!
  • Inspire the children you love with your stories!

The next course will begin on 16th September.
Registration closes on 12th September.

Thank you for taking the time to educate those of us who feel we have a story just waiting to erupt from the depths of our souls.”~ Leilanie

This course is for you if you:

  • Are new (or new-ish) to writing novels for children/teens…
  • Or want to make a start.
  • Love creative writing.
  • Have a message to share.
  • Want to learn some new ideas to help make your stories the best they can be.
  • Are willing to put time in to learn your craft (around 3-4 hours a week over the next ten weeks)

This course is NOT for you if:

  • You are happy with your novel the way it is.
  • You can’t justify the expense right now.
  • You can’t make time to spend on a course.
  • You are familiar with everything we will be looking at in the course (see below)

“The course has come to an end all too soon. I thank God for you and may he keep this group of writers inspired and enabled in this work for His glory.” – Pam

Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

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Hello! My name is Janet Wilson. I’m a mum, grandma and founder of Dernier Publishing (we publish Christian books for children) and Write for a Reason.

In my role as a publisher, I have learnt a few things about great novels. I would love to pass on my knowledge to you, to encourage and equip you make your stories the very best they can be.

I am a Christian, and this course reflects that, but whatever your beliefs, you will find plenty to help you in your own writing journey.

When you sign up for this course, you will gain IMMEDIATE access to the pre-course runway, which I’ve designed to help you get ready for the weeks ahead (including some fun writing prompts!).

I hope you will join me in the Write for a Reason Academy. I would count it a privilege to help you in the next step of your writing journey.

In this course you will learn everything you need to write a successful novel for children/teens.

The Pre-Course Runway
Purpose: To get ready for the weeks ahead.

Module One: Reaching Your Target Audience
Purpose: To know who you are writing for, and get to know their world.

Module Two: Creating Your Protagonist
Purpose: To create a protagonist (main character) your readers will love and be inspired by.

Module Three: Creating Secondary Characters
Purpose: To create engaging secondary characters.

Module Four: A Look at Narrative Voice
Purpose: To consider all the options and choose your narrative voice for your next story.

Module Five: Weaving in Your Theme
Purpose: To know what your theme is, and how to make your “message” work in the context of your story.

Reading Week

Module Six: Creating the Perfect Setting
Purpose: To choose a great setting for your story, and build your fictional world.

Module Seven: Gripping Beginnings
Purpose: To have a gripping beginning for your story, to draw your readers in.

Module Eight: Satisfying Endings
Purpose: To work out a satisfactory conclusion for your story, that you readers will love.

Module Nine: Conflicts and Resolutions
Purpose: Work out all the terrible things that are going to happen to your characters between your beginning and ending.

Module Ten: Your Complete Story Plan
Purpose: To have a complete story plan in your hands, ready to begin writing your novel in full.

N.B. Each module will include a mixture of teaching and practical assignments. And they’re fun! Yay!

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It’s time to invest in your writing!
Click HERE to join the course.

Write for a Reason Academy

Cost: £295.00

  • Ten teaching modules
  • Writing exercises and assignments
  • Membership in a closed Facebook group
  • Janet will visit the facebook group, to discuss the material and answer questions

Monthly Payment Package:

£49.00 x 6

  • All the course material is the same, whether you choose the ‘monthly pay’ or ‘pay full price now’ option
  • The choice is yours!

Let’s begin!

Come on in and join us!


If you start the Write for a Reason Academy and find it’s not for you by the end of Module Three (as long as you have had a go at the set assignments), let me know, and I will refund your course fees in full. “How can they put their trust in Him if they have not heard of Him? And how can they hear of Him unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14 (NLV) 

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21 thoughts on “Writing Courses

  • 17th August 2014 at 4:45 pm

    Hello. I was sent this link from Julie Carville and am very interested in taking part in the course. I am currently entering the last month of a five month sabbatical which has focused on a series of Children’s books called ‘Wunderland’ God has been planting in me for some time. My query is how much time is required for the course over the seven weeks as I have a delicate balancing act between very busy parish ministry and building on the preparation of the sabbatical?. I share your passion for good Christian literature for children and young adults. ‘Wunderland’ is aimed at the 6-9 age group and will (DV) grow with them into their mid teens. I look forward to hearing from you and thanks for your passion. Yours faithfully,
    Baden Stanley.

    • 18th August 2014 at 8:31 am

      Dear Baden Stanley, thank you for your query – delighted to hear from you and hear of your shared interest in reaching children with the good news through story. To make the most from the course I am suggesting to participants a minimum of three to four hours study per week. I do hope that will fit into your busy schedule. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. 🙂 Every blessing, Janet.

  • 18th August 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Thanks Janet for your quick reply. I will register as soon as I can. Really looking forward to it. God bless. Baden

    • 19th August 2014 at 10:16 am

      Hello Baden, I’m delighted you will be joining us 🙂

  • 21st August 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Hello Janet I too am coming through Julie Carvill and have a question – will the tutorials be at a specific time or posted online so we can access when we have the time?

    • 22nd August 2014 at 10:58 am

      Hi Cliodhna, good question, I should add this into the FAQs – thank you for bringing this up. The new module will arrive every Monday via email as pdfs, so you can keep them on a computer, print them, or transfer them to any mobile device as you wish. Hope that helps!

  • 1st September 2014 at 6:57 pm

    Hi Janet
    Hope you are well
    I was wondering of there were still places on your writing course??
    Many Thanks

    • 3rd September 2014 at 8:10 am

      Yes, it would be great to have you on the course! I understand there may be a problem with the Paypal button so I will try to sort that today – gulp! – in the meantime, I will add your name to the subscriber list and let you know when all is sorted. Delighted you will be joining us!

  • 1st September 2014 at 8:44 pm

    Hi Janet. It may be that i am a techno-dinosaur but I am not able to pay for the course online. Is it possible to pay by credit card over the phone or is there an idiot’s guide to paying online. Thanks. Baden

    • 3rd September 2014 at 8:14 am

      Oh dear, I will look into the paypal pay button and get back to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, I will add your name to our subscriber list, so be assured you are on the course, and we can sort payment in due course. Really pleased you will be joining us!

    • 3rd September 2014 at 10:20 am

      Apologies for the technical issue. I have reset the PayPal button and on testing it now appears to be working correctly. Please do let me know if you have a further problem. Many thanks, Janet

    • 8th September 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you for booking; it’s great to have you Catrina. I hope you received the Introduction and First Module safely. May the Lord bless you on your writing journey!

  • 2nd June 2015 at 6:31 pm

    Please add my name to the subscriber list.is there no way of paying by cheque to the address..I do want to do the full course.

    • 3rd June 2015 at 8:43 am

      Dear Waveney, we don’t offer the option of paying by cheque on the website, as the course is open to people from any country in the world and it could become complicated! Looking forward to having you on the course!

  • 2nd June 2015 at 6:47 pm

    I think my comment went astray I want to do the full course . Can I pay by cheque?

    • 3rd June 2015 at 8:41 am

      Hello Waveney, I have replied to you by email, but yes, that’s absolutely fine, as long as you live in the UK. Delighted that you are going to join us next month!

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