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Get ready to transform your writing in ten weeks with this online course, wherever you are in the world.
It’s time for you to become the novelist you dream of being and inspire children with your stories!
Write for a Reason was set up by publisher Janet Wilson to help new writers with training, support and encouragement. 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!
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!
“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.”
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.
“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
Let me introduce myself: 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 help 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 the Write for a Reason Academy, you will gain IMMEDIATE access to the pre-course runway, which I’ve designed to help you get ready for the weeks ahead (this includes some fun writing prompts!). The teaching modules will then be released to you week by week.
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, and come out with a complete story plan.
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.
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 work on 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!
It’s time to use your gift and invest in your writing!
You will have access to:
- Ten teaching modules, including 40 lessons
- Writing exercises and assignments
- Loads of encouragement!
“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)
“I have really enjoyed the course and learned so much. I know I have much to think about and to practice.
You have taught me so much and been always a great encourager, thank you.
You’ve never made me feel like it’s too late or that I’m to old or not good enough.
Instead, I have felt hopeful and excited. I want to keep writing and honour the Lord with what I believe he’s put in my heart.
I’m going to write [my book]. Not sure how it will turn out but if I don’t try I’ll never know.” – Juliet
As St. Julie has said, ‘ better mistakes than paralysis, it’s your choice ‘.” – Juliet
Copyright Janet Wilson