Coming Courses on Writing Children’s Books

In addition to my current courses on writing books for children, I am pleased to announce the following courses on writing children’s books.



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In a studio when I’m recording a video lecture, the primary audience is the tiny blue or red light that goes on when the camera is rolling. By writing a book as I teach each course, I find the enthusiasm that I normally obtain from an audience.

You actually get to watch me write the first draft of a book that parents, parents and pre-school teachers will  want to read to a child.

Each course that you take will build your skill sets in a different way, and each course will empower you to write a super-high-quality first draft of a children’s picture book. If a child takes the course with you, they will also be empowered. Children who write a book, or books, feel a strong sense of pride, particularly when other children tell them, “I like your book!” As a result, many of the children who take this course will develop a love of reading and writing. This will serve each child well for their entire life.

The following courses, will supplement my existing courses.

Write a Book Like,”The Monster on Top of the Bed “– I show each student how to write a book based on their own by using the “ice-cream-parlor delicious,” artwork of Manuela Pentangelo, the illustrator for The Monster on Top of the Bed.They do this by writing their stories directly on top of the background artwork. I do this by providing an e-book that they can print out and use to write and refine their stories. When they are ready, they can purchase a paperback edition of the book so that they enjoy reading their story from a professionally printed book. The course will be available soon.  Check out the book.

Write a Book Like, “How Can I Be Me?” – A turtle discovers how to be a painter by collaborating with another artist. Each student is challenged to discover an important value that they want to share with others.

Write a Book Like, “Poems Bon ased Museum Art” ­– We take a web-based tour of artwork that is on display in some of the world’s greatest museums. At each stop on the tour, we write a poem. Each student is challenged to write their own book, one poem at a time.  The course is scheduled for 2017. I am seeking a teacher who likes to use tools like Google Hangouts for collaboration.

Write a Book Like, ” Poems ala Shel Silverstein” – I write a book of poems inspired by the poems of Shel Silverstein’s A Light in the Attic. The course is scheduled for 2017. Download a poem that is used in the course.

Write a Book Like, “Ant on a Rant” – A story inspired by the techniques that Dr. Suess used in Cat in the Hat. The course is scheduled for 2017. I am seeking a teacher who likes to use tools like Google Hangouts for collaboration.

Write a Book Like, “A Tale of Two Hamsters” – Readers discover the inherent worth and value of each person and pet when they learn about Houdini and Suzy, two hamsters who made a huge difference in the lives of the people who loved them. The course will be available soon.

Write a Book Like, “This Big Light of Mine” – A beloved hymn, This Little Light of Mine, serves as the inspiration for a story that encourages children to believe that they can make a difference in the world. The course will be available soon.

Write a Book Like, “The Fun Closet – Inspired by the movie Monsters, Inc., I write a book about the fun that emanates from a closet every time that it is opened. The course will be available soon.

Write a Book Like, “You are A Hero / I am a Hero” – In this book, we learn how to draw inspiration for a book from a PowerPoint theme that is available to tens of thousands of people. The course will be available soon.

Write a Book Like, “Just Ducky”– Based on pictures taken of a duck pond we develop a story that children will want to hear night after night as a bedtime story. The course is scheduled for 2017. I am seeking a teacher who likes to use tools like Google Hangouts for collaboration.

By taking these courses, you’ll avoid making many common mistakes.  (Ironically, you won’t know what mistakes you avoided–you’ll just know that you wrote an interesting book.)

You may take these courses alone, or with a child. Children should be between 5-12 with a helper (parent, teacher, grandparent, aunt, uncle, older sister, etc.).  Ages 13 and up do not need a helper.

In these courses, you’ll discover some things that will make it much easier to write.  Some of these things will seem so simple, and they are, but it was really hard for me to learn them by reading other books.

The courses have a better-than-money-back guarantee. In addition to a 30-day trial period, you may ask questions, and get answers.

When you finish this course, you will have everything you need to write a great first draft of the words for a picture book.  Enjoy.

Courses on Writing Books: Short, Interesting, Learn by Example

Picture books like Green Eggs and Ham and The Monster on Top of the Bed can shape children's mind, bodies and souls.

   Some of the picture books by accomplished authors like Dr. Suess, Watty Piper and Eric Carle and Alan H. Jordan that are explored in the courses.

Do you feel that you might want to write a children’s book, or help a child write one?

If so, you’ll enjoy a series of video-based courses where you can learn-by-example. You can also ask questions and get answers.

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In each course you get to watch me write the first draft of a book that parents, parents and pre-school teachers will  want to read to a child.

Each course that you take will build your skill sets in a different way, and each course will empower you to write a super-high-quality first draft of a children’s picture book. If a child takes the course with you, they will also be empowered. Children who write a book, or books, feel a strong sense of pride, particularly when other children tell them, “I like your book!” As a result, many of the children who take this course will develop a love of reading and writing. This will serve each child well for their entire life. 

Here are the first three courses:

1. Write a book for a baby like “When You Look at Me What do You See?”

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Discover how to write a book that’ meant to be read to a baby. This book consists of only 12 sentences, but they are the right twelve sentences.

Check out the course to view video excerpts.

2. Write a book for elementary school children, like “Trouble in Funland School”

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 I use a series of very interesting pictures as the inspiration for writing a story about a school where toys learn how to be fun when children play with them.  Check out the course to view some of the lessons.

3. Write a book of fun poems like “Poems by Pets”

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 Discover how to write poems that from the point-of-view of pets and stuffed animals. Not only are these poems enjoyable to write, but you begin to develop a skill set that vexes many fiction authors: How to avoid head hopping. Check out the course to watch examples videos.

I have fun teaching these courses, and you will have fun taking them. I often wear interesting hats. It just makes it more fun.

 

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Course Features

 

Quizzes

To build confidence and self-esteem, I’ve built a series of special quizzes that are designed to reinforce knowledge gleaned, and instill self-confidence in my students.

An example of a quiz that encourages students to learn.

An example of a quiz that encourages students to learn.

Downloadable Notes

There are also some great-looking sets of notes. Often, the notes that I give out use excerpts from the videos.  That makes it easy to recall what children have learned.

 

 

 

 

Dog Inspires 12 On-Line Courses

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Golden Retriever Inspires 12 Courses on Writing Books and Poetry

I took a photograph of a golden retriever when I was vacationing on the big island of Hawaii.  I enlarged this picture because I liked it so much. I would look at it and imagine what was going on in the dog, who I thought of as “Holly Dog,” even though I have no idea of his or her name.

A couple of years later, I needed to teach a class on how to write poetry to students at Grassroots Books, Reno, Nevada.  It is part of a series of talks that are presented by authors.

Grassroots books web header announces that Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, and many other New York Times Best Sellers will be teaching a class at the same bookstore where Alan H. Jordan taught a class on writing poetry for children.

Grassroots books web header announces that Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, and many other New York Times Best Sellers will be teaching a class at the same bookstore where Alan H. Jordan taught a class on writing poetry for children.

It turned out that I went to the Grassroots Books site today, and Ellen Hopkins, author of Crank, Perfect, Tricks and many New York Times bestsellers is speaking next Tuesday. I recommend that you goif you can. Ellen is a fellow member of the Society of Children’s Bookwriters and Illustrations—an organization that I strongly recommend joining to anyone who is serious about writing.

I asked myself, “What would make the class fun, and the answer came back, “Suppose you took a laptop computer into the story and showed them a website.  Suppose the children saw some of my favorite pictures, and I asked them to write a poem about the picture. What would happen?” Suppose some of the children needed an object they could physically feel and touch.  “What would happen if I took stuffed animals in with me?” I asked myself.

What happened was that every one of the children, and many of the parents who came with the children, got a great big kick out of writing poems.  I was going to put the poems up on a website, but I neglected to get the signed release forms that I needed, and there was no way to contact the people who just showed up as a result of Grassroots bookstore

I didn’t know it then, but that was the beginning of a series of courses. Time went by and I wrote a book that children use to write their own stories. I found that adults liked that exercise too. More time passed and I had a granddaughter. I wanted to write more children’s stories, and I thought of the idea of teaching an interactive course.

The trouble was that it was too long, so I decided to do it as a series of modules. So, in a way, I’m teaching my courses because a long time ago, I took a picture of a dog playing on a beach, and I let my imagination run wild.

I wish you the same type of inspiration, although I’m sure your inspiration will be totally different.

 

 

Free Course for Children Helps Kids, (Grand)Parents, Teachers

Alan H. Jordan, Author & Instructor

Alan H. Jordan, Author & Instructor

A free sampler course helps children build self esteem. It also helps them to succeed in school and in life.


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The course contains a wide variety of video-based lessons excerpted from a series of courses that:

  • Children can use to write the words for different styles of picture books – everything from a simple book for babies, which requires writing only 12 sentences. (Of course, the right 12 sentences are key, and the course explains how to select the best 12 sentences to achieve your objectives.)
  • Parents may use to write a book that conveys their most cherished values to their child or children. This is especially valuable for parents who want to assure that if they pass away, they have left a very personal legacy for them. Imagine a father saying, “Your mother wrote this book for you before she passed away. It’s something that you can cherish, a part of her that’s here, that you can hold even though her body’s no longer here.”
  • Grandparents may use to help a child do better in school by developing a love of reading and writing. It’s hard for a child who has written a book to not like reading or writing, particularly when they can bring a copy of a professionally-illustrated book to school for Show-and-Tell. Grandparents have the time to help children build their self esteem by writing one or more books.  Also, some grandparents like to write a book for one, or more, grandchildren, passing on many of the values that they wish to convey.
  • Teachers may use the course in their classes to motivate children to read and write. I encourage teachers to take advantage of this free curriculum aid, and I will make myself available on many Fridays to do a webinar, such as a Google Hangout, with a class, or school club.

Click here for lifetime access while the free course is still free.

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Picture books, like Alan H. Jordan's The Monster on Top of the Bed are designed to help children write their own stories

Write Picture Books – Inspire Tomorrow’s Generation

Write Picture Books-Inspire Children

Picture books, like Alan H. Jordan's The Monster on Top of the Bed are designed to help children write their own stories

Some picture books, like Alan H. Jordan’s The Monster on Top of the Bed are designed to help children write their own stories as well as entertain.

Children that are taught well quickly grasp the valuable lessons in life and grow up to become valuable members of our society. Children  tend to learn a lot through fun and colorful picture books. Children are inspired and motivated by picture books. Picture books are are fun, easy to read and also serve an educational purpose.

Adults can use picture books to help children discover morals, values and principles that children can immediately put to use, or refer to in the future. This is important, as it shapes the minds of the young and how they respond to those around them.

Picture books like Alan Jordan's The Monster on Top of the Bed and Dr. Suess's Green Eggs and Ham facilitate learning

Picture books are a perfect complement to other learning done in school.

Take the example that I gleaned from the Pleasanton Police Department in California. After a week long presentation and sessions educating children and inspiring them, the children sent hundreds of heartfelt letters and notes thanking the police for all the good they do for the community. The students reacted in this positive way as it is what they have been taught. They appreciate and respect those like the police department that work to protect everyone in society.

childrens_letters_05Thanks to picture books, we can transfer wisdom to the young and help shape their lives. Read more

Write a children's book and feel fulfilled. Jordan's on-line class will help you.

Writing Children’s Books: Skills to Shape Future Generations

Writing Children’s Books: Skills to Shape Future Generations

A Course on How to Write a Kid’s Illustrated Book

When someone says, “picture books,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind?

Writing children's books has been influenced by Dr. Suess's work, GrFor me, it’s good memories from my favorite childhood characters. My personal favorites have always been Dr. Seuss’ works. There is no denying the influence that his characters and themes have in my day-to-day life. 

The lessons learned at early stages are bound to shape people, who in turn will shape those surrounding them. Children’s books are very powerful, and knowing how to write and illustrate them is key to teaching children lessons to shape future generations.

That’s why I was interested to discover Alan Jordan’s online course, Write a Picture Book that Entertains & Empowers Children. Read more

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Key to Prosperity: Discussions

Discussions Make On Line Classes Interesting

I was looking at an online course called Self Interviews: Craft (Telephone) Sales Phrases and Sell More yesterday, and I watched a number of the free preview lectures that were available for the course. One of them was Lecture 10.  It is called, “Why you will benefit by creating discussions?”

I was intrigued by this title. It seems to me that most online courses focus more on what the teacher wants to teach rather than what the student wants to learn. The instructor was obviously interested in what I wanted to learn or he wouldn’t have called it “Why you will benefit…”  I was interested in learning more about this course. I was even more intrigued when I watched  the lecture. It had been created for one of the instructor’s other courses, Write a Picture Book that Entertains & Empowers Children and used in this course too because both courses have the same type of discussion forum. Read more