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Children’s Book Writing Certificate

Children's books impart a wide range of knowledge by capturing the imagination, delighting the senses, and engaging the mind.

Writers have the challenging task of creating stories that both entertain and inform children. The key to being a successful children’s book writer is to learn the techniques and skills that engage a child's imagination, sustain attention, and push a child toward a greater understanding of the world.

Successful writers must also understand how to flesh out ideas, revise and critique, write query letters to get published, and know the history of the medium.

This certificate provides a solid foundation in the skills and tools that improve one’s chances of being published as a writer. It also introduces aspiring professionals to a wide variety of media and advanced topics required for a thriving career.

For detailed information, please enroll in the online on-demand Creative Writing Programs Information Session.

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Certificate Course Matrix
Course Title Course Number Units FA WI SP SU
Information Session (Find out more about the program in a free, online information session.)
Children's Book Illustration & Writing Programs - Information Session
INFO-70117
0
O O O O
REQUIRED COURSES (All units required)
Writing for Children I: Introduction
WCWP-40186
3
L   O  
Writing for Children II: Intermediate
WCWP-40315
3
  L   O
History of Children's Literature
LIT-40093
3
O   O O
Getting Published: Navigating the Children's Book Market
ART-40636
3
  U    
Electives (Minimum of 6 units required)
Writing Children's Picture Books
WCWP-40261
3
    L  
Writing for the Middle Grade/YA Reader
WCWP-40274
3
O O O O
Children's Book Illustration: Thinking in Pictures
ART-40634
3
  O   L
Adobe Photoshop I: Introduction
ART-40311
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe Illustrator
ART-40527
3
O,U O,U O,U O,U
Adobe InDesign
ART-40533
3
O O,U O O,U
L=La Jolla M=Mission Valley O=Online U=University City X=Location TBA
Certificate Programs

To Apply for the Certificate Program

From the 'Apply Now' button, login to your student account, complete the online application, and pay the application fee if applicable. It is preferable that you create an account before proceeding if you have not already done so.

Candidates are encouraged to apply in the certificate program as early as possible to take advantage of program benefits. See Certificate FAQs for more information.

Application Fee: $0 Apply Now!
Contact: Arts, Humanities, Languages & Digital Arts, 858-534-5760
Email: ahl@ucsd.edu
Please note: Upon acceptance into the program, there will be a $60 certificate fee.

Conditions for Admission

Students should have a basic knowledge of English grammar and be comfortable using computers (PC or Mac).

Please see the application for specific admission requirements for this program.

Although a college degree or professional experience in the field are not required, applicants with such experience may receive preference for admission when program capacity is limited.

Current UCSD students may be considered for admission depending on their academic and career focus and educational performance.

Certificate Guidelines

The Specialized Certificate in Children's Book Writing can be completed in 3-6 quarters (taking 1-2 courses per quarter). Tuition is $395-595 per course.

About online courses:

  • Online courses in this certificate are led by live instructors, but students may view lectures according to their own schedules. There are no set lecture dates or times; however, students will be required to meet weekly assignment deadlines, participate in critiques, and contribute to discussion topics.
  • Online students should expect to spend four to six hours per week per course.
  • Online students must provide their own software.
  • To preview our e-learning system, visit ucsdextension.blackboard.com.
  • For system requirements, click here.

Advisors

Joy Chu, B.F.A.
Principal, Joy Chu Designs; Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Edith Hope Fine, B.A.
Author

Deborah Halverson
Author, Editor

Seth Lerer, Ph.D
Dean, Arts and Humanities
UC San Diego

Annika Nelson, B.A.
Operations Manager
UC San Diego Extension

Annika Nelson, B.A.
Artist, Instructor; Program Manager
UC San Diego Extension

Brian Selznick
Author

Kelly Sonnack, B.A.
Agent
Andrea Brown Literary Agency

Peter Thomas, M.A., Ed.M.
Assoc. Director, Arts, Humanities, Languages, Digital Arts
UC San Diego Extension

Blair Thornley, B.F.A.
Painter, Animator; Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Sarah Tomp, M.F.A.
Author, Instructor
UC San Diego Extension

Andrea Zimmerman
Author, Instuctor
UC San Diego Extension