How to Teach a Child to Write a Novel

The Junior Secret Noveling Club (PDF ebook) – You can teach your child to write a novel. Well, sort of. Actually what this delightful lesson series does is teach your kids a great deal about the creative writing process, and in the process how to be wiser, more thoughtful readers of books written by others. It’s is a fun filled, playful, and highly creative eight-week class that your kids will long remember. And who knows? They may even end up writing their own book before it’s all said and done!

But hey. Let’s let Lydia tell you how she developed this class in her own words:

“This spring, I formed the Junior Secret Noveling Club, a small group of kids who wanted to learn to write novels. The kids were between ages 7 and 9, and all homeschooled, all brisk little chirpy creative spirits who were game for my games.

“I developed a curriculum to teach them the nuts and bolts of writing a novel, from developing a subplot to placing significant objects in the setting, even giving their hero a tragic flaw. I introduced a lot of concepts and techniques which children wouldn’t typically be exposed to, with the idea that learning the hows and whys of novel construction would make them better readers. Even if they weren’t necessarily going to sit down and pen The Grapes of Wrath, they would approach their reading material with a new level of awareness.”

You can grab all eight lessons in one convenient PDF download, a couple paragraphs down the page.

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7 Thoughts.

  1. Lydia and Erskine family -Thank You so much for offering this! It looks like a fabulous way to start off the school year. Lydia has some wonderful stuff on her page, including a swashbuckling seminar on Treasure Island. I will be telling all my friends. One thing, if you plan on printing a copy of the Junior Secret Noveling Club – don’t forget to copy or bookmark the link to her story “The Jungle Wolf” which is an integral part of Lesson 3.

  2. This looks wonderful. I’ve been looking for a class to offer to our younger readers in the home school group, and this seems like a winner. Thanks so much for making it available.

  3. Good point, Drue! The link in the PDF doesn’t work the way I thought it would, so I added a link to the story in the post itself. Thanks for visiting, everybody!

  4. I am very excited about this creative writing course. I was able to take a creative writing course when I was younger, and it really improved my writing/reading skills. It also increased my already strong love of words. Thanks for an exciting freebie to add to our kids resources!!!

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