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New This Fall: Writing for Children & Young Adults

Award-winning children’s and young adult author Trilby Kent introduces her new course available through part-time learning at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre this fall.

Think you’ve got a children’s book in you? A one-of-a-kind character just bursting to be brought to life? A story so compelling readers won’t be able to tear themselves from the page?

Perhaps you’ve already started writing but don’t know what to do with that imperfect first draft. Perhaps you have an idea but aren’t sure how to shape it into a narrative.

Perhaps you feel a little daunted by the challenge of grabbing an editor’s attention (in a good way). Or maybe you’re looking to connect with other creative minds. Writers need readers: a community to offer constructive feedback, support and inspiration to push on through the disappointment of rejection, the desolation of writers’ block (if such a thing really exists…), or the triumph of finally pinning down that perfect metaphor.

This fall, I’m delighted to be teaching a new course in Writing for Children at Centennial College. Following a workshop model, students will explore the exciting world of contemporary children’s publishing, develop ideas and techniques, and each produce a polished draft of a pictured book, story or opening chapter. Through readings, discussion, in-class exercises and assignments, we’ll cover everything from point of view, plot, pacing and character development to handling taboo subjects and preparing your work for submission.

All students will leave with an understanding of the editorial and publishing process, as well as current market trends and conventions – but more importantly, my hope is that everyone who has participated in our weekly workshops will gain in the confidence, energy and discipline necessary to take their writing to the next level.

As a children’s author, novelist and journalist, I hold a PhD in Creative Writing and also teach at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and at Humber College. My children’s novel, "Stones for my Father," won the 2012 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Prize, and my new Young Adult novel, "Once, in a Town Called Moth," is forthcoming from Tundra Books this fall. More information about me can be found at

So get those pencils sharpened, polish off that library card, and create a new folder for draft one of your magnum opus. Come October, I can’t wait to hear your stories!

Introduction to Writing for Children and Young Adults is offered Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m this fall beginning October 4, 2016. For more information, visit the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design's Part-Time Programs listings.

Trilby will be reading from her novel Once, in a Town Called Moth at Word on the Street on Sunday, September 25 at 3:30 p.m.