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Confidently Write Your First Children's Book!

Learn what it takes to write a children's book from start to finish with our introductory course!

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Confidently Write Your First Children's Book!

Learn what it takes to write a children's book from start to finish with our introductory course!

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"The writing class was extremely helpful. I'd never written a children's picture book before, but Brooke's expert guidance helped me nail my plot and characters. And her lesson on editing helped me polish my language to truly bring out the right voice and tone for my story. I now have a picture book manuscript I'm truly proud of!"

- SARAH GRAVES -

DOES THIS SOUND FAMILIAR?

You have the BEST idea for a children's book. But you need help trying to write it.

Let's face it--writing a children's book is harder than you thought it would be. There are all these things to think about -- plot, characters, formatting, and that doesn't even cover editing!

You wish there was some way to know if what you're writing is on the right track.

And you're not alone. Most new children's book writers are right where you are.

The truth is that understanding HOW to write a children's book is something you must know in order to finally publish your book. And while you can spend hours and hours trying to find the information you need on your own, there is an easier way. . .

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Journey to Kidlit Writing 101 - Intro to Writing Class

With our 4-Step Process, writing a children's book has never been easier!

Kidlit Writing 101 - 4 step writing process

1 - Gather Your Story Assets

Kidlit Writing 101 - 4 step writing process

2 - Write Your First Draft

Kidlit Writing 101 - 4 step writing process

3 - Edit Your Story to Perfection

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4 - Prepare to Publish It!

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"I would highly recommend this class to others. I loved the length, the information, and the homework to keep everyone accountable. I would recommend to anyone wanting to write children’s books."

- ASHLEY KONEY-

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JUST IMAGINE HOW IT WILL FEEL WHEN YOU CAN . . .

  • Shorten the time it takes instead of letting another year pass by.
  • Choose the best idea instead of having no clue which to start with first.
  • Write from a child's perspective instead of wondering if your voice is something a child will enjoy.
  • Edit your draft, like an editor, instead of wondering if your story's any good.
  • Hold your finished book in your hands instead of waiting another year to achieve your dream!

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"It's ALL been good and editing was an eye-opener! I'm taking mega notes, writing down titles of books (to purchase and read), and applying what I have learned to my current story. Thank you! I would recommend your course to anyone who is interested in writing (and reading) for children."

- Ramon Rojas, Former Student -

Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to help you write your children's book once and for all.

I started writing children's books in 2014, but couldn't get my idea from my brain to paper. No matter how hard I tried, I kept receiving rejection letter after rejection letter.

I knew I needed to do something different in order to make my publishing dreams come true.

So I learned EVERYTHING about how to write an awesome children's book that kids ask to read again and again. Then finally, in 2020, I published my first picture book!

Since then, I've become an award-winning author of 3 picture books with accolades such as Mom's Choice and Distinguished Favorite Picture Book for Preschoolers. And a children's book publisher of 20+ books with 5-star reviews!

Now I'm sharing those hard-learned secrets with you in Kidlit Writing 101.

In the introductory course, you'll learn the complete process to write a good children's book. Use this simple-to-follow format to alleviate any confusion and help you write your book faster. So you can share your own with kids all over the world!

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

Royal Dragonfly winner | Brooke Van Sickle
Moonbeam Award Winner Brooke Van Sickle
Mom's Choice Award Brooke Van Sickle
Reader's Favorite Review | Brooke Van Sickle
Purple Dragonfly Award Winner Brooke Van Sickle
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Hi, I'm Brooke Van Sickle!

And I want to help you write your children's book once and for all.

I started writing children's books in 2014, but couldn't get my idea from my brain to paper. No matter how hard I tried, I kept receiving rejection letter after rejection letter.

I knew I needed to do something different in order to make my publishing dreams come true.

So I learned EVERYTHING about how to write an awesome children's book that kids ask to read again and again. Then finally, in 2020, I published my first picture book!

Since then, I've become an award-winning author of 3 picture books with accolades such as Mom's Choice and Distinguished Favorite Picture Book for Preschoolers. And a children's book publisher of 20+ books with 5-star reviews!

Now I'm sharing those hard-learned secrets with you in Kidlit Writing 101.

In the introductory course, you'll learn the complete process to write a good children's book. Use this simple-to-follow format to alleviate any confusion and help you write your book faster. So you can share your own with kids all over the world!

Learn all about children's book writing from an award-winning instructor:

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It's more than a writing course. It's a writing TRANSFORMATION! 🖤

All of the information is very helpful! However the information that was most relevant to me was how to figure out the target audience, how to format the manuscript for each type of children's book publication and that editing is a crucial part of creating a fully fledged story that is marketable.

Oh gosh, every session covered so far has been an amazing bundle of such helpful knowledge! I am 59 years old with at least 54 years of writing experience, with an uncountable number of attempts at writing a book from start to finish. I have learned more within these past three weeks, from realizing I had no formal structure in place, as I am now learning, which is the obvious reason why my millions of words written in the past, have never ended with, "The end". Lol! So grateful!

The class is a terrific online space to learn how to develop a marketable children's picture book or novel for children. Brooke is extremely knowledgeable, warm and passionate about the topic of children's writing. She answers all of your questions. A great class. The homework and templates are also very helpful.

I am so inspired by the lessons that are being taught and feel as though this is without any doubt, a reachable goal, finally. Each progressive lesson is an understandable process and not overwhelming at all.

This class has given me the inspiration to know how to format an idea into an easy, step by step, correct process that will guide me to my successful goal to become an author, rather than adding to a stack of unfinished attempts.

There is a lot of information, necessary information, presented in each class that touches on the spectrum of writing for all children's books; there's something for everyone's aspirations. With your instructions for Picture Books specifically, I am learning to "see" more opportunities for creativity within my story.

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"This course has been a lifesaver for me! You discuss items that don't get discussed in a "normal" how-to book on children's writing. For instance the 10 steps in session 2, the critique and editing in Lesson 3 & 4. This was valuable to me. So I'm recommending this course to the other writers in my other groups I belong to."

- Bruce Benson, Former Student -

HERE'S WHAT'S ALL INCLUDED IN KIDLIT WRITING 101 . . .

Kidilit Writing 101 - Gather your story assets

Step #1 - Gathering Your Story Assets

Before you can begin writing, you first need to know where your story takes place, who's the star of your story, and what the story's goal/purpose is.

This lesson shows you how to complete all 3 of these items by showing you how to:

  • Establish rules for your setting (And actually stick to them.)
  • Choose your main character (Including stories who don't have a character -- like concept books and nonfiction.)
  • Set your story goal -- both internally and externally (Including real-book examples of what that looks like.)

Lesson includes: 6 video lessons, companion workbook, story set-up guide, + character profile card


Kidilit Writing 101 - Writing Your Children's Book

Step #2 - Writing Your Children's Book

The next step is to begin writing your first draft! This lesson shows you how to:

  • Choose your point of view and tense for your story
  • Outline your story plot (Including a concept book or nonfiction story.)
  • Improve your writing skills with formatting and advanced writing techniques (Including real-book examples of what that looks like.)

Lesson includes: 9 video lessons, companion workbook, 2 bonus video lessons on plotting and leaning into your theme, + plot outline worksheet


Kidilit Writing 101 - Editing Your Children's Book

Step #3 - Editing Your Children's Book

The next step is to edit the first draft you've newly created. This lesson shows you how to:

  • Avoid rejection by knowing what an editor's looking for
  • Edit your story by conducting both a developmental edit + a line edit
  • Make your words count -- not just fit into a specific word count

Lesson includes: 8 video lessons, companion workbook, 6 bonus feedback example lessons on what to look for in your story, + editing checklist


Kidilit Writing 101 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

Step #4 - Finalizing Your Children's Book

It's finally time for the moment you've been waiting for -- how to publish your story! This lesson shows you how to:

  • Finish your book + find a critique group
  • Critique yours and other people's stories + resources to improve your writing
  • Publish your children's book with the 3 publishing options (Includes traditional publishing, self-publishing, & hybrid publishing)
  • Pitch your story like a professional

Lesson includes: 3 video lessons, companion workbook, manuscript submission checklist, + publishing resources cheat sheet


Intro to the children's book market

BONUS: Intro to the Children's Book Market

New to children's book writing? This mini-course walks you through what it's like to write for today's market. Including the children's book categories you need to know and the different markets you can sell a book in.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, guide to the children's book market, + children's book categories cheat sheet


Kidlit Formatting Mini-Course

BONUS: Kidlit Formatting 101 Mini-Course

Your complete guide into how to format your children's book story. Whether you're writing a picture book, chapter book, or novel -- this course will show you the steps to get it ready to send to publishers.

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, formatting checklist, + sample manuscript


Kidlit Digital Resource Binder

BONUS: Digital Kidlit Resource Binder

Over 30 worksheets for each step of the children's book writing process! Includes things like picture book plotting worksheet, the hero's journey plotting guide, character profile card creator, title creation worksheet, and so much more!


All of which is included when you sign-up for the course.

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But if you upgrade to the premium level, you'll also get these bonuses:

Kidlit Idea Creator Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Kidlit Idea Creator

A mini-course to teach you how to choose a new children's book idea + make sure it's a good one by vetting it against the market. Also, shows you how to find your comp books which you need before you start to pitch!

Includes - Video lesson, companion workbook, Kidlit Idea Decoder, + Competition Finder worksheet


Children's Book Illustration Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Illustrating Your Children's Book

A mini-course to teach you the role of a children's book illustrator, how to think about the illustrations when you're not the artist, and how to find an illustrator when it's time.

Includes - 3 video lessons, companion workbook, guide to children's book illustrators, + the dos & don'ts to illustrator notes cheat sheet


Picture Book Perfection Bonus

ADD-ON BONUS: Picture Book Bootcamp

A mini-course to jump-start your picture book story! Learn how to write a picture book in 4-quick lessons to help you create a first draft in a weekend.

Includes - 4 video lessons, 4 companion workbooks, Picture Book Perfection, picture book dummy layout, picture book plot worksheet, and picture book character profile card.

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"Oh my goodness I’m not sure where to start but you’ve led such an incredible framework for how the business of writing a children’s book works there’s so much tangible information that I didn’t have yet that YOU did. You took all the things you’ve learned over the years and you distilled it down to this few weeks. So valuable, so thank you."

- Courtney Denee-

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Choose the option that works best for you!

Kidlit Writing Academy Tier 1

Kidlit Writing 101 - Basic

Work through the lessons at your own pace. Level includes:

  • Lifetime Access to all Video Training Sessions with award-winning author Brooke Van Sickle
  • Four Digital Companion Workbooks to help you go deeper into each session
  • Introduction to the Children's Book Market mini-course - Includes lifetime access to video lessons + guide to the children's book market ($97 value)
  • Kidlit Formatting Mini-Course - Includes lifetime access to all 3 video lessons + formatting workbook ($67 value)
  • Character Creation Worksheet
  • Picture Book + Novel Plotting Guide
  • Kidlit Digital Resource Binder - Includes over 30 worksheets for every step of the writing process ($97 value)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Community

$1,100

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(or 4 monthly payments of $85)

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Kidlit Writing Academy Tier 2

Kidlit Writing 101 - Premium

Work through the lessons at your own pace. Level includes:

  • Lifetime Access to all Video Training Sessions with award-winning author Brooke Van Sickle
  • Four Digital Companion Workbooks to help you go deeper into each session
  • Introduction to the Children's Book Market mini-course - Includes lifetime access to video lessons + guide to the children's book market ($97 value)
  • Kidlit Formatting mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + formatting workbook ($67 value)
  • Kidlit Idea Creator mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Kidlit Idea Decoder ($115 value)
  • Illustrating Your Children's Book mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Guide to Children's Book Illustrators ($115 value)
  • Picture Book Boot Camp - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Picture Book Perfection ($165 value)
  • Character Creation Worksheet
  • Picture Book + Novel Plotting Guide
  • Kidlit Digital Resource Binder - Includes over 30 worksheets for every step of the writing process ($97 value)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Community

$1495

Yours Only $347

(or 4 monthly payments of $100)

Kidlit Writing Academy Tier 3

Kidlit Writing 101 - VIP

*Limited space available*

Get group coaching to help you go deeper with the lessons. Level includes:

  • Lifetime Access to all Video Training Sessions with award-winning author Brooke Van Sickle
  • 5 monthly group coaching calls with Brooke Van Sickle to help you dive deeper into the lessons (Starts in January!)
  • Four Digital Companion Workbooks to help you go deeper into each session
  • Introduction to the Children's Book Market mini-course - Includes lifetime access to video lessons + guide to the children's book market ($97 value)
  • Kidlit Formatting mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + formatting workbook ($67 value)
  • Kidlit Idea Creator mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Kidlit Idea Decoder ($115 value)
  • Illustrating Your Children's Book mini-course - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Guide to Children's Book Illustrators ($115 value)
  • Picture Book Boot Camp - Includes lifetime access to all video lessons + Picture Book Perfection ($165 value)
  • Character Creation Worksheet
  • Picture Book + Novel Plotting Guide
  • Kidlit Digital Resource Binder - Includes over 30 worksheets for every step of the writing process ($97 value)
  • Access to the Private Facebook Community

$2500

Yours Only $997

(or 5 monthly payments of $250)

"I just love how Brooke talks to us, to me. She is kind, patient, and has a nice voice. I like how she tries to help us understand what is a plot, how to build a story, and how to write a children's book to sell, not just for a hobby. She is great and because of this class I am more determined. Thank you!"

- Angelica Ion -

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Answers to all your questions...

WHAT'S INCLUDED WITH KIDLIT WRITING 101?

The introductory course is a self-paced class with all sessions available at once. It walks you step-by-step through the 4-step process to write a children's book through both video lessons, digital workbooks, and real-life story examples.

WHAT WILL I LEARN?

In Kidlit Writing 101, you'll learn how to:

  • Know if you have a good idea
  • Brainstorm and outline a compelling plot
  • Create characters that readers love
  • Write a children's book from beginning to end
  • Edit your story and add in elements that make it an enjoyable read
  • Prep your story for publishing

HOW'S THIS COURSE DIFFERENT THAN ALL THE REST?

Most writing instructors make you take multiple courses to learn everything you need to know about writing children's books. But not this course! Instead, Kidlit Writing 101 walks you step-by-step through each part of the children's book writing process, in the order you need to focus on from idea to completed manuscript.

Plus, Brooke's approach is easy-to-understand and implement right away. You'll feel confident knowing you can ask questions at anytime, too!

WHAT'S THE INVESTMENT?

Kidlit Writing 101 has everything you need to write an awesome children's book that's ready to publish. Your purchase includes lifetime access to all video lessons, lesson companion workbooks, and all the bonuses for just a one-time payment of $297. (Or break it up into 4 equal payments of only $85!)

HOW DO I KNOW WHETHER THE WRITING CLASS IS RIGHT FOR ME?

Kidlit Writing 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to writing. You have an idea for a children's book, but no idea how to get started -- this course will walk you step-by-step through the entire process.

Even if you've been writing your book for a while, you'll benefit from the course! Especially if you're feeling frazzled or overwhelmed by all your ideas yet still not able to finish your manuscript.

WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE MUCH TIME TO COMMIT?

That's okay! The class is self-paced, meaning it can adjust to your schedule. Plus, with your lifetime access to the entire course content, you're able to watch and rewatch the trainings again and again as you improve as a writer.

HOW DOES THE CLASS WORK?

You'll receive access to Kidlit Writing 101 through our course platform. From there, you'll create an account to login and view all the content at once.

The course will step you through each intro to download your worksheets for each lesson and view a short video about what to expect.

When you've finished viewing each lesson, you'll have a homework assignment at the back of your workbook with next-step instructions.

Plus, you will be able to log in and out of the platform as many times as you need! The course is built with lifetime access.

HOW SOON WILL I GET ACCESS?

Right away! You'll receive the login to the course via email once you've completed your registration. Should see it in your inbox within 15 minutes of purchase.

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"I went into the class feeling that something was missing from my story. Now I feel that I am headed in the right direction and getting closer to writing a story that can be published. Thank you for all the wonderful information you have given the class. It has been the most helpful class I have taken in writing a children's book."

- Dana Fraley, Former Student -

EACH WEEK OUR STUDENTS HAD SO MUCH GOOD NEWS TO SHARE:

It was so helpful looking at and talking about different children's books and figuring out the goal, problem and theme. Also good to know that I can read the back of a book and it pretty much tells you the character, goal and problem.

It helped me to understand how important your character and their goal is because it drives your story. If you are floundering, the focus on this will help hone you in and help you then develop your plot and theme. But it all starts with the character and goal!

Your class is ALWAYS jam-packed with information and I will return to the replay to finish my notes. Thanks ALWAYS for making your classes not only informative, but lots of FUN as well!! See you next week!!! Best, Roseann

Brooke provides an abundance of examples for use as visual clarification. And, during Q&A, she also retrieves even more examples--often, it's a book she has in her office!

You always present topics in a way that, as a reader of children's books, one can easily comprehend. You provide plenty of examples that give us that "Ah hah" moment, and, if that were not enough, you include checklists in the worksheet packet that serve as a guide for us to follow! Thank YOU!


Brooke guides her students with her knowledge and personal experience as an author, editor, publisher, and teacher, by demonstrating through the use of countless examples, how best to write a children's book.

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"This was such an informative class. I found value in looking at the potency of voice in my story and I definitely need to establish showing vs telling in my current story. It is also helpful to hear about the lateral thinking required in regard to the whole team involved in publishing. It invites me to be more flexible."

- Erin Murphy, Former Student -