Children's Narrative: Create Lively Characters

A course by Idalia Sautto
Writer and Historian. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2020
, Writer and Historian

Write a unique story based on the development of a character and their historical context

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (43)
  • 1066 students

Write a unique story based on the development of a character and their historical context

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (43)
  • 1066 students
  • 14 lessons (2h 50m)
  • 16 additional resources (2 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The key to writing a relatable story is knowing all the details about the universe you're creating and, more importantly, the people who live there. Idalia Sautto is a writer, historian, and author of several children's books whose creative process involves practical research and gathering objects that trigger her imagination to create authentic characters.

In this course, learn how to write stories by developing a character based on their historical context. Create an engaging story for children's or young adult literature with a lively protagonist who is full of hopes, dreams, and memories.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Imagine to write
  • U3
    U3. Write to imagine
  • U4
    U4. Share the story
  • FP
    FP Final project
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To begin, Idalia Sautto introduces herself and tells you about how a blend of history and literature shaped her personal interests. She also explains what it is about children's and young adult books that fascinates her and also shares her biggest influences.

Before you pick up your pencil, discover where to plant the seed of a story and how to make it blossom. Learn about the basic types of character conflicts and work with different literary devices to help you outline the plot of your story. Then, do a bit of research and create the historical context surrounding your character.

Study the Aristotelian plot structure and analyze the key parts that any story needs. Write several rough drafts and practice with three different narrative voices while you discover who your character is by exploring the depths of their personality, from their biggest dreams to their worst nightmare. Idalia then shows you how to edit your story using different structures.

Make some final adjustments to find your style and give your story a personal touch. Finish the course by editing your text and adapting it to the fanzine format–a simple way to self-publish and share your story with the world.

What is this course's project?

Write a story for a book or a fanzine by developing a character and their context.

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in children's books who has a story to tell.

Requirements and materials

No prior knowledge is necessary, just the desire to put your story on the page.

As for the materials, you need a notebook, a few of your favorite books, post-it notes, and a computer with Word or Pages.


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Idalia Sautto

A course by Idalia Sautto

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Writer and Historian

Idalia Sautto is a writer and historian. Her passion for creating elaborate universes full of wonder has led her to publish several children's books and write articles, essays, and chronicles for a wide variety of audiences.

Her first published book, Checo (2010), emerged from a series of interviews she did with her grandfather; it's her first children's book and her first publication as a historian. With a career devoted to writing and editing books, it was only a matter of time before she decided to launch a personal editorial project. In 2016, she founded her own publishing company Pitzilein Books, which focuses on editing and publishing books from artists, illustrators, and writers who walk the line between literary genres like chronicle and fiction, philosophy and literature, and graphic works and children's literature.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Imagine to write

    • The seeds of a story
    • From memory a tree is born
    • The historical branches
    • Sketch the character's writing
  • U3

    Write to imagine

    • Narration and its writing
    • The story is also fiction
    • The moment of truth
    • The other truth of things
    • Editing is also writing
  • U4

    Share the story

    • Final details of the writing
    • From text to book
    • The Final Final Final File
  • FP

    Final project

    • Children's Narrative: Create Lively Characters

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Children's Narrative: Create Lively Characters  . Writing course by Idalia Sautto

Children's Narrative: Create Lively Characters

A course by Idalia Sautto
Writer and Historian. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined September 2020
  • 98% positive reviews (43)
  • 1066 students