Introduction to Writing a Children’s Fantasy Novel

A course by Piers Torday
Children’s Book Author. London, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
, Children’s Book Author

Write your first children’s novel by developing a synopsis for your story and building a fictional world with compelling characters

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  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch

Write your first children’s novel by developing a synopsis for your story and building a fictional world with compelling characters

  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 1362 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: English
  • Level: Beginner
  • 17 lessons (4h 6m)
  • Available on the app
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

“The books we read when we’re young shape us into the adults of tomorrow.”

Piers Torday, recipient of the Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction, is exactly what he wanted to be when he was a child. As a children’s writer, he has dedicated his career to creating fictional worlds that keep young, curious minds turning pages and fascinated by reading.

In this course, Piers takes you on a writer’s journey to create a children’s novel that transports the little ones to another universe and inspires them to ask big questions. Learn how to plan, structure, and write a full-length novel step by step. Discover the creative process behind world-building, plot development, and character arcs that can inspire the next generation.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparing to Write for Children
  • U3
    U3. Let’s Make Up a Story
  • U4
    U4. How to Plan Your Book
  • U5
    U5. Sharing Your Stories
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Meet Piers Torday, children’s author, and your teacher for this course. He begins the course by sharing the people and stories who inspired him to write his own, the life experiences which shaped his work, and the writers who influence him the most.

Start by exploring your desire to write stories for children, and how to turn that impulse into a daily practice and professional career. Discover how your own childhood experiences can inspire your writing ideas, then learn to develop them.

Next, have a look at the different ways to structure your ideas into a full-length novel. Learn how to deconstruct the books you love and use their proven techniques in your own work. See how to create your own writer’s toolbox when developing a fictional world and its characters. Discover your own voice through exploratory and practical exercises, and how to silence the unhelpful inner critic.

Understand the principles of storytelling that produce unforgettable characters children love and a plot that hooks readers in. Using easily understandable models, break your idea down into simple units that, block by block, create a unique, fictional world. Piers shows you how to write character biographies, world bibles, and even a map.

Finally, learn how to finish a first draft, edit and polish it for submission. Piers shares his tips and strategies for getting your work published and wraps up the course by reminding you that writing is a process, not a destination. Hear his final thoughts on how to make the most of that journey.

What is this course's project?

Write a synopsis of a children’s book that includes the characters, the fictional world, and a summary of the complete story.

Who is it for?

Writers of any ability who want to write their first, full-length children’s book.

What you need

No previous experience necessary.

To take this course, you need a pen, a pencil, and a notebook to develop your story, access to children’s books, and of course, inspiration to get creative.


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Piers Torday

A course by Piers Torday

Children’s Book Author

Piers Torday is an author, playwright, and educator from Northumberland, England. As a children’s author, he is dedicated to harnessing the power of imagination through creative writing. The art of writing has always been present in Piers' life: He wrote his first cartoon at age seven, which was about a superhero called Super Sid, and won a competition in a local newspaper. His father, the late Paul Torday, is the author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which was later adapted into a film.

For Piers, writing children’s novels is a way to engage young readers, inspire them to ask big questions, and shape the minds of tomorrow. His most notable work includes The Lost Magician, The Frozen Sea, The Last Wild Trilogy, and There May Be a Castle. Piers also received the Guardian Award for Children’s Fiction in 2014. In a review for the trilogy, The Times states that Piers is “the new master of books for children.”


  • U1


    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparing to Write for Children

    • Why Write?
    • Where Do Ideas Come From?
    • How to Have Ideas
  • U3

    Let’s Make Up a Story

    • To Plan or Not to Plan 1
    • To Plan or Not to Plan 2
    • Creating a Fictional World
    • Characters
    • The Writer’s Toolbox: Finding Yours
  • U4

    How to Plan Your Book

    • Finding the Idea
    • Creating Your Characters
    • Structuring the Story
    • Writing Your Synopsis
  • U5

    Sharing Your Stories

    • Writer’s Block
    • How to Pitch Your Story
    • An Overview of the Children’s Book Market
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Introduction to Fantasy Novel Writing for Children

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Introduction to Writing a Children’s Fantasy Novel . A Writing course by Piers Torday

Introduction to Writing a Children’s Fantasy Novel

A course by Piers Torday
Children’s Book Author. London, United Kingdom.
Joined March 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (30)
  • 1362 students