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Narrative Techniques for Children’s Books

A course by Natalia Méndez
Editor and Teacher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2017
, Editor and Teacher

Learn the basic components of a story to create tales for children

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 25536 students

Learn the basic components of a story to create tales for children

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 96% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 25536 students
  • 16 lessons (2h 26m)
  • 14 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

They say that to write children's books you have to channel your inner child, free your imagination, look at the world in wonder, and, above all, play with the story. Natalia Méndez, editor, author, and teacher at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), has many years' experience in turning ideas into children's books and knows exactly how to create and edit great stories by playing with them, from the very first idea to final publication.

In this course, get an overview of the children's publishing world and learn all the components and narrative structures to transform your ideas into children's stories.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The huge world of books for children
  • U3
    U3. A story step by step
  • U4
    U4. The structure of the stories
  • U5
    U5. The dessert cherry
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start the course by meeting Natalia Méndez, who shares her passion for reading, her professional background in children's literature, and her main influences.

Go through a brief history of children's books from their origin to the present day.

Get an introduction to literary genres, discover their role in good storytelling, and look at the editing process of a children's book, from the moment an author's original work arrives until the book finally goes to print.

Next, Natalia teaches you how to write a story step by step with the help of a fun game. Use some dice with different images on their sides as idea generators, to progress your story without any restrictions.
Learn the basic elements of a story and the different types of narrators to lay down the foundations of your written or graphic project.

Continue by analyzing the different types of narrative structures. Natalia thoroughly explains the traditional structure, the four-part or non-conflict structure, and the chain or list structure. Choose the one you like best to develop your story.

To finish, apply her handy tips to edit your project, choose a publisher to present it to and, also, discover some different self-publishing options.

What is this course's project?

Write a short story using a game as an idea generator.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone interested in writing a children's story and anybody who wants to discover the world of children's literature in general.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is required.

As for materials, you need a pen or pencil, colored pencils, blank sheets of paper, and glue.


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Natalia Méndez

A course by Natalia Méndez

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Editor and Teacher

Natalia Méndez has worked as an editor in the field of children's and young adult literature since 2002. She also teaches classes on publishing and literature at the UBA, workshops for writers at Casa de Letras, and training courses for children's literature editors.

She specialized in children's and young adult literature (CEPA/Government of the City of Buenos Aires) and is the author of La misteriosa desaparición del señor Tomás (Primera Sudamericana, 2017), Visitas (Ed. Abran Cancha, 2017), and Hojas sobre la almohada (Abran Cancha, 2014).

In 2007, she obtained a scholarship to attend the Ibero-American Editors Training course in Spain; in 2011, a scholarship as a researcher at the International Youth Library of Munich and, in 2012, she participated in the Frankfurt Fellowship program at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

She has her own artisanal publishing imprint, Dábale arroz, alongside Eduardo Abel Giménez, and a tiny ceramics and mini books business called A la zorra.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    The huge world of books for children

    • The specificity of children's and youth books
    • What are literary genres and why are they used to tell stories
    • The publishing genres and some surprises
    • How is the process of editing a children's book
    • Decalogue of yes and no if you want to write books for children
  • U3

    A story step by step

    • Create a Dice to Generate a Story
    • The basics of a story: world, characters and structure
    • Types of narrators, point of view. The time of the story and the time of the narration.
  • U4

    The structure of the stories

    • The traditional structure
    • Another model of structure: the structure in four parts or "without conflict"
    • Another model of structure: the list or chained structure
  • U5

    The dessert cherry

    • The proper voice in the stories. The tool box I.
    • The proper voice in the stories. The tool box II.
    • Publication of a text
  • FP

    Final project

    • Narrative techniques for children's books

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Narrative Techniques for Children’s Books. Writing course by Natalia Méndez Best seller

Narrative Techniques for Children’s Books

A course by Natalia Méndez
Editor and Teacher. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Joined December 2017
  • 96% positive reviews (1.1K)
  • 25536 students