recent success of childrens
books has made the general public aware of what weve
known for years: theres
a huge market out there.
a growing need for new writers trained to create the $3 billion
worth of childrens
books bought each year . . . plus stories and articles needed by
more than 650 publishers of magazines for and about children and
Who are these
ordinary folks like you and me.
But am I good enough?
I was once
where you might be now. My occasional thoughts of writing had been
pushed down by self-doubt, and I didnt
know where to turn for help.
Then, on an impulse, I accepted a free offer from the Institute to
test my writing aptitude, and it turned out to be the spark I
I took their
course, and my wonderful author-instructor helped me to discover,
step-by-step, that my everyday lifeprobably
not much different than yourswas
an endless creative resource for my writing!
The promise that paid off
made the same promise to me that they will make to you, if you
demonstrate basic writing aptitude:
You will complete
at least one manuscript suitable to submit to a publisher by the
time you finish our course.
I really didnt
expect to be published before I finished the course, but I was. I
sold three stories. And I soon discovered that that was not unusual
at the Institute.
Since graduating, I have authored 34 nationally published children's
books and over 300 stories and articles.
Now, as an
instructor at the Institute, Im
happy to pass along what Ive
learned to aspiring writers like you.
One-on-one training with
your own instructor
of them professional writers or editorswork
with their students the same way I do with mine.
completed an assignment on your own schedule, at your own pace, you
send it to me. I read it and re-read it to be sure I get everything
out of it that you've put into it.
Then I edit it
line-by-line, and send you a detailed letter explaining my edits. I
point out your strengths and show you how to shore up your
Instead of time-wasting trial and error, you get proven techniques
pushing and my pulling, you learn how to writeand
how to market what you write.
am the living proof
What I got from
my instructor at the Institute changed me from a wannabe
into a published writer.
no guarantee that every student will have the same success, were
showered with letters like these from current and former students:
graduating from your course,
says Heather Klassen, Edmonds, WA, Ive
sold 125 stories to magazines for children and teenagers.
this, I didnt
know if my work was typical or bland, or if there was even a spark
of life in it,
writes Kate Spanks, Maple Ridge, BC. I
now have over 30 articles published. . .
. . a little bird . . . has
just been given freedom
course has helped me more than I can say,
says Jody Drueding, Boston, MA. Its
as if a little bird that was locked up inside of me has just been
given the freedom of the garden.
. . I was attracted by the fact that you require an aptitude test,
says Nikki Arko, Raton, NM. Other
schools sign you up as long as you have the money to pay, regardless
of talent or potential.
take the course again
in a heartbeat!
take the course again in a heartbeat!
says Tonya Tingey, Woodruff, UT. It
made my dream a reality.
most recent success has been the publication of Dear Miss Ryan,
Ruining My Life, the novel I started for my last Institute
writes Jennifer Jones from Homer, NY. Thank
you for giving me the life I longed for.
If the life of
writer is one that you have longed for, youll
never have a better opportunity than this to test your dream.
FREE Aptitude Test for Childrens
Writing plus an illustrated course brochure
Weve prepared an
intriguing aptitude test to find qualified people. Its offered
without cost or obligation, and will be professionally evaluated for
to the test, well mail you a free copy of our 32-page illustrated
brochure describing our acclaimed home-study course, which is so
effective that its recommended for college credit by the
Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards. The brochure will
introduce you to 80 members of our outstanding faculty composed of
published authors and seasoned editors.
also obtain and complete this aptitude test right on this website by
clicking on the Aptitude Test link belowits
always be glad that I took that first small step to realize my
writing dream. I urge you to take yours today. Theres nothing
sadder than a dream deferred until it fades forever.
Institute of Childrens Literatureฎ
Kristi Holl, a graduate of
our course, has published 35 books, including a guide
for writers, and more than 300 stories and articles. She
is now an instructor at the Institute.