Children’s Writing for Grown-Ups

 News@ McDaniel: owney a
July 31, 2012

Writers who aspire to join the ranks of J.K. Rowling and Dr. Seuss will find education and inspiration in the completely online certificate program, “Writing for Children and Young Adults,” offered by McDaniel’s Graduate and Professional Studies department. Launched in the fall of 2010, the innovative program won Maryland Higher Education Commission endorsement and is accessible to students all over the nation and world.

The certificate’s five three-credit courses count toward the post-baccalaureate certificate (P.B.C.), a Master of Liberal Arts degree or may be taken on a non-degree basis, says the program’s coordinator, Mona Kerby, a McDaniel professor of Library Science and author of more than 10 books for children and young adults, including the award-winning “Owney, The Mail-Pouch Pooch.”

Learning, says Kerby, is collaborative, and students will have the opportunity to interact with children’s book editors, writers and agents. In sharp contrast to correspondence classes, students will be expected to participate in online class discussions.

Kerby’s star power has attracted some of the best-known writers in the country to serve as faculty for this program. “Instructors include Jill Santopolo, executive editor at Philomel Books, Penguin Young Readers Group and noted author of the “Alec Flint” mystery series; Lisa Graff, author of “Umbrella Summer” and “The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower”; and Kristin Becker, senior editor at Harper Collins.

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