Nicole J Simms/ May 17, 2020/ Blog/ 0 comments

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Exploring Reedsy’s Free Writing Courses

I have recently been inspired to start working on my idea for a children’s fiction series — I know this isn’t part of my goals for 2020, but sometimes it’s okay to give in to temptation. But as I have never written a novel for children, I decided it would be wise to learn more about writing for these readers. And that’s when I found Reedsy’s ‘Children’s Books 101: Writing for the Right Age Group’ free course.

Before finding the course, I had heard of Reedsy — the AuthorTuber Shaelin from ShaelinWrites has collaborated with Reedsy to create writing-tip videos for writers, which offer great advice. So, I knew this course would be worth doing.

But, as I explored further, I discovered that there were more free Reedsy writing courses available. And this is what I want to share with you today.

The Reedsy writing courses are divided into six categories: writing, editing, design, marketing, publishing and distribution. And each category has a range of courses:

  • Writing — 17 courses
  • Publishing — 11 courses
  • Marketing — 17 courses
  • Editing — 5 courses
  • Distribution — 2 courses
  • Design — 1 course

Each course has 10 lessons that should take no more than five minutes a day to complete. When you sign up for the course, a lesson will be delivered to you once a day. So, you should complete each course in 10 days.

As you can see, there are many courses to take, but I will only be doing the following courses:


  • How to Write YA That Sells
  • How to Write for Middle-Grade Readers
  • How to Plot a Novel Using the 3-Act Story Structure
  • Developing Characters That Your Readers Will Love
  • Writing Dialogue That Develops Plot and Character
  • Children’s Books 101: Writing for the Right Age Group
  • The Ten Commandments of Writing YA (Young Adult) Novels
  • Stop Procrastinating! Build a Solid Writing Routine


  • Inside a Traditional ‘Big 5’ Publisher
  • What Do Literary Agents Do (and Do You Need One)?
  • How to Write a Query Letter That Agents Can’t Resist
  • Behind the Microphone: How to Create a Great Audiobook
  • Traditional Publishing 101


  • How to Find Your Target Readers
  • How to Get Your Book Covered by Mainstream Media
  • How to Build an Amazing Author Blog
  • How to Market Your Children’s Book
  • How to Create the Ultimate Book Marketing Plan
  • How to Set Up and Grow Your Author Mailing List
  • Book reviews and How to Get Them
  • How to Validate Your Book Idea
  • How to Run a Price Promotion
  • Everything You Need to Know About Amazon Algorithms
  • Book Marketing 101


  • The Mechanics of Writing Dialogue
  • Story Editing for Authors
  • Novel Revision: Practical Tips for Rewrites
  • How to Self-Edit Your Manuscript Like a Pro
  • Novel Revision: Understanding the Craft


  • Kobo Hacks for Optimising Sales
  • Pricing Books for an International Audience


  • Book Design 101

So, there you have it — my list of the Reedsy courses I plan to take. I will also review each course after I have completed each category, so stay tuned for that.

Have you taken any of Reedsy’s courses or plan to? Let me know in the comments below.

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