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Hello Nori,
I am about to embark on writing a childrens book.  I have several ideas on what to write about, and a very creative mind for the rest of the book.  :)
I have a question for you.  I recently came upon a home study course on learning about becoming a childrens book writer.  It is a long course that could take me up to two years to complete, depending on my progress and speed.  Do you think that that course would benefit me, or do you think it might waste my time?  I don't really know anything about book writing, but I sure do have the desire to write one and also my best friend would be writing with me.  I know there are many places online that I could go for help and info, but do you think that a correspondance course might help the negatives and questions that are facing me?  Thanks for any advice.  
Sue Bart

Dear Sue,
Thank you for your questions. Taking a course will teach you a great deal. Also, being involved in a situation with a teacher, homework, deadlines, your friend working on the same project, etc., can make a difference. I think when they say two years, it means you must complete it in two years or your enrollment will expire.
I once took the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Class, which was a home-study program. It helped me get started on writing a book. In fact, i finished the book soon after the course ended. I worked through the class in three months, i think.
If you are a self-motivated person who can work on your own with minimal supervision, then a home-study course may be just the thing for you.
However, if you think you'll need more motivation, then sign up for a regular writing class at a junior college or community center.
Either way, being involved in a structured program can help.
Whichever way you decide to go, i encourage you to write those stories you have been developing in your head. It's good for you and will be good for the children who read them.

P.S. I wrote my own Fiction Writing Workshop based on the Writer's Digest Novel Writing Workshop and posted it at my website:

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Nori J. Muster


Writing and publishing books, including e-books.


I have been writing for publication since 1981, including years as a staff writer, associate editor, editorial writer, and freelance reporter. At this time, I have eight Kindle books for sale at

Lakes of Tempe Authors, Tempe, Arizona

Betrayal of the Spirit: My Life behind the Headlines of the Hare Krishna Movement
Dreaming Peace: Your Thoughts Can Change the World
Cult Recovery Handbook: Seven Paths to an Authentic Life
Child of the Cult
Learning to Flow with the Tao: The 64 Hexagrams of the I Ching
Positive Quotations: Wisdom from the Master Mind
Collected Writings: Five Books by Nori Muster
Noriland Art Gallery: Secrets from the Vault
Spiritual Summer and Other Short Stories

UCLA Extension Writer's Program, 1988 - 1994
Master's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Western Oregon University, 1991

Awards and Honors
USA Today, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith, BBC Sunday Programme,, Glamour Magazine, Portland Mercury News, W-Five TV (Toronto), Publisher's Weekly, Boston Phoenix, San Francisco Chronicle, ABC TV News - 20/20, ABC radio, Associated Press, The Age (Melbourne),, The New York Times, Religious News Service, Dallas Morning News, Columbia Journalism School, Whole Life Times (Los Angeles), Toronto Sun, the John Dayle Show (KFYI AM, Phoenix), the Eliot Stein Show (syndicated radio and Internet broadcast), Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California), KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego), Jupiterís Girl syndicated radio show, Lakes Log.

Book Reviews:
Publisherís Weekly, Feminist Bookstore News, Yoga Journal, New York Post, Choice Magazine, Boston Herald, Nexus (Colorado), Gentle Strength Times, Coastlines (UCSB alumni), Theology Digest, Nova Religio, Rapport, India West,,

Book Signings:
Prescott College reunion; Gentle Strength Co-op, Tempe; Different Drummer Bookshop, Laguna Beach; L.A. Times Toastmasters; Biltmore Plaza Border's Books, Phoenix; Bodhi Tree Bookstore, Los Angeles; Health & Life Enrichment Expo, Pasadena; Sacramento Reads book festival, and others.

ISKCON World Review, Van Dhal Publications, Gentle Strength Times, Arizona Woman, Lakes Log, ICSA Today, Cultic Studies Review, University of Illinois Press, Kindle,,, Apple Books, and others.

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