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WTCC – The Business of Writing for Children


Writing for children might represent a fantastic journey for you, but never forget that publishing is a business. The more you can learn about the industry, the better you can navigate your way to life as a published author. Knowledge is empowering.

During this seven-week course, students will develop and begin writing a manuscript for a children’s book during our classwork workshop periods. Additionally, we discuss the business of writing for children, including how to identify publishers, how to write a query and synopsis, and how to market your work.

Here’s what they’re saying:

“Great overview of subject matter. I definitely benefitted from this class and gained a lot of information that I didn’t have.”

“Dolly’s enthusiasm, encouragement, and expertise made the class. She was so positive in her delivery and constructive with feedback. I look forward to taking more classes from her.”

“The instructor was fantastic! She was approachable, concise and very well versed in her craft. I’m excited about my future in writing and feel that Dolly encouraged me to take it seriously.”

“[I liked] the practical, real life experience Dolly brought into the class of being a published author and understanding the world.”

– The Business of Writing for Children
Wake Technical Community College

This course will return during 2018.


Dolly R. Sickles has worked for over fifteen years as a creative writer, graphic artist, photographer, PR and marketing guru, grantwriter, social advocate, and agent of change (or some combination therein) in the hi-tech, pharmaceutical advertising, performing arts, broadcast and internet media, and social services industries. Her work has appeared in Our State Magazine, The Apex Herald, The Cary News, The Raleigh Digest, and a handful of industry publications. She is an adjunct instructor at both Wake Technical Community College and Central Carolina Community College, in their creative writing programs.

She writes contemporary romance and romantic suspense under the pseudonym Becky Moore, and children’s literature under the pseudonym Dolly Dozier. She has worked as a freelance book reviewer at Bookspan’s DoubleDay Book Club, MacMillan Publishing’s Heroes & Heartbreakers, and is now a Contributor for USA Today’s Happy Ever After.


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