Create Puzzles, Get Published

Cassie Brenn, Creative Person

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7 Lessons (22m)
    • 1. Class Introduction

      1:10
    • 2. Project introduction

      1:29
    • 3. Research

      5:11
    • 4. Themes and Rewards

      4:18
    • 5. Puzzle Mechanics

      3:40
    • 6. Put the Polish on your Puzzle

      4:01
    • 7. Conclusion

      2:34

About This Class

"I've created more than 40 puzzle books and had hundreds of puzzles published in children's magazines. I think Cassie did an excellent job of developing a class that can help puzzle creators think about the important aspects of developing a puzzle and getting it published. I liked that she used concrete examples of the various points she was making."

Evelyn Christensen

My name is Cassie Brenn and I've written how-to articles, puzzles, activities and comic book style stories for children's magazines such as Highlights for Children and Odyssey.  Of all the things that I've published, word puzzles have always been my favorite.  I love creaing them and doing them.  When I was a kid one of my favorite things was to do the puzzles in magazines like Highlights for Children.  I still love the puzzles in HFC but the best thing about them now is seeing my name in the by-line.  You can create puzzles like these too.  I will show you how.

In this class, you will learn how to analyze the Children's magazine market, come up with ideas for an original puzzle, and create a puzzle mock up to send to an editor.  I will show you how to create a visual mock-up even if you are not an artist.  For a few minutes of your time, you could create a puzzle and add a publishing credit to your resume.