Writing Resources

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Writing Help
Aaron Shepard’s Kidwriting Page
This site offers lots of free resources for writing and publishing children’s books

Adventures in YA & Children's Publishing
This site offers helpful articles on the craft of writing for children and young adults.

Author Culture: 

Cynthia Leitich Smith

Best-selling children’s and YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s site has won many accolades. It’s loaded with advice on writing and features other resources for children’s writers, including her blog, Cynsations, and her other social media sites. 

Institute of Children’s Literature

The institute offers writing help and much more. This link is to a huge list of articles on writing for children, categorized by topic.

Literary agent Janet Reid critiques query letters - a golden opportunity for writers.

Margot Finke's website is full of advice and articles on writing for children.

Pat Mora—Bookjoy
Author Pat Mora lists 20 tips on writing for children. 
Query Letters
Literary agent Janet Reid offers practical tips.

Resources for Children’s Writers
Rachelle Burk’s renowned website for children's writers includes a list of “Helpful Writing Articles.”

This link is to a web page listing articles on various topics related to writing for children, many written by Laura Backes of Children’s Book Insider newsletter.

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
offers a Writing Mentor Program for writer members selected by a panel of judges.

Suzanne Lieurance
This children’s author offers tips, articles, coaching, and other resources on writing for children.

Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi’s website, “dedicated to helping writers via descriptive tools, knowledge sharing, and support,” has an interesting niche: thesauruses of character traits, physical attributes, emotions. Ackerman and Puglisi authored The Emotion Thesaurus. 

The Purple Crayon 
Children’s book editor Harold Underdown offers loads of great advice and resources on writing for children, and much more.

The Scriptorium Webzine offers an interesting list of books on various aspects of writing and a few articles on writing.

Sharing with Writers

The Write Life

Upstart Crow
This literary agency’s website offers a Writer’s Toolbox that lists a handful of articles on writing and a short list of websites helpful to writers.

Verla Kay
Verla Kay offers transcripts of workshops on writing for children by authors including Anastasia Sue and Linda Joy Singleton (middle-grade fiction)

Writer’s Digest
Once registered (free), you can search for articles on writing for children. Many other resources include a free download of “101 Best Websites for Writers” and writing tutorials, workshops, and webinars.

Writer's Digest Newsletter (free)

Writers Speak to Kids (videos)
In this video series children's authors explain their techniques of creative writing. Authors include Jeff Kinney, Mo Willems, and Michael Buckley, among others.

Laura Backes and Jon Bard offer writing help and more for children’s writers with a paid subscription to their Children’s Book Insider newsletter.

This site offers numerous articles on writing for children, grammar and editing tips, and much more.

This web page offers excerpted advice from Lisa Rojany Buccieri and Peter Economy’s bookWriting Children’s Books for Dummies, 2nd edition.

Terri Rocker: “How to Write Children’s Literature”
This is an eHow page featuring advice from author Terri Rocker..

Michael Rosen’s “Child’s Play”
This is British author and former Children's Laureate Michael Rosen's article on writing for children, published in The Guardian, Sept. 25, 2008

Critique Groups

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