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Writing for Children & Young Adults

Young Adult and Children’s books are hot! Here you’ll learn about trends in the marketplace, what’s working and what’s not, plus how to write for this very special group of readers without dumbing things down.

From First Draft to Finish Novel

A Writer’s Guide to Cohesive Story Building Read more

Bulllies, Bastards & Bitches

With Jessica Page Morrell’s Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, you’ll be able to tap into your story’s dark side by creating realistic and memorable anti-heroes, villains, antagonists, and difficult protagonists. Read more

Defining and Developing Your Anti-Hero

Anti-heros are the bastards of fiction—those bad guys readers love to hate and hate to love. Find out whats makes a memorable anti-hero tick in this excerpt from Bullies, Bastards & Bitches by Jessica Page Morrell. Read more

The Four Commandments of Writing Good Sentences

If you want to write a good sentence, don’t pay any attention to your grammar. I don’t mean “a sentence this like OK is.” I mean don’t automatically think you’ve written a good sentence just because it’s grammatically correct. Lots of bad sentences are grammatically correct. Some of these bad sentences might even be yours.

by Bonnie Trenga Read more

Challenging the Limits of Memory

In this excerpt from Writing Life Stories, Bill Roorbach teaches you how to pay attention to and translate your memories and how to overcome your resistance to remembered places and events. Read more

Publish Your First Book After 50

Who says publishing is a young person’s game? Here are an agent’s tips for writing and publishing well into your golden years.

By Scott Hoffman
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Finding Strong Ideas for Teen Fiction

How can you find and write convincingly about ideas that teenagers will enjoy? Find out from award-winning YA novelist K.L. Going how to succeed at writing for this burgeoning genre. Read more

The Popular Fiction Report

What’s hot in Mystery/ Crime, Romance, Horror, Thriller/ Suspense and Science Fiction/ Fantasy? Find out in this comprehensive genre-by-genre market report.

PLUS: A breakdown of fiction sub-genres and their definitions. Read more

Seven Tips for Writing Children’s Nonfiction

Here are seven tips from Brandon Marie Miller on researching and writing children’s nonfiction. Read more

Tips for Breaking Into Children’s Writing Through Magazines

Children’s magazines offer great break-in potential: magazines can be hungry for contributions, and selling to a magazine proves that your a pro—a big step in breaking into book publishing. Read more

On The Edge: Poetry for the Younger Set

Will the creation of a Children’s Poet Laureate and the staying power of novels-in-verse allow room for new writers in this burgeoning market? Read more

How to Be a Kid Again—or at Least Think Like One

Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey provide several idea generators to help you get inside the mind of your younger characters. Here are five sense activities to help you recall the vivid experiences and emotions of childhood. Read more

Tackling Tough Issues for Teens

Author Nancy Garden discusses the challenges of writing young adult novel featuring gay teen characters. Read more

A Push Into Teen Fiction

An editor and author of teen novels discusses the children’s book publishing industry and his new imprint. Read more

How to Be a Kid Again—or at Least Think Like One 2

Here are idea exercises you can use to help you get started. Read more

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction

5 Tips To Polish Your Fiction Read more

How a Great Picture Book Comes to Life

Caldecott-winner Peggy Rathmann shares the process she went through to create her book Ten Minutes Till Bedtime, from the spark of an idea through countless revisions to the finished product. Read more

A Crafty Way to Break into Children”s Writing

reprinted from 2002 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market Read more

Don’t Be Such a Baby

Writing for children isn’t for sissies. This genre demands your best work. Answer our columnists’ questions and find out if you’re up to the challenge. Read more

Modern Myth Maker

Alice Hoffman, author of Practical Magic and Here on Earth, proves once again that fairy tales and fables aren’t just a thing of the past. Read more

Children”s Poetry Markets

Special thanks to Alice Pope, editor of 2008 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market, for help with compiling this list. October 2007 Read more

David Almond: A Sense of Coming Home

reprinted from 2002 Children”s Writer”s & Illustrator”s Market Read more

Hook Kids’ Attention With Your Writing

Between the Internet, Nintendo and the TV remote how can “boring” books compete? If you’ve never asked yourself a similar question, you’ve probably never written anything for children. Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey explain what it takes to grab a kid’s attention and hold onto it from the beginning to “the end.” Read more

Writing for Kids: Create Believable Characters

Thinking Like a Kid Read more

Postscript: Finding my Way

This debut YA author contemplates her so-called “lucky break.” Read more

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