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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

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

5 Tips for Writing for Children

"Dialogue not only keeps young readers engrossed in the action, but also makes the page appear less formidable by breaking up the text." That’s one of the tips from Tracey Dils, author of You Can Write Children’s Books. Read more tips here. Read more

It’s a Kid’s World

To write a convincing setting for your children’s story, just kick off your shoes and jump into a child’s world. Read more

Crafting an Effective Plot for Children’s Books

Excerpted from The Children’s Writer’s Reference, Berthe Amoss and Eric Suben talk about the most important ingredient in a book — plot. Read more

Intensive Research Is Important for Children”s Nonfiction

Author Robie Harris” books It”s Perfectly Normal: Changing Bodies, Growing Up, Sex, and Sexual Health and It”s So Amazing!: A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies, and Families focus on sexual health for kids. Here, Harris talks about the process of doing extensive research as she prepared her manuscripts. Read more

7 Questions: Richard Paul Evans

Richard Paul Evans answers Writer’s Digest’s 7 questions. Read more

3 Tips for Writing for Kids

Marcia T. Jones and Debbie Dadey, who have written more than 80 children’s books together, including Sea Monsters Don’t Ride Motorcycles, discuss the basics of developing an attention-grabbing plot when writing for children Read more

Five Tips for Writing Children’s Literature

If you are interested in writing stories for very small children, here are five tips that can help get you started. Read more

J.K. Rowling: On Setting Priorities

J.K Rowling discusses her influences, secrets about Harry Potter, and how she makes writing a priority. Read more

The 10 Commandments of Fiction Writing

Guide your writing ways with these 10 rules thou must not break.

by Raymond Obstfeld
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Picture book author Dori Chaconas writes what she knows

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

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