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Everything You Need to Know about Writing Children’s Books 2013 | October 20 – October 22, 2013

This intensive two-day workshop is designed to give writers working on everything from picture books to young-adult novels a comprehensive introduction to children’s book writing. You will learn the practical needs of a writer, as well as how to foster creativity, seek feedback, and deal with the complicated children’s book market. You will also get a detailed introduction to the many types of children’s and YA books and the various needs and interests of children of different ages.

Harold Underdown is an experienced children’s book editor who runs The Purple Crayon website, which provides information about children’s publishing, and he is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books. Children’s book professionals—authors, librarians, editors, and others—will share their expertise, answer your burning questions, and provide you with the tools you need to start and continue writing.

Topics include

  • practical needs of a writer;
  • getting started tips;
  • fostering creativity;
  • the many kinds of children’s books;
  • how to write for different ages and purposes;
  • getting good feedback; and
  • dealing with the market.

You will also meet with a mentor for a one-on-one review of your manuscript.

Immediately preceding this workshop, we are offering Everything You Need to Know About Children’s Book Publishing: A Crash Course, from October 18-20. For a special price of $1045, you can attend both workshops.

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