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Writing Resources

SCBWI: the Society for Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators - they have many resources and events. They have a large number of critique groups you can join, webinars, events, and both regional and national conferences. It's a great place to network, learn, get critiques, and find community. 

KidLit411: they have a website full of information, but they also have a FB group that is a great place to ask questions. 

 

Underdown/The Purple Crayon: a website run by Harold Underdown, a long-time editor and kid lit industry expert - features a lot of great information.

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Online Events

Storystorm: annual month-long event (FREE) where participants attempt to generate at least one picture book idea per day. 

 

12x12: an online community and webinar series that encourages members to complete or revise one picture book draft per month. 

 

NaNaWriMo: annual month-long event where participants attempt to finish a draft of their novel.  

Kids Book Revisions: Online workshops and classes run by Harold Underdown

Inked Voices: online workshops and paid critiques

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Workshops and Conferences

SCBWI: has two national conferences a year in NYC and LA. There are also a lot of regional conferences. 

 

ABLA Big Sur and Cape Cod writing workshops - especially great for anyone looking for an agent or just wanting well-informed critiques. 

 

Highlights workshops: week-long sessions at the highlights property. 

 

Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature Annual Conference 

 

Local Writing Groups: For example there is the Writer’s Loft near Boston, and the Writing Barn in Austin. 

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Books

Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books by Harold Underdown

 

Children’s Writer’s and Illustrators Market - annual publication detailing publishing houses

 

SCBWI’s THE BOOK - annual guide to publishing houses

1.

Write. An idea only becomes

a story if it's written down. 

2.

Read. Read. Read. Read the genre you want to write, published in the last 5 years.

3.

Find a community of people with a similar goal.

4.

Give and receive thoughtful critiques.