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.
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
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
Write. An idea only becomes
a story if it's written down.
Read. Read. Read. Read the genre you want to write, published in the last 5 years.
Find a community of people with a similar goal.
Give and receive thoughtful critiques.