If you want to write books* but aren’t sure where to begin…
- Consider joining the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. It’s an international writing organization that hosts conferences, critique groups, retreats, and much more—and it provides valuable information and resources on the craft of writing and the business of publishing.
- Look into joining the Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults program at Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA). This program provides the invaluable experience of studying with respected authors in the field of children’s literature, and it’s also a wonderful place to build a strong writer’s community. VCFA also has programs in writing and writing and publishing.
- Explore author Anita Strawn de Ojeda’s writing posts and resources (and see her book reviews and photography while you’re there!).
- Check out story coach Lisa Cron’s trove of free writing resources.
- See children’s/YA author and VCFA faculty member Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations blog.
- Children’s/YA author and VCFA faculty member Kekla Magoon’s blog is full of industry- and craft-related articles.
- K. C. Maguire’s blog can help you navigate the legal issues inherent in writing.
- Dianne Matich’s website features posts that give a window into the craft skills you’d acquire in a MFA program.
- Upstart Crow Literary’s blog announces the agency’s books as they become published and also features insightful articles on the business of publishing.
*This page is mostly made up of resources specific to writing for children and young adults, but many of the links provide great information on writing in general.
I will update this page regularly as I discover and remember other fantastic resources, so be sure to check back soon!