Websites, Newsletters, Online Forums,
& Critique Groups
for writers of children’s books
WEBSITES (Sources and articles about writing for children)
- Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) – Start Here.
- Institute for Children’s Literature: Online writing courses, articles, and an excellent newsletter
- Harold Underdown’s Purple Crayon: articles & links
- Middle grade novels (Robert Kent–incl interviews with writers, agents, editors)
- Aaron Shepard’s Kidwriting Page: articles & links by the author of “The Business of Writing for Children”
- Children’s Book Insider: SuperSite: articles & newsletter (membership)
- Writer’s Digest: Articles, contests, newsletters, links. (Not specific to children’s writers)
- Writer’s Digest – 2012, 101 Best Websites for Writers (Should this site be included?)
- Dianne Ochiltree offers Writing Tips, Links, and more
- Julie Hedlund also offers Writing Tips, Links, Author and Agent interviews
- Rate Your Story: Submit a story and it will be rated for publishability.
- Children’s Writer Resources: a monster list of resources for children’s writers
- SUITE101: Huge listing of articles about writing & publishing (not children’s writing specific)
- Susanna Hill: Children’s author.
- Booktalking: Anastasia Suen’s updated info on what’s going on in the kids’ book biz.
- Author/Illustrator April Robins offers news, articles, interviews & more
- Carol Munro – Just Write Words award winning copywriter and children’s author
- Secrets of Writing for Children (Margot Finke’s site)
NEWSLETTERS and EZINES
- Writing for Children’s Magazines (e-zine by Evelyn Christensen)
- Children’s Writers e-News: FREE from the Instititute of Children’s Literature
- Childrens Writer: From the Institute of Children’s Literature. Outstanding monthly snail-mail newsletter. Includes market info section. 12 issues for $19 includes free contest submissions.
- Children’s Book Insider (CBI Clubhouse): For $5.49 a month, you get a newsletter and access to “CBI Clubhouse, the members-only sections with videos, articles and interviews.
- Writers in the Sky Click the newsletter or blog links.
ONLINE FORUMS FOR CHILDREN’S WRITERS
- Absolute Write Water Cooler: Active message board for writers, covering all aspects of the craft and business of writing.
- Childrens Writers Yahoo Community – Fairly active community
- Nonfiction For Kids (Yahoo board): Discusses writing and publishing children’s nonfiction.
- Red River Writers: ( a Facebook page) A networking group. Features regular interviews.
- Agent Query Connect: Networking site dealing with the process of manuscript submission
- ShoutLife: A Christian social networking site for authors and musicians
WRITING ORGANIZATIONS, WORKSHOPS, COURSES and CONFERENCES
- Squidoo list of National (US) and International Writing Organizations
- SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators)
- SCBWI listing of conferences and events
- Institute for Children’s Literature: Well-known and respected correspondence course which teaches all genres of kids’ writing.
- Picture Book Academy: Courses for both writing and illustration Children’s Books
- 12 x 12 – Julie Hedlund.com: a challenge to write one Picture Book a month.
- Working Writers Club: Articles for published & aspiring authors.
- WriteOnCon: Pitchfests and a FREE online writers’ conference every August
- Kids Book Revisions: Online manuscript revision course from book editor Harold Underdown
- Just Write for Kids: Best selling author and Editorial Director, Emma Walton Hamilton
- Making Picture Book Magic: How To Write Children’s Picture Books – Author Susanna Hill
- Online Writing classes through Writers.com
- Highlights Foundation: If you can afford to attend their writers workshops, they are among the very best. Some scholarships available.
- WOW: Women on Writinghttp: Offers online courses and has a great website for writers of all genres.
BOOKS on Writing for Children
- A Treasure Trove of Opportunity: How to Write and Sell Articles for Children’s Magazines (Melissa Abramovitz)
- The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books, 3rd Edition (by Harold Underdown)
- Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide from Story Creation to Publication (Ann Whitford Paul) — My personal favorite
- Spilling Ink: A Young Writer’s Handbook
CRITIQUE and EDITING SERVICES
- Mira Reisberg: (Coaching, editing and critiquing Children’s fiction, nonfiction, query letters)
- Rachelle Burk: (Children’s fiction, nonfiction, and rhyming books)
- Writers in the Sky Creative Writing Services
- Ellen Dreyer: novels (middle grade and young adult)
- Harold Underdown (Harold’s Purple Crayon site)
- Emma Walton Hamilton: Best selling author and Editorial Director
- Margot Finke
- Tiffany Strelitz Haber: rhyming books
- Jackie Hosking: Specializes in rhyming books