Writing for Children

Finding a Good Freelance Editor or Critiquer

Apr 5th, 2016 | By
finding a good freelance editor

Many people hire a freelance editor to help with revising and polishing their manuscripts, especially if they are just starting out as a writer or are encountering difficulties with selling a particular manuscript. Some folks who are in local or online critique groups get this type of feedback from their

Writing for Children: Maximize Your Natural Skills

Mar 15th, 2016 | By
writing for children

The first movie I ever saw with Anne Hathaway was Princess Diaries. Delightfully awkward and adorably klutzy, I thought she did an amazing acting job. When I watched her in other performances, however, I realized that a lot of it wasn’t acting at all. The movie maximized Anne’s natural personality

Rewriting a Folktale

Mar 8th, 2016 | By
rewriting a folktale

When a writer’s muse seems to be on vacation, she may be at a loss for story ideas. While there are a number of sites and tools online to help get the creative juices flowing, one tool that writers might overlook is studying folktales. Reading folktales is a great way

Nonfiction Structure for Children’s Magazine Articles

Mar 3rd, 2016 | By
nonfiction structure for children's magazine articles

One of the things I like best about writing nonfiction for children’s magazines is the wide array of structures, or formats, in which material can be presented. Nonfiction articles can take the form of narrative prose, how-to’s, quizzes, verse, personal experience, slice-of-life, profiles, informational pieces, as-told-to’s, or some combination of

Finding Your Focus for a Children’s Magazine Article

Feb 5th, 2016 | By
finding your focus for a children's magazine article

Writing nonfiction articles is one of the fastest ways to get published in children’s magazines. But although many of these magazines are hungry for well-written nonfiction, editors still reject a good portion of the submissions they receive. One reason for these rejections is that many articles lack a narrow focus.

Write for Children’s Magazines – Six Tips

Jan 31st, 2016 | By
writing for kids

by Suzanne Lieurance It’s no secret that one of the best ways to break into the children’s magazine markets is with nonfiction. So follow these 6 tips to have the best chance of acceptance with your short articles for children. Write for Children’s Magazines – 6 Tips 1. Study the

Research is Like Washing Dishes

Jan 25th, 2016 | By
Research is like washing dishes

When you’re making a meal and progressing through masses of dirty pots and pans, which do you usually do…wash them as you go, or pile them up to tackle later? Growing up on a dairy farm the youngest of seven children, we just piled them up to save for later.

New Year’s Resolutions and Semantics

Jan 3rd, 2016 | By

by Melissa Abramovitz Words, of course, are a writer’s main tools of the trade. So it isn’t surprising that I, as a writer, would find a solution to my New Year’s resolution crisis by re-interpreting and analyzing words. I began thinking about this mini-crisis last week, when I realized that

Gifts for Children’s Writers

Dec 22nd, 2015 | By
Thomas the Train Backpack

by Nancy I. Sanders This holiday season, give yourself gifts to nourish your writer’s soul. Here are some ideas for a potential gift list! Gifts for Children’s Writers A SET OF CHILDREN’S DISHES For breakfast. To start your day. To step into the world of a child first thing

Writing Tips from Children’s Authors D. B. Sanders and Dicksy Wilson

Dec 17th, 2015 | By
Authors of a Caterpillar, a Bee, and a VERY Big Tree

Today, the Working Writer’s Club  is  hosting Day 4 of a 5-day virtual tour for A Caterpillar, a Bee, and a VERY Big Tree, a new picture book by D. B. Sanders and Dicksy Wilson. This tour is sponsored by the National Writing for Children Center. In today’s post,

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