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The following are a few of my favorite links and resources that you might find interesting.

  • Anita Silvey's Book-A-Day Almanac ~ Daily children's book recommendations and events from Anita Silvey.
  • Cynsations ~ The blog of award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith.
  • Kidlit411 ~ All sorts of sources and resources for children's writers.
  • Teaching Authors ~ Six children's book authors with a wide range (and many years) of experience teaching writing to children, teens, and adults. They share their unique perspective as writing teachers who are also working writers. Their features include writing exercises ("Writing Workouts"), teaching tips, author interviews, book reviews, and more.
  • Wordswimmer ~ Weekly musings and insights on the writing process by author Bruce Black.
  • Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writng for Children and Young Adults Program ~ I can't speak highly enough about this program. I'd been writing for eleven years when I entered it in July 1997. It's an incredible two-year program, in "low-residency" format, meaning students spend just ten days at the start of each semester on campus in Montpelier, VT, and work the rest of the time at home, via correspondence, one-on-one with a mentor/advisor. Some students are already published when they begin the program, many are not. Each of the faculty members is not only a wonderful writer, but a good teacher as well. I worked with Sharon Darrow, Ellen Howard, Graham Salisbury and Phyllis Root.
  • Buffalo-Niagara Childrens Writers and Illustrators ~ A group from the Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Western New York area geared toward writers and illustrators of picture books, middle grade, and young adult books.
  • SCBWI ~ The website of the Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators--the international organization of children's writers. If you're serious about writing for children, join! In addition to publishing a great newsletter and other publications, offering grants, running conferences (national and regional) and providing opportunities for networking, they're a really nice group of people
  • SCBWI New YorkWest/Central Upstate Region ~ SCBWI information for people who live in Western and Central New York.
  • The Purple Crayon ~ Want to write for kids? Editor Harold Underdown's site has a lot of information that will help you get started.
  • Write4Kids ~ "The Children's Writing Supersite" of Children's Book Insider.

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