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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

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Do you want to learn how to write for children? The Institute of Children's Literature has taught hundreds of thousands of aspiring writers, and the director of ICL is the host of Writing for Children. Bestselling children's author Katie Davis focuses on the craft of writing for children: how to write a children’s book, how to write for children’s magazines, how to get paid, and get published. There are listener questions, with answers from the experts at the Institute, plus hard-to-find resources and links included in every week's show notes. If you want to learn about how to get into children's publishing, Listen!

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Episodes

Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Jamie Tan | Writing for Children 234

2/27/2021
INTERVIEW WITH MAGGIE TOKUDA-HALL & JAMIE TAN Katie interviews award-winning author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and Candlewick Senior Publicist Jamie Tan about Maggie's latest book THE MERMAID, THE WITCH, AND THE SEA. We talk about: Gender fluidity in charactersShondaland interestMaggie’s lyrical writingHow Jamie did the publicity for this particular bookHow Maggie is brutal to her characters!Not shying away from being mean to your characters

Duration:00:24:19

Active and Passive Voice | Writing for Children 233

2/19/2021
ACTIVE AND PASSIVE VOICE Voice can be a tough thing to define and a tougher thing to master, but when I ran across this article about active voice and passive voice from my old friend Mary Rosenblum I knew I had to share it with my listeners. See how you can improve your active voice with these tips and take your work to the next level and beyond. Join the Institute of Children's Literature Community! Get our weekly newsletter with article and resources to improve your writing even more:...

Duration:00:08:22

Interview with Talia Benamy | Writing for Children 232

2/12/2021
INTERVIEW WITH TALIA BENAMY Talia Benamy is an associate editor at Philomel Books (an imprint of Penguin Young Readers), where she focuses on everything from picture books to middle grade and young adult novels. She has worked on books by Chelsea Clinton, Sonia Sotomayor, Temple Grandin, Jane Yolen, Abigail Harrison, Lisa Graff, Ruta Sepetys, Dev Petty, Sarah Brannen, and Terry Border. She sees books as having the amazing power to shape kids’ worldviews, and looks for manuscripts that have...

Duration:00:21:43

Things That Make Editors Cringe | Writing for Children 231

1/23/2021
THINGS THAT MAKE EDITORS CRINGE Nobody wants to make an editor (or anyone) cringe when they read your manuscript. Inspired by a post from Jamie K. Schmidt, we’re covering 10 things that make editors cringe with tips to avoid them. Be sure to head to writingforchildren.com/231 to download the show notes because many of these tips will be easier to see in writing. Everybody knows to use spellcheck or Grammarly when going over their writing. However, the following mistakes aren’t generally...

Duration:00:14:04

Agent Adria Goetz| Writing for Children 230

1/15/2021
INTERVIEW WITH AGENT ADRIA GOETZ Adria Goetz is a Literary Manager with Seattle-based Martin Literary & Media Management. She primarily represents picture books, middle grade, young adult, Lifestyle books, quirky gift books, as well as everything under the Christian umbrella. WE TALK ABOUT: What’s the secret to getting an agent?What is a nightmare client and what is a perfect client?How should a writer “shop” for an agent to impress?How does one pitch a wordless picture book to an...

Duration:00:17:55

Submissions | Writing for Children 229

1/8/2021
SUBMISSIONS It’s the beginning of a new year. A time that we as writers like to set goals for our writing success and dream about what our writing career will look like next year at this time. Maybe one of your goals this year is to submit your work to agents or editors. It can seem like a Herculean task, but like the old joke goes, how do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. In this episode, based on an article from our own Jan Fields, we’re going to talk about what you should worry...

Duration:00:11:24

NaNoWriMo Success: You're This Close | Writing for Children 228

11/27/2020
YOU'RE THIS CLOSE We're wrapping up our five part series on National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) with special guest Jamie K. Schmidt. Even if you're not writing a novel this month, we think you'll learn some tips and techniques to help you finish your novel on your timeline. We're so close to the finish line. Let's make these final days a success! We talk about: How to handle writing and the holidaysSaving a chunk of time to devote to catching upSecrets to writing a lotWhat to do when...

Duration:00:17:54

NaNoWriMo Success - Throw in a Dragon? | Writing for Children 227

11/20/2020
NANOWRIMO SUCCESS PART 4 - THROW IN A DRAGON? We are continuing our November National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebration with tips for writing 50,000 words in one month, which is 1,667 words per day. This is Part 4 in our 5-part series to help our listeners get through NaNoWriMo with support, encouragement, and some great ideas from Jamie K. Schmidt. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT • The sagging middle • How to go forward • Should you throw in a dragon? • Raising the stakes • Putting your...

Duration:00:17:50

NaNoWriMo Success - Get Past the Slump | Writing for Children 226

11/13/2020
NANOWRIMO SUCCESS PART 3 - GET PAST THE SLUMP We are continuing our November National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) celebration with tips for writing 50,000 words in one month, which is 1,667 words per day. This is Part 3 in our 5-part series to help our listeners get through NaNoWriMo with support, encouragement, and some great ideas from Jamie K. Schmidt. WHAT WE TALK ABOUT Check out our amazing self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Duration:00:10:29

NaNoWriMo Success - Digging In | Writing for Children 225

11/6/2020
NANOWRIMO SUCCESS PART 2 - DIGGING IN Welcome to Part 2 in our 5-part series to help our listeners get through NaNoWriMo with support, encouragement, and some great tips and ideas from Jamie K. Schmidt. Jamie is a bestselling author and a NaNoWriMo enthusiast. We talk about: How to stay on taskSeries biblesHow to watch out for black hole time suckLetting go of the need to write in orderHow to not let deleted scenes go to wasteSprints and the Pomodoro Method Check out our amazing self-led...

Duration:00:14:26

NaNoWriMo Success - Prepare | Writing for Children 224

10/30/2020
NANOWRIMO SUCCESS PART 1 - PREPARE National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is about to start. Every November, writers from around the world set out with the goal of writing a novel, about 50,000 words, in one month. We thought, how cool it would be to help our listeners get through NaNoWriMo with support, encouragement, and some great tips and ideas from someone who has successfully completed it. Join Jamie K. Schmidt and me for a little inspiration and a lot of motivation in this 5-part...

Duration:00:18:58

Tips for Your Mystery Opening Chapters | Writing for Children 223

10/23/2020
TIPS FOR YOUR MYSTERY OPENING CHAPTERS The first page of your mystery needs to intrigue your reader. It has to pull them in and make them wonder what’s going on or who did it. Today we bring you tips for your first pages from author Chaunie Bruise. Check out our amazing self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Duration:00:07:20

Planting Clues | Writing for Children 222

10/16/2020
PLANTING CLUES You’re in a race with your readers. The readers are trying to guess what will happen. You’re trying to spring that ‘whodunnit’ on the readers before they guess. Who will win? Those readers really don’t want to guess…they want to be surprised. But they want that sporting chance to beat you and get there ahead of you. Ideally, you have planted just enough clues, you have sneaked in just enough hints, that when you unveil that ‘whodunnit’, your readers sigh, “Oh, I should have...

Duration:00:07:27

Interview with Kate Milford | Writing for Children 221

10/9/2020
INTERVIEW WITH KATE MILFORD Kate Milford is the New York Times bestselling author of The Thief Knot, as well as Greenglass House (winner of the Edgar award for juvenile literature, long-listed for the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, and a nominee for the Andre Norton Award and the Agatha Award for Children’s/YA). We talk about: • What makes a good mystery? • Do you write a mystery differently than any other kind of novel? • What are 3 things every mystery should...

Duration:00:18:23

Planning Your Novel | Writing for Children 220

10/2/2020
PLANNING YOUR NOVEL At any time you speak to a writer, they may easily be either planning a novel, writing a novel, or revising a novel. Always. And sometimes a writer could be doing more than one of those at a time. As a result, a fairly streamlined process for novel creation can develop––for that writer, anyway––and Jan Fields’ process is a good one to share here. Make your novel the best it can be. Check out our self-led course Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Duration:00:14:06

For the Love of Genre | Writing for Children 219

9/25/2020
FOR THE LOVE OF GENRE Anyone who has been writing for children for any length of time knows that folks have a tendency to see writers for children as dabblers and writers for adults as real writers. In fact, many children's writers have flatly been asked when they're going to do a real book. And within children's writing, book authors are definitely given more respect than magazine writers. And if you write books, well, writing the more action oriented, plot driven genre are definitely seen...

Duration:00:11:06

Real Speech for Real People | Writing for Children 218

9/18/2020
REAL SPEECH FOR REAL PEOPLE Today’s episode is adapted from one of our lessons in the Shape, Write, Sell Your Novel course. This course will work with middle grade and YA novels as well as adult novels. You can check out more details at https://www.instituteforwriters.com/courses/ifws-advanced-novel-writing-course/ Dialogue is an essential component of creating distinct character voice, but of all aspects of writing, dialogue gives novice writers the biggest challenges. Once you...

Duration:00:08:54

Jamie K. Schmidt | Writing for Children 217

9/11/2020
INTERVIEW WITH JAMIE K. SCHMIDT Today’s guest expert is USA Today Bestselling romance novelist Jamie K. Schmidt, who also blogs for us on occasion. Jamie writes contemporary love stories and paranormal romances including the bestselling romantic comedy Life's a Beach and her 2018 RITA award finalist Stud.​ We talk about: • Writer burnout • Hybrid authors explained • Difference between YA romance novels and adult. • Recommendations for someone who is interested in writing romance Check...

Duration:00:46:19

8 Steps to Perfect Dialogue Format | Writing for Children 216

9/4/2020
8 STEPS TO PERFECT DIALOGUE FORMAT Formatting dialogue in any manuscript can be perplexing. This rebroadcast of a popular episode has 8 guidelines to make your dialogue the best it can be. Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Duration:00:15:30

How Structured is Your Picture Book? | Writing for Children 215

8/28/2020
HOW STRUCTURED IS YOUR PICTURE BOOK? One of the major problems editors encounter when reading picture book submissions is the lack of plot, or even purposeful organization. Today’s podcast is inspired by something Jan Fields did for us: a primer on picture book structure and how choosing a structure can help you make plot decisions. Check out our amazing new self-led course, Revision Power at writingforchildren.com/revisionpower

Duration:00:10:52