Are you interested in writing for children or young adults, but don’t know where to start? Below is a list of my favorite resources that have helped me navigate the unforgettable world of writing for young audiences. I’ve posted these under the “Resources for Writers” tab at the top of the page for easy access. This isn’t an all encompassing list, but it’s a great place to start.
Cynsations– This is the online home of the award-wining author Cynthia Leitich-Smith. Her website is filled with children’s and young adult literature resources, industry knowledge and insight, author interviews, and so much more. This is one of my go to resources for inspiration and motivation. While you’re there, check out her award-winning, young adult novel Hearts Unbroken!
Inkygirl– Inkygirl is the online home of author/illustrator Debbie Ridpath Ohi. This website offers insight on how to tackle the ever elusive picture book, resources for authors, interviews, how to manage productivity, plus more. Also, check out her picture books! They are fantastic.
Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators– SCBWI is a valuable resource for any writer looking to write for children and teens. There are local chapters and events, plus national conferences that showcase leading industry professionals.
Vermont College of Fine Arts– VCFA has a special place in my heart. It’s not only my alma mater, but it’s also home to one of the top MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults programs in the United States. For those interested in an MFA program, I highly recommend VCFA. It changed my life.
Willamette Writers– Willamette Writers is an organization local to Oregon. They hold an annual summer conference in Portland, OR that offers pitching opportunities, manuscript critiques, and lectures focusing on various craft topics. There are also local events and critique groups for those interested. Also, if you are a writer between the ages of 13-18, check out Young Willamette Writers to help get you started on your journey.