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.
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.
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 local events and critique groups for those interested. If you are a writer between the ages of 13-18, check out Young Willamette Writers to help get you started on your journey.