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Writing for Children and Young Adults, 2nd Edition

Writing for Children and Young Adults, 2nd Edition    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-55180-813-0
Pages 192
Language English only
Price $19.95
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Written by Dr. Marion Crook.
Published by Self-Counsel Press, 2008.


Do you have an active imagination? What about an adventurous spirit? Then why not apply them to writing a children’s book? Whether picture book or novel, fiction or nonfiction, writing for a young audience is about creating a vibrant connection with the children or young adults who read your book. To enable young readers to plunge into the world you create, you need a grounding in the fundamental elements of a children’s story and in the craft of writing. This way your story can inspire and educate your readers, and meet the needs of publishers.

Loaded with illustrative examples, Writing for Children and Young Adults will show you how to translate your ideas into stories that will delight, intrigue and satisfy your readers.

Learn how to:
  • Determine which age group to write for
  • Develop believable characters
  • Discover what motivates your characters
  • Write the first line – and the first chapter
  • Research settings
  • Write realistic dialogue
  • Use conflict and tension effectively
  • Work turning points into your plot
  • Create intimacy with the reader
  • Banish writer’s block
  • Submit your manuscript to publishers
  • Deal with criticism
  • Promote your published book
In addition to the printed forms, Writing for Children and Young Adults also includes a CD-ROM, for use on a Windows-based PC, which contains examples, worksheets and additional resources.

System Requirements:
  • CD-ROM drive
  • MS Word or compatible word processor
  • A current web browser (version 5 or later)
  • MS Windows 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, or NT4
About the author: Marion Crooks’ work includes ten novels and eight other nonfiction books for children and young adults. Dr. Crook also teachers writing and holds a Ph.D. in Education.

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This page last modified: January 22, 2008

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