Posted by: Kathy Temean | June 16, 2011

Newbies! Learn the Basics of Children’s Writing

Eileen Robinson attended the New Jersey SCBWI June Conference.  Some of you probably had a workhsop or critique with her or managed to get a few minutes to talk to her at the Mix and Mingle or lunch.  She is also going to be out in LA for the 40th Anniversary Conference in August. Eileen heads her own company Fr1st Pages, which help writers hone their manuscripts.

I thought you might like to know that if you have started to write children’s books and want to learn the basics, you can join this former executive editor of Scholastic children’s publishing and discover what you need to know to write for children. It is an online class given through and from what she tells me it is highly interactive, hands-on course.  You’ll take pen to paper and begin work on your first fiction or nonfiction manuscript. In the process, you’ll explore the changing world of children’s literature and understand the various formats, whether it’s early readers, picture books, chapter books, middle grade or young adult novels. You’ll get insights from publishing professionals to gain a better understanding of the needs of today’s market.

She says, “By the time you finish this course, you’ll have all the tools and resources you’ll need to begin navigating the world of children’s publishing and to continue growing as a writer for children.’s+Writing&course=wfc&tab=detail

Courses are every six weeks through September.

Talk tomorrow,



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