Resources

Do you want to become a children’s book author? If so…WELCOME!!

Everyone’s path to publication is different. Here are some resources to help you find your way:

READ the kind of books you want to write! READ tons of children's books of all kinds—picture books, chapter books, middle-grade novels, and YA novels. Within those books, read a range of stories from funny to serious to heartfelt stories. Reading books helps you discover which books you like the most, what you want to write, and where your stories might fit into the market.

Hone your craft! Whether you live in Minneapolis, MN, or somewhere else, you can take classes in-person or online at The Loft Literary Center in writing for children. It’s a great place to try something new. The Loft Literary Center 

There are also several programs that offer an M.F.A. in writing for children. Trisha Speed Shaskan received her M.F.A. in creative writing from Minnesota State University, which offers a great program that focuses on adult fiction/nonfiction.

The Children's Writers and Illustrator’s Market Book: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published (updated annually) ed. by Chuck Sambuchino contains articles on writing for children and how to get published.

Learn the business-side! Join SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators)! While writing classes and programs can help you hone your craft, this organization will help you navigate the business-side of writing for children, for example how to get an agent to represent your work, which is important. This organization also hosts conferences where you can meet other aspiring authors and authors. Trisha has been a member of SCBWI for about twenty years. SCBWI 

More on SCBWI…

SCBWI  has a chapter in each state. For example, MN Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (MN SCBWI) has a great fall conference in October each year. MN SCBWI 

*If you're in another state, check out when that chapter is having a conference.