Work on Your Craft


It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been writing.  You can always work on your craft and improve your writing.  There are many ways to do this.

  1. Take a class

There are writing classes at community colleges.  There are also many, many online courses for writers.  Here are links to author websites where you can find excellent children’s writing courses that I have taken over the years.  I highly recommend any of them.



  1. Find critique partners – I have belonged to several different critique groups over the years.  The support and help I have received has been enormous.  When you share your writing with someone, it is very personal.  There is a certain level of trust required.  Once you find a good group, you will not want to lose them.  Good critique groups can become like a second family.  Treasure them.


  1. Go to a writing retreat.  This is still on my list.  I haven’t been to a writing retreat yet, but I am considering hosting one at my house soon.  Imagine spending quiet hours during the day writing on your work-in-progress and convening with other readers over a good meal to discuss your day’s work.


  1. Join a writing organization.  I have been a member of SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) for a long time.  I have made valuable contacts and have gotten excellent writing resources from them.


  1. Finally, read, read, read. Truly great writers were readers first.  You can teach yourself what good reading sounds like by reading.

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