Children’s author and CWCC instructor Margo Dill is hosting a contest on her blog. You can win a free edit/critique of 10 pages of your novel or a short story from Margo. (You can give it to a friend or family member (including kids) if you don’t have anything.)
All you have to do is leave the title of a book you are reading this summer and if you would recommend it or not. Contest goes until July 31. Winner will be picked from random.org.
Find out more Here
Join us online every Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 CDT for our talk show about children’s books – Book Bites for Kids.
We’ll give information about the CWCC, tips about writing for children and the business of writing for children, plus exciting news from our club members and instructors who have new books!
This Wednesday, co-hosts Suzanne Lieurance and Donna McDine talk to CWCC member Kathy Stemke about her new picture book, Sh, Sh, Sh! Let the Baby Sleep!
To listen to the show, just go to www.bookbitesforkids.com at 2:00 CDT on Wednesday afternoon. You may also call in if you’d like to ask a question or make a comment – 1-646-716-9239!
I love being a member of CWCC for the networking, the lessons, the learning experiences I have gained from so many talented members, and the motivation and inspiration to keep improving.
The teleclasses are filled with great information that can be applied to writing in any genre but really help hone the skills of those who write for children.
I have been a member of the CWCC since 2008 and now have the confidence to write, revise, and submit my work to publishers and magazines. The CWCC has opened doors that I never would have recognized without the help of club members and Suzanne.
from Irene Roth
I just can’t say enough wonderful things about the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club!
I have been a member of the CWCC for over two years now. During this time, I have grown immensely as a freelance writer. When I think back to when I first joined the CWCC, I can still remember how lost I felt.
A few months ago, I reread some of my articles from that time in my writing career. While this was a humbling experience, it also showed me how much I have grown and improved as a writer.
I wasn’t published when I came to the CWCC, and now I have over 250 articles published online, and eight published articles for kids and teens in various magazines.
There are so many things about the club that have contributed to my improvement as a writer. Many times, one of the monthly teleclasses has motivated me to write articles and many of these articles has gotten published.
Through membership in the club, I have gained the confidence to actually write what I am passionate about. And that is a great thing.
Thank you, Suzanne and all of the teleclass instructors over the years. I look forward to many more years of instruction and improvement!
Read the review of CWCC member Kathy Stemke’s new book, Sh Sh Sh Let the Baby Sleep, at http://www.donna-mcdine.blogspot.com today.
We invite you to also come back for another visit on Thursday, June 23rd to meet Kathy through her wonderful interview.
Remember: Every answer or comment you make during Kathy’s book tour puts your name in the hat for a fantastic prize, which includes Amazon gift certificates, books, superhero figurines, and much more.
Check out that review right now and leave a comment to enter the contests!
At the beginning of every month I present a live 55-minute teleclass for all members of the CWCC. The teleclass is actually a telegathering, giving our club members the chance to get to know each other a little bit online. They can also interact as I present the lesson and assignment for the month.
Our telegathering teleclass for June took place on Wednesday, June 8th at 1:00 P.M. CDT. The topic for this month’s lesson and assignment was Setting Up a Summer Writing Schedule That Works Even With Kids Underfoot, Vacations to Take, and All Sorts of Other Distractions!
Members who couldn’t make it to the live telegathering teleclass this month can listen to the replay of this event to get the lesson and assignment.
Read the comments to this post to find out what some of our members thought of the teleclass.
from Suzanne Lieurance
This past weekend I attended Lights, Camera, Action: A Master Class on Plot presented by Cheryl Klein, senior editor of Arthur A. Levine Books (a division of Scholastic). This was an intensive class, equal to any graduate course I’ve ever taken. Klein is a brilliant editor and her ability to break down a novel and analyze every single element (and I’m not kidding here, she analyzes EVERYTHING in a manuscript) is nothing less than amazing. My brain actually hurt by the time this class was over! This was the first Master Class Klein has ever presented, and it was definitely a huge success!
I also picked up a copy of Klein’s new book, Second Sight: An Editor’s Talks on Writing, Revising & Publishing Books for Children and Young Adults, which SCBWI (sponsor for this event) was selling after the workshop was over. The book is a compilation of talks Klein has given to various writer’s groups across the country. As such, it’s very informative, but Klein’s brilliance as well as her quirky personality come through in the book, making it a thoroughly enjoyable read (I started reading it as soon as I got home from the Master Class and I finished it last night). She covers –
* Terrific first lines and how they got that way
* What makes a strong picture book manuscript
* Why the Harry Potter series was such a tremendous success
* Finding the emotional heart of your story
* Worksheets and checklists for building characters and bolstering plot
* The Annotated Query Letter from Hell
* And an Annotated Query Letter That Does It Right
About the Author
Cheryl B. Klein has worked as an editor of children’s and young adult books for more than a decade. She served as the continuity editor for the American editions of the last two Harry Potter novels, and books that she edited have won the William C. Morris YA Debut Award, the Sid Fleischman Humor Award, the Batchelder Award for translation, and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book citation, among other honors. Please visit her editorial website at www.cherylklein.com.
If this Master Class is ever offered in your neck of the woods, be sure to attend. It’s well worth the investment of time and money. And you’ll surely want to grab a copy of Second Sight, too!
by Nicole Weaver
I am fluent in four languages and consider myself a quick learner, but I got a rude awakening when I ventured out to write for children. I quickly learned it takes a specific set of skills to write for children. This is why I joined CWCC.
Suzanne Lieurance, founder and director of The National Writing for Children Center and the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club is a pro at what she does. Since joining the club, Suzanne has helped me hone in my writing skills. My second trilingual children’s book will be published by Guardian Angel Publishing in 2011.
The weekly teleclasses, weekly critiques, and marketing tips are well worth more than the $27 per month fee. A former instructor at the renowned Institute of Children Literature, Suzanne, and the other instructors at the CWCC (who are all published children’s writers) are able to provide club members with timely information that will help them to eventually get published.
I have also learned how to market myself through blogging, article writing and hosting other authors. Before joining the CWCC, I knew very little about marketing myself. Honestly, at the beginning I was quite scared to be among veteran writers. As a novice, I thought people would look down at me. Not so! Suzanne and the other writers welcomed me with open arms. I was pleasantly surprised when Suzanne allowed me to host other well established authors on my blog.
If you’re serious about writing for children, joining the CWCC will be the best investment you will make towards getting published.
by Terri Forehand
Writing for children is fun and rewarding. It is also hard work. The road to publication can be downright frustrating. Many authors find a writing coach or writing club to help them on the journey. Here are 5 great reasons to choose the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club Club for your journey into writing for children.
1. Improve writing skills so you get published. The CWCC offers weekly teleclasses given by Suzanne Lieurance and her team of talented and published authors. These classes focus on the variety of skills it takes to succeed as a children’s writer and to continue to hone your writing skills. Examples of what you may learn include:
Finding a niche
Writing exciting action
Revising and cutting unnecessary words
Show, don’t tell
Creating realistic dialog
2. Grow as an author. The CWCC offers critiques for your work giving club members concrete ideas on how to grow as a children’s author. Each month there are additional writing assignments that focus on a topic to help the member improve, pushing their talent beyond what they might accomplish on their own. The critique of your work teaches not only how to accept criticism but how to improve. The feedback is constructive and members soon begin to write tighter. It shows in the number of acceptances our members boast after only a few months in the club.
3. Set goals and a plan for success. The club requirements include setting realistic writing goals and actions to reach those goals. The encouragement offered by club members will go a long way to help each writer set challenging goals and design a set of actions to reach those goals.
4. Exposure for your work. As a club member you have many opportunities to present your writing to the group. Your work can be presented on a personal blog, as a guest post on another member’s blog, as an e-book for others, through affiliate programs on the sites of other authors, through contacts available from other club members, agents and publishers who frequent the club sites, or through other instructors who present for the club. Club members have access to contests, agents, publishing sites, and other potential contacts that would not otherwise be available for their work.
5. Networking and Marketing. Club members develop a marketing plan through club assignments and learn the skills for promoting their work. Club members write weekly marketing plans for promoting and begin early on to network on social media sites in preparation for their first (or next) published children’s book. Members can participate in virtual book tours for other published children’s authors and develop techniques to build a writing platform for their own work. Lifelong relationships are built between club members, many who are published or have valuable connections to the publishing world.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits when you join the Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club. As a four year member with my first prayer book coming out in February, I can promise you a fun and successful learning experience if you choose to join.
The Children’s Writers’ Coaching Club is pleased to welcome children’s author Bev Cooke to the club as our newest instructor.
Bev Cooke is first and foremost a writer. While young adult novels are her passion, she’ll write anything and everything that comes to mind – op-ed, journalism, book reviews, religious poetry and creative nonfiction are all areas in which she’s been published. But she’s proudest and most enthusiastic about her writing for Young Adults.
Her published novels include: Keeper of the Light, a historical fiction about an early Christian saint, from Conciliar Press; Feral, an edgy mainstream that Orca Book Publishers brought out, and Royal Monastic, a biography of Princess Ileana of Romania, also published by Conciliar.
Bev’s latest publication is a religious prose poem for the Orthodox Church: Akathist to St. Mary of Egypt, published by Alexander Press. When she’s not writing, she’s thinking about writing, feeling guilty about not writing or enjoying her time with her husband and two adult children, the cat and the homicidal lovebird.