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The following are a few of my favorite links and resources that you might find interesting.

  • Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writng for Children and Young Adults Program ~ I can't speak highly enough about this program. I'd been writing for eleven years when I entered it in July 1997. It's an incredible two-year program, in "low-residency" format, meaning students spend just ten days at the start of each semester on campus in Montpelier, VT, and work the rest of the time at home, via correspondence, one-on-one with a mentor/advisor. Some students are already published when they begin the program, many are not. Each of the faculty members is not only a wonderful writer, but a good teacher as well. I worked with Sharon Darrow, Ellen Howard, Graham Salisbury and Phyllis Root.
  • SCBWI ~ The website of the national organization of children's writers. If you're serious about writing for children, join! In addition to publishing a great newsletter and other publications, offering grants, running conferences (national and regional) and providing opportunities for networking, they're a really nice group of people
  • The Purple Crayon ~ Want to write for kids? Editor Harold Underdown's site has a lot of information that will help you get started.
  • Write4Kids ~ "The Children's Writing Supersite" of Children's Book Insider.


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