Writing for Children and Young Adults

From poetry to picture books, from nonfiction to novels, writing for children and young adults can be both personally and professionally satisfying. Learn how you can get involved in this competitive, but rewarding, field. Novices and more seasoned writers alike will get valuable tips on:

  • Finding appropriate book and magazine markets for children’s writing
  • Learning what topics will sell
  • Crafting query letters or book proposals
  • The art of writing and revising (then revising some more)
  • Using an agent
  • A look behind the scenes at the publishing process
  • Exploring self-publishing options

This workshop setting will offer ample opportunities for discussion, so feel free to bring along ideas or proposal drafts that you would like to discuss.

John Micklos, Jr.

John Micklos, Jr.

About the Writer

Workshop leader John Micklos, Jr. has written more than 40 books for readers from preschool through high school age. Titles include picture books, poetry books, and more than 30 nonfiction books covering a wide range of topics. His latest picture book, One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count with Me, published in fall 2017 by Penguin, has been chosen as a 2018 selection in Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program. Learn more about John’s work at www.JohnMicklosWriter.com or www.FirstStatePress.com (his self-publishing imprint).

Some of John’s Work

One Leaf, Two Leaves

One Leaf, Two Leaves

The Sound in the Basement

The Sound in the Basement

Written by Tery Griffin