Category: Writer’s craft

Barry Cunningham’s tips on strong beginnings in children’s books

Barry Cunningham’s tips on strong beginnings in children’s books

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014 |

Here’s a summary of an exclusive Twitter chat hosted by SCBWI British Isles with Barry Cunningham of Chicken House, answering writers’ questions on what makes a strong chapter 1 in a children’s book.

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How to write strong dialogue in children’s books

How to write strong dialogue in children’s books

[ 6 ] February 17, 2014 |

Thanks again everybody for coming along to our SCBWI British Isles teach-in on 1 February at Edinburgh’s Central Library, looking at how to write strong dialogue in children’s books. Below are the collected tips shared by the group, and notice of Strong Beginnings: our first writer’s craft intensive on 29 March, hosted by Keith Gray. Read on!

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20 tips on writing vivid characters from SCBWI SE Scotland teach-in

20 tips on writing vivid characters from SCBWI SE Scotland teach-in

[ 1 ] December 15, 2013 |

SCBWI Southeast Scotland had our second successful teach-in at the Edinburgh Central Library this weekend, and we were delighted to welcome 17 attendees in total. If you’re writing a children’s book or you’re an illustrator wanting to get into picture books, you’re welcome to come along and find out what we’re all about.

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Psst, are you writing a children’s book? Meet SCBWI

Psst, are you writing a children’s book? Meet SCBWI

[ 4 ] March 26, 2013 |

Eight years ago, I wrote a children’s book, but I didn’t get my happy ending. I shopped it around to a few literary agents, had my confidence punctured by two rejections in quick succession, and put away my dreams (and the unfinished sequel) while I got on with family life. Eight months ago, I jump-started […]

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Do writers need to plan their route?

Do writers need to plan their route?

[ 0 ] February 16, 2013 |

I am reading the ever-fascinating “Write to be Published” by Nicola Morgan, which argues – rather cleverly in light of the title – that no writer actually has the “right” to be published. Rather, we as aspiring writers must be realistic about the market who would buy our book, the ability of the bookseller to […]

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Waiting to get published

Waiting to get published

[ 0 ] January 30, 2013 |

If you haven’t seen this remarkable article by Jane Friedman, and you are an aspiring writer still trying to get published, please go read it now.

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What makes a satisfying read?

What makes a satisfying read?

[ 0 ] January 28, 2013 |

Huge thanks go out to literary agents Lucy Juckes from Jenny Brown Associates, and Lindsey Fraser and Kathryn Ross in Edinburgh who organized “Writing for Children Under 12 – The Inside Story” here in Edinburgh this January.

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