Pre-PiBoIdMo Day 2: On the Road with Laurie Wallmark (plus a prize!)

Writing for Kids (While Raising Them)

by Laurie Wallmark

When I teach classes on writing for children, I tell my students there are only three necessary traits for being a writer. They raise their pens, ready to record the insider tricks I’m about to share that will pave their road to publication. Unfortunately, there are no magic incantations or secret handshakes to initiate you into the world of writers. All you need are three things:

  • a modicum of talent;
  • a willingness to learn and improve your craft;
  • and perseverance.

When I say “modicum of talent,” I mean exactly that. You don’t need to be the next Maya Angelou or Ernest Hemingway. You do, though, need a little something. As a child, were you the one who enthralled your classmates on the playground with your stories? Did you write love poems or protest songs? Do you make up fairy tales for your children every night? Are you…

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