PICTURE BOOKS

MIDDLE GRADE

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Picture Books

Middle Grade, Picture Books, Young Adult

Welcome to KidLit Craft!

Hello, lovely readers! We are official launched! We’ve been working over the past year to move our mglunchbreak.com blog to our new home at kidlitcraft.com. We’ll continue to bring you in-depth craft reviews of middle grade books, as well as conference takeaways, book recommendations, and author interviews. In the months ahead, we’ll be adding both […]

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by Elizabeth Van Tassel Do you need some dedicated time away from the demands of life to kickstart your writing? There are many options—from national conferences to regional conferences to writing retreats. Selecting the right experience for you can be as challenging as finding the perfect book at the bookstore. Typically, I’ve attended large conferences […]

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complied by Becky Levine and Kristi Wright This year’s Spring Spirit–a one-day SCBWI conference sponsored by the California: North/Central Region–was, as usual, a wonderful day. There is always so much energy in the air. People are excited to attend the sessions, but they’re also greeting old friends and making new ones. Going to writing conferences […]

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We’re off for a couple weeks, as we find rejuvenation in sand and sea, on streets and in bookshops, in stepping away from the everyday. Look for new posts at the end of April! How do you relax and refresh? What kind of break gives you the energy to return to your creative work with […]

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interview by Anne-Marie Strohman We’re so pleased to welcome Amy Dixon to the blog! I met Amy a couple decades ago through friends when we both lived in San Luis Obispo, California. It’s been delightful to reconnect over the last few years through writing for children. Amy’s writing journey began with picture books, and I […]

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Not enough time to read about craft? You can listen about craft! A few of our members are avid podcast listeners and have a number of writing podcasts they listen to. Others of us are interested to find great listening material that will help us grow as writers. So we’ve compiled a list of great […]

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compiled by Kristi Wright In August, many of our members attended our regional SCBWI Agents Day in the San Francisco Bay Area. We came away with many ideas about craft and nuggets wisdom. We’ve compiled some of our insights from the conference for you here. We hope they inspire you in your own writing! From […]

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We writers write and read all year round. Even when we’re taking a break from everyday life. What’s better than a beach vacation with a good book? Or sitting on a porch in the mountains with a notebook in hand? But we all need a break sometimes, even from writing. I took a three-week vacation […]

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As middle grade writers, it’s often difficult to get substantial feedback from industry professionals on our work. Here are five opportunities that give you more feedback than the average conference critique: Rutgers One-on-One Plus Date: October 21, 2017 Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey Application Deadline: June 27, 2017 http://ruccl.org/conference/about-one-on-one-plus.html http://ruccl.org/application/conference-application.html The One-on-One Plus pairs each […]

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In early March, many of our members attended the our regional SCBWI conference at Asilomar conference center near Monterey, CA. In addition to a windswept beach for inspirational walks, the conference offered an amazing faculty as well as time to hang out with other writers in person. The theme was Find the Heart In Your […]

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