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Wise Words from Christine Pakkala: Writing for Children Sneak Peak

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Too excited for this weekend’s Saturday workshop “Writing for Children,” I thought I’d take a peek at the lesson plan and share a few goodies:

  • Read books—the classics you grew up reading and new books your kids and grandkids are reading. Read them with a sharp eye: how does the author use dialogue, action, language to tell her story?
  • Take one of those stories you’ve read and type up a page of it. See how it looks on the (your) computer screen. Note how much white space is on the page!
  • Spend time with children. Listen to the way they talk. Take notes. If you’re writing for school-age children, volunteer in the school library or in the classroom.

More wisdom and tips this Saturday, hope to see you there!

-Cindy

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