Larry Brook, trainer and MAI board member, led writer workshops in several Asian countries last year. He shares about his Indonesia workshop here: We’re driving to Puncak in the Bogor Mountains outside of Jakarta, Indonesia. It’s time for the writer workshop organized by Robby Chandra of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church. I worked with this same
When a child asks Katherine Paterson, “Is your story true?” she answers, “I hope so. I meant for it to be true. I tried hard to make it so.” Some people think that because fiction is “made up,” it can’t be true. So storytellers are suspect. How can something which never actually happened, about people
We don’t generally grade books for adults by age. But in children’s books the age group really matters. Writing for a 5-year-old is not the same as writing for a 12-year-old. Children’s experience and understanding grow and develop all the time. Everything is changing: ● their vocabulary: the words they know ● the ideas they can grasp
Many people think that writing for children is easier than writing for adults; anyone can do it! It’s true that children’s books are shorter and less complex than books for adults. But it’s a mistake to think of them as a “soft option.” “Don’t write for children unless you must!” says children’s author Joan Aiken.
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