What do Madonna, Sandra Day O'Conner and Judy Blume all have in common? They are all authors of books for children. While there is no easy, sure-fire way to get published, there are tricks of the trade that will help. In this hands-on workshop, Carol Baldwin, author of "Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8," will use her 15 years of experience leading the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators local critique group to talk about writing picture, chapter and young adult books as well as non-fiction and magazine articles. Upon enrollment in the class, you will receive an invitation for the class wiki site (http://writing4children.pbworks.com), an online, editable website for class assignments, postings, student work and critiques. Go to the front page of the wiki, click on the link to request access. The instructor will respond via email. Then follow the instructions on the front page several days before the class begins. Suggested supplemental text: ?Teaching the Story: Fiction Writing in Grades 4-8.? Bring to class: Composition book, pen, red pen or pencil.

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