Resources for Writers

This is a collection of links to helpful organizations, resources I have had a hand in creating, and assorted stuff I have found helpful as a writer. I hope they will help you too!

Upcoming webinars

From my own pen:

Oh, The Places Your Mind Can Go! Episode 3 at CHARM: Voices of Baltimore Youth (Literary Magazine Writing Prompt Video Series)

15 Picture Books That Demonstrate “Show, Don’t Tell”

Formatting Your Manuscript for Submission with Kathy MacMillan (free, on-demand webinar from SCBWI MD/DE/WV – available to SCBWI members only)

Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors, Part 1 (at PubCrawl)

Working with Public Libraries: A Guide for Authors, Part 2 (at PubCrawl)

10 Things Writers Need to Know About American Sign Language and Deaf Culture

Women in the Business Panel Podcast (from Balticon 51, May 2017)

Assorted Blog Posts About the Writing Process

Other resources:

Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators

Free on-demand webinars from SCBWI MD/DE/WV

Webinars for Creators of Children’s Books from SCBWI

Words & Pictures


Pencil Tips: Writing Workshop Strategies from Children’s Authors and Illustrators

A Launch Party Primer by Carrie Firestone (on the Sweet Sixteens blog)

Jane Friedman (see especially The Complete Guide to Query Letters)

YA Highway

YA and Kids Books Central

Disability in Kidlit

We Need Diverse Books


Pub(lishing) Crawl

Picture Book Word Count, and Other Rules That Are Meant to be Broken by Miranda Paul

Find lots more great resources on the Sweet Sixteens Links page.

Writing a Synopsis

How to Write a 1-Page Synopsis by Susan Dennard

How to Write a Novel Synopsis by Jane Friedman