A blog about reading, writing, finding and studying children’s books

A blog about reading, writing, finding and studying children’s books

Children’s book writing prompt lucky dip #1
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Over the course of my Novel Writing MA, I produced thousands of words of creative writing in response to weekly assignments, all of which were workshopped and critiqued by tutors and classmates. I invented characters, scenarios and locations every day and thought hey, these ideas are just oozing out of me! What’s writer’s block again? But when it came time…

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How to write a creepy graveyard in middle grade or YA
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Hi there, horror fans! Not much beats the eerie atmosphere of an empty cemetery in the middle of the night, am I right? They’re dark and shadowy, spookily silent and totally empty – you hope! Everybody knows cemeteries are a breeding ground for ghosts seeking closure (you did know that, right?) but they can still make a fantastic setting for…

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Siobhan O'Brien Holmes – editor

Hello and welcome to Writer and the Wolf blog! I'm Siobhán and I'm a developmental editor of children's and YA books. This is where I post advice and tips for authors, parents, librarians and anyone who loves children's books!

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Joelle Wisler
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