I'm often asked how to get started writing for young readers. In addition to my answers here, I suggest joining the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, an international organization with chapters worldwide. Attend a conference for your local chapter or region, or one of SCBWI's two national conferences held each year. For writers on the U.S. East Coast, I also recommend Rutgers One-on-One.
My first picture book, Loon Chase, was partly inspired by the voice of a loon, a sound that hauntingly captures the essence of our solo journeys. While writing can be a very solo activity, every writer needs community, For constructive editing, encouragement, and all-around help moving forward with your work, join an in-person or online critique group. Also check out Jane Yolen's famous "BIC" and other good advice in this Writer's FAQ.
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