Nancy S. Levinson - Advice


Advice to young writers:

The best way to begin writing is by becoming a reader. There are so many wonderful books available that you should have a happy and easy time selecting titles that appeal to you. You might even join a book club at your school or public library. The more you read the better your writing will become, both in your creative efforts and in your school-assignment.

You might also keep a journal. You don't have to write in it every day, but you can enjoy keeping notes on thoughts, feelings, and observations whenever you want.

Advice to adult writers:

Read, read, read.

Spend time at your library and read children's books that have been published throughout the years. Go to a book store and read books that are currently published.

You might join an organization that is very helpful and supportive----Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. You can get information about this national organization, as well as a state or local chapter by clicking on the link above.

Another organization that I recommend is The Children's Literature Council of Southern California which is a non-profit organization that promotes greater interest in literature for children and young people and encourages excellence in the production and selection of books in that field. The work of the Council is accomplished through the cooperative effort of its members who include school and public librarians, teachers, authors, illustrators, publishers, booksellers, parents, and others interested in children's and young adult literature. This diversity means that members share a wealth of expertise.

An excellent book to help you begin learning about children's books is "The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children," by Nancy Lamb, Writer's Digest Books, 200l.