writing for children

Writing Workshops?

If you could take the following writing workshops, what would your top 5 picks be and why? If you don’t see a category you want, what is it?

  • Historical Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Mid-grade (general)
  • YA (general)
  • Dystopian
  • Easy Readers
  • Board Books
  • Writing for magazines
  • Blogging
  • Character development
  • Plot and Structure
  • Dialogue and setting
  • Beginnings, endings and the middle meat
  • Nonfiction

11 thoughts on “Writing Workshops?

  1. Hi Donna,
    All are important but my top five are MG, plot and structure, and character development, nonfiction, and magazines. I think my priorities vary depending on what I’m working on at the moment. I would like to build my magazine sells for my portfolio and also improve skills needing in writing novels.

    Thanks for asking? Is workshop planning spining in your head? I hope so.
    Linda A
    “Thrift and Gift”


  2. Hi Donna,
    If I could ever someday get to a writers workshop, I think I would choose as my top 5, not necessarily in this order:
    1. picture books
    2. Mid-grade (general)
    3. YA (general)
    4. writing for magazines
    5. easy reader

    What I would like to see is : writing in rhyme, and maybe a workshop on different styles of poetry that interest children. (I’m participating in a poetry challenge this month – writing a poem a day, so that is why I mention it.)



  3. I’ve attended a number of conferences where there’s a wide selection of workshops. Sometimes the topics are too vague and I would end up in a workshop that was disappointing, but there was always a worthwhile nugget.

    From your list my top picks would be:
    1. Plot and structure
    2. Dialogue and setting
    3. Writing for magazines

    The others don’t really fit with where I’m at since I write adult fiction… inspirational romantic suspense. I’d probably hope to find the following among the offerings:
    1. Coping with deadlines: a professional writer’s routine
    2. Contract complexities: what to expect from agents and publishers


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