Though I have always enjoyed writing in one form or another ever since I could write, I only started writing for children seriously last year.
Since then I have come across some wonderful online writing challenges. They range from generating ideas to writing picture book drafts. I have been able to be part of a creative community right from behind my lonely computer (if you don't count the rambunctious two running around) , and I have made great friends and discovered and learned so much more than I knew about the world of writing for children. A lot of these challenges also include great prizes for participants and have some lively Facebook groups.
Here are some of my favourite challenges. I will go into more detail about them in the future. Most of these challenges run every year, so don’t worry if you missed out this year.
Make sure you sign up for the first Week of Writing Non-Fiction Picture Books starting on the 1st of July. It promises to be a great week of writing with great prizes for participants.
Picture Book Idea Month. Come up with a picture book idea a day for the month of November.
Chapter Book Challenge
Write a whole Chapter Book in March, with the fabulous Rebecca Fyfe.
A whole year of writing picture books, a picture book a month with a most welcoming and amazing community of children’s writers.
National Picture Book Writing Week, takes place in May.
Doodle Day May
Pretty much what it says, a lot of stress free fun.
This is not officially for children’s writers, but I like illustrating as well. And you never know what story a doodle may start.
Please leave a comment and let me know if I have missed any.
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