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Writing children's fiction : a writers' and artists' companion

Author: Yvonne Coppard; Linda Newbery
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
Series: Writers' and artists' companions.
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Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people. Part 1 explores the nature, history and challenges of children's literature, and the amazing variety of genres available for children from those learning to read to young adults. Part 2  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Coppard, Yvonne, 1955-
Writing children's fiction.
New York : Bloomsbury Academic, 2013
(DLC) 2013008909
(OCoLC)830668853
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Yvonne Coppard; Linda Newbery
ISBN: 9781472535320 1472535324
OCLC Number: 855022838
Description: 1 online resource (pages cm).
Contents: Cover; Copyright; Contents; Foreword by Anne Fine; Preface by Carole Angier and Sally Cline; Introduction; Part 1: Reflections on writing children's fiction; Reflections; Books we love as children; The beginning of story; The reading relationship; The power of fiction; In search of a connection with the 'inner child'; Welcome to the world of children's books; The lost kingdom of libraries; Why write for children?; Writing for children is easier, isn't it?; When are you going to write a proper book?; Freedom and responsibility in children's literature; What is a children's book? Children's literature --
a brief historyWhat is a child's book for?; What is a children's classic?; Classics for the future?; Who are children's books for?; Breakthrough books and authors; The rules of engagement; Writing in a multi-gendered, multi-cultural world; Inclusiveness in children's fiction; Censorship; Categories in chilren's fiction; Picture books; First readers and young series; Fiction for the seven-to-nine age group; Junior fiction; Teenage and young adult fiction; Short story collections; Graphic novels; Fiction packagers; Educational publishing; 'Hi-Lo' Writing for more than one age groupBecoming a writer; Think of yourself as a writer; Nurturing your creativity; Writing and 'flow'; What works for us; Part 2: Tips and tales --
guest contributors; David Almond; Malorie Blackman; Valerie Bloom; Tim Bowler; Anthony Browne; Anne Cassidy; B.R. Collins; Frank Cottrell-Boyce; Jennifer Donnelly; Vivian French; Adèle Geras; Mary Hoffman; Michael Morpurgo; Beverley Naidoo; Caragh O'Brien; Mal Peet; Helena Pielichaty; Celia Rees; Meg Rosoff; Marcus Sedgwick; Andy Stanton; Part 3: Write on: writing workshop; Ideas. Making a start --
finding the place and timePlanning and research; Characters; Plotting; Plot and theme; Plot and structure; Voice and viewpoint; First person; Third person; Problems with viewpoint; Dialogue: coming off the page; Pace and suspense; Titles; Beyond the first draft: becoming a self-critical reader; Revise, cut, edit; Learn to love criticism; What makes a story stand out?; Writing a synopsis; Approaching agents and publishers; Fostering a professional approach; Courses, consultants and competitions; Making a living from writing for children. Going it alone: e-publishing and self-publishingGet the book written!; Reference; Some useful websites and organisations; Select bibliography and further reading; Acknowledgements; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y; Z.
Series Title: Writers' and artists' companions.
Responsibility: Yvonne Coppard and Linda Newbery.

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Full of both inspirational and practical advice, Writing Children's Fiction: A Writers' and Artists' Companion is an essential guide to writing for some of the most difficult and demanding readers of all: children and young people. Part 1 explores the nature, history and challenges of children's literature, and the amazing variety of genres available for children from those learning to read to young adults. Part 2 includes tips by such bestselling authors as David Almond, Malorie Blackman, Meg Rosoff and Michael Morpurgo. Part 3 contains practical advice - from shaping plots and creating chara.

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