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Resources For Writers


So you've got a great idea for a children's book...hooray!

What do you do next?


Firstly, an idea isn't quite enough. You'll have to write a manuscript to completion before sending it out to a publisher. I always recommend that prospective authors try to join a critique group with other writers in a similar genre, as critical feedback is extremely important. Publishers are notoriously picky about the books they acquire, so a manuscript has to be as polished as possible before you submit.

For more information on how to get started, check out my advice for aspiring picture book writers here


Canadian author Marsha Skrypuch runs an online critique group for children’s book writers here.


The Writers’ Union of Canada offers some helpful answers to FAQ on getting published here.

There are also some incredible resources and publications available for new authors at the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, including a comprehensive list of Canadian publishers. Find our more here.


Finally, CANSCAIP holds a one-day conference for Children’s Book Creators every fall in Toronto. It's called Packaging Your Imagination and it's a place to meet other new creators while attending a variety of workshops and keynotes from established Canadian children’s book writers and illustrators. More information can be found on the conference here.

Helpful Links to Check Out

  • Author-extraordinaire Helene Boudreau offers advice on structuring your novel here

  • Got your manuscript rejected? Don’t give up! Read this article

  • So you want to write a picture book? Read some wonderful advice from author Mem Fox here

  • Eleven things you need to know about writing, according to the uber-talented and award-winning Tim Wynne-Jones, can be found here

  • Writers looking for daily diversions PLUS an endless fountain of resources, advice and industry information should check out Toronto writer Debbie Ridpath Ohi’s fabulous website here...and her advice specifically for aspiring picture book writers here.

  • Author Karen Krossing offers a treasure trove of fabulous resources for writers of every age at her website here.

  • Picture book author Tara Lazar serves up a feast of publishing tidbits on her website here.

  • Linda Ashman has collected some fabulous resources and words of wisdom for aspiring kidlit authors on her website here.

  • Author Sara Kruger discusses the importance of a great first line here.

Resources for Young Writers


  • Teen Ink is a magazine, blogs, book series and website written entirely by teens. An excellent resource for teen writers and artists. Check it out here

  • Scholastic Canada offers a wonderful resource for kids who want to start writing here

  • The Young Voices Foundation is an organization that mentors young writers from grades K-12. Go here to learn more.

  • KidPub is a safe, fun place for kids to improve their writing skills by sharing their stories, poems, reviews, and other creative writing with a worldwide audience. Find out more here

  • Canadian kids' author Karen Krossing offers 10 helpful tips for young writers here

  • Stone Soup is a literary magazine and website written by kids up to age 13.


Young Writers in Ontario

  • The Toronto Public Library hosts the Young Voices Competition for teens in Toronto. To learn more, click here

  • The Hamilton Public Library hosts the Power of the Pen Writing Competition for teens. More info here


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