Ever wanted to write for children? Joy Cowley shares her top tips

Over the years, I’ve seen literally thousands of stories for children written by aspiring writers. While many showed promise, most had the same weakness: the authors didn’t know their audience. The stories had been written for a range of subjective reasons: the authors had values messages they wanted children to read; the authors liked a certain kind of story when they were young; stories with a popular theme were considered to have good market potential; it was easier to publish stories for children than writing for adults.I’ve tried as gently as possible to deal with these misconceptions in personal correspondence, and now, through the New Zealand Book Council, would like to offer experience that might be helpful to people who genuinely want to write for young people… Source: Booknotes Unbound