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« Author’s Craft »

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Be a lifelong learner and study author’s craft…like me!

Book List

Storytelling Structure

  • Save the Cat by Blake Snyder
  • Story (Principles of Screenwriting) by Robert Mckee
  • Improving Your Storytelling by Doug Lipman
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul
  • How to Write a Children’s Picture Book vol. I, II, III by Eve Heidi Bine-Stock
  • The Scene Book by Sandra Scofield

Researching and Writing Nonfiction

  • Anatomy of Nonfiction by Margery Facklam and Peggy Thomas
  • Write for Story by Jon Franklin
  • Story Craft by Jack Hart
  • Keep It Real by Lee Gutkind
  • Telling the Story: How to Write and Sell Narrative Nonfiction by Peter Rubie

Powerful Writing

  • Showing & Telling by Laurie Alberts
  • Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan
  • Steering the Craft by Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Writing from the Senses by Laura Deutsch
  • Writing Toward Home by Georgia Heard

Finding Your Voice (Sign up for my newsletter as we explore voice together)

  • The Call of the Writer’s Craft by Tom Bird
  • Image Grammar by Harry Noden (geared towards teachers)
  • Crafting Authentic Voice by Tom Romano (geared towards teachers)
  • The Art of Voice by Tony Hoagland (poetry)
  • Word Magic for Writers by Cindy Rogers
  • Word Painting by Rebecca McClanahan

For Perseverance

  • Page after Page by Heather Sellers
  • The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale

Finding an Agent/Publisher

  • The Writer’s Digest Guide To Query Letters by Wendy Burt-Thomas
  • Yes! You Can Learn How to Write Children’s Books, Get Them Published and Build a Successful Writing Career by Nancy L. Sanders
  • the current Children’s Writer’s Market

Other Learning Options

Online Coursework


  • SCBWI Western/Central NY regional conferences, latest one 2018
  • SCBWI Conference NYC 2002


  • 2019 Elizabeth Falk, Linda Sue Park, Keely Hutton RACWI Fall Retreat
  • 2019 Highlights Foundation Master Class in Writing NF for Children/YA
  • 2018 and 2019 Darcy Pattison Western/Central NY SCBWI Voice Retreat
  • 2016 Kristin Fulton WOW Retreat in Helen, Georgia
  • 2014 Darcy Pattison Website Design, Novel Revision and Picture Book in MA
  • 2010 Darcy Pattison Novel Revision in Syracuse, NY

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