Thursday, April 25, 2013

Writing Children's Literature Workshop with Valerie Allen

Space Coast Writers’ Guild Authors' Workshop
Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids
Presented by

West Melbourne Public Library Saturday, May 4,2013
2755 Wingate Blvd 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Melbourne, Fl 32904 (321) 952-4508

  • Your Target Audience: Children vs Adults vs Professionals vs Harry P
  • Category Considerations: Fiction/non-fiction/concept/poetry/rhyme/interactive
- Picture books/read to me books
- Easy Readers/First Readers
  • Mid grades (3 – 6)
  • Middle Grades (6 – 9)
  • Young Adult (YA 9-12)
  • Fire Up Your Imagination and create Excitement
  • Reader Considerations: Age vs Grade vs Reading Level vs Interests
  • Story Considerations: Setting, Activities, Adults, Problem, Solutions
  • Writing Considerations: Vocabulary; Basic Sight Words; Culture
  • Topic books (Same interests/different characters)
  • Series books (Same characters/different situations)
  • Aging your characters
  • Added Value Marketing: Curriculum Materials, Live and In Color Presentations
REGISTRATION FORM: Writing for Children
Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids

Make checks payable to Valerie Allen
Mail registration form and $12.00 fee to:
~ ~ Valerie Allen, 101 E. New Haven Ave, Melbourne FL 32901 ~ ~

Name: ___________________________________Phone ( ) _________________________
Address: _________________________________E-Mail:______________________________
City: ______________________ St:___ Zip_________Enclosed $ _______Cash/CK #________
Your Book Titles: Indicate: F= fiction NF= Nonfiction P= Poetry CH = Child/YA
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Valerie Allen’s workshop: Writing Children's Literature: Take Aim and Target Your Books for Kids, will focus on techniques for writing successful children’s books. Learn how to target your audience and understand the needs of young readers. Discuss the categories of children’s books and story types. Practice writing skills and vocabulary specific to youthful readers to create a satisfying and successful book.

Valerie Allen, child psychologist and author, has published a children’s book, Summer School for Smarties, for grades three through six. She is the author of another forthcoming children’s book, Bad Hair, Good Hat, Best Friends. She is also the author of two novels, Suffer the Little Children and Sins of the Father. She presents a variety of writers’ workshops based on her book, Write, Publish, Sell! Quick, Easy, Inexpensive Ideas for the Marketing Challenged. She is a member of Authors for Authors (, the Space Coast Writers Guild (, and the National League of American PEN Women, Cape Canaveral Branch (

~ Valerie Allen ~                                          ValerieAlle

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