Writing For Children

January 31, 2019
7 p.m. CST

Meg will walk you through the dos and don’ts of writing for a young audience, including the different genres and age groups (covering birth through age eighteen) and the general guidelines for each level. While good writing and excellent storytelling is always at the core, writing stories for young readers holds specific challenges and its own set of rules. There will be plenty of time for questions so this class can be tailored to the specific concerns of those attending, and Meg will share lists of resources and recommended reading to start you on your journey of writing specifically for children and young adults.

While Meg does not write “kidlit” exclusively, that has been her focus for the last few years. Her newest book, Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess, won the OWFI Best Juvenile Book award for 2018, and books in her Cats in the Mirror series (about alien cats, based on her own pets) have won two Mom’s Choice Awards, a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, several Story Monster Approval awards, and Amazon “bestseller” status. A retired teacher, Meg has been certified for elementary education (reading and English focus) in three states and holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, as well as working as an editor/proofreader for Pen-L Publishing and independent or self-publishing authors. Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live in Northwest Arkansas.

Meg Welch Dendler has considered herself a writer since she won a picture book contest in 5th grade and entertained her classmates with ongoing sequels for the rest of the year. Beginning serious work as a freelancer in the '90s while teaching elementary and middle school, Meg has over one hundred articles in print, including interviews with Kirk Douglas, Sylvester Stallone, and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. She has won contests for her short stories and poetry, along with two Mom's Choice Awards and a Bronze Moonbeam Children's Book Award for her best-selling "Cats in the Mirror" alien rescue cat middle grade book series. "Bianca: The Brave Frail and Delicate Princess" was honored as Best Juvenile Book of 2018 by the Oklahoma Writers' Federation.

 Meg holds a master's degree in Early Childhood Education and has been a certified teacher in three states. She is now retired from teaching and enjoys creating stories for children and adults. Along with her full-time writing career, Meg is an editor/proofreader with Pen-L Publishing and does editing work for independent and self-publishing authors. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and the Oklahoma Writers' Federation (OWFI). 

Meg and her family (including four cats and her dog, Max) live in Northwest Arkansas. Visit her at www.megdendler.com for more information about upcoming books and events and all of Meg's social media links.

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