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Part I A Critical Perspective Part II Write the Rights/Know the Wrongs 1. Story 2. Characters 3. Viewpoints 4. The Pyramid Plot Structure 5. Dialogue 6. Prose Part III Write the Height 7. Understanding the Age Groups 8. Sensory Books 9. Picture Books 10. Short Fiction 11. Longer Fiction 12. Teen Fiction 13. Series Fiction 14. Submitting Part IV Write the Rest 15. Non-Fiction 16. Biography 17. Humour 18. Poetry 19. Film and New Media

About the Author

Andrew Melrose is Senior Lecturer at King Alfred's College, Winchester, where he runs the MA course Writing for Children. He is also a successful children's author and well known for his animation and film work.


'This is a handbook for those who aspire to write for children, for experienced writers who wish to understand the different requirements of different readerships, and for those who simply wish to learn more about the books they, their chilren or young library members are reading ... This practical up-to-date guide for writing for children, illustrated by a wealth of published and tailor-made examples, should find a place on library shelves and those of many a writer and reader.' - Orana, Australian Library and Information Association 'The book is full of good advice ... Each topic is dealt with constructively and this leads to a very useful handbook for students of creative writing and for the student who wishes to pursue any topic in depth, a bibliography is provided at the end.' - Writing in Education

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