The Writers Workshop

The world's leading consultancy for new writers.

Our children's team is staffed by professional children's authors, and we work closely with children's literary agents too. Details


Get help today.

Improve your work by getting tough, independent editorial advice.

Our editorial advice is tough but sympathetic, market-aware and always constructive. Details



Our Writing for Children Course

Join our writing for children course in the company of a professional children's author.

You can study at home, but work online so you can interact with and learn from your classmates. Details

How to write a children's book

Writing for children is one of the most joyous activities under the sun - but also one of the hardest.

We've put together a huge library of advice - everything from how to plot a story to how to write a picture book. Details

Got questions?

Q: Will I need an agent?
A: Most children's writers will need a literary agent, yes, and do bear in mind that there are agents who specialise in handling work for children, so it's these you'll need to appeal to in due course. The one exception is that if you're writing picture books, you can go direct to publishers ... though on the whole our advice is still to get an agent, at least while you're still getting to know the industry.
Q: Will I need to produce my own illustrations?
A: No! Publishers will commission their own illustrations and would much prefer it if you present them with the text alone. The one exception: if you are a pro illustrator already and have written words to your own pictures.