Stacy DeKeyser

books for young readers

My favorite books on writing:


Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott


On Writing by Stephen King


The Courage to Write by Ralph Keyes


The Writer's Journey by Christopher Vogel (if you're feeling in an academic mood)


Making a Good Script Great by Linda Seger (my favorite for story structure and pacing)


Story by Robert McKee


The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Eats, Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss (who knew punctuation could be so much fun?)


And, of course, any good novel.



My favorite websites for writers:

SCBWI —The Society of Children's Writers and Illustrators.

Cynthia Leitich Smith's Children's and YA Literature Resources —Tons of information on books and authors...reading lists...award lists. It's all here.

The Purple Crayon —Great info on the kidlit publishing biz, updated frequently, by widely respected editor Harold Underdown.


Children's Book Council —Lots of publisher and publishing info.

This Itch of Writing -- blog written by novelist and professor Emma Darwin. A master class on writing fictionn.