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The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2006

    The Writer's Bible

    When I decided to write this review I went to my shelves to count how many 'how-to' books I had bought over the years before I came across this one. The answer is 106. Pity I didn't know earlier that what I was looking for could be found between the covers of Nancy Lamb's 'Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children.' Every sentence has earned its place in the book there is nothing that you can afford to skim. Yet all is delivered with warmth, humor, wit and wisdom. The advice is practical and specific. Every question that I wanted to ask, and quite a few that I didn't know I should have wanted to ask, was answered with clarity and authority. The exercises, in particular, ask that you read suggested examples of children's literature that have successfully pulled off the particular skill you are trying to master. Ms Lamb guides you through the questions you should be asking yourself as you read, and then shows you how to turn those questions to your own manuscript. This is the technique used by university level writing programs across the country. So do yourself a favor - buy this book. In fact, buy a couple of back up copies because your writing friends will 'accidentally' walk home with it and any copy you manage to keep hold off will fall apart from overuse. It's a one volume MFA in Creative Writing for Young People.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2003

    Among the very best texts on writing

    Some months back I received unbidden a copy of The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children. Looking at the 'for Children' part of the title, I briefly considered it for possible use as a reference for any of my students who might be interested in writing children's books. I put the book on the shelf and forgot about it. Finding myself recently in search of something that might deal intelligently with plot, I picked the book up and gave it the consideration I should have when it first fell into my hands. I found in it not a book for the writing of children's literature, but perhaps the most lucid, accessible, well organized, relevant, complete and credible work on fiction writing in my entire collection of texts on writing. I found my own ideas said better than I can say them myself. What is said in this book resonates with so much validity and clarity that I am sorry that I have wasted so much of my time and my students' time trying to teach without this text. I have corrected that situation by reorganizing the reading materials for my workshops, making The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children a required reading and a central part of our discussion. Dr. Charles Connor, Director of the Harriette Austin Writing Program, The University of Georgia.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2005

    Nancy Lamb's Crafting Stories-a gem

    Crafting Stories is a treasure chest of gems. This is the mother lode, giving the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of writing for children.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2004

    Must-have purchase!

    I absolutely HAVE to tell you--this book is the best thing that ever happened to me! I've never taken a class in creative writing, hadn't even a clue that there were rules to be followed. After bombing everywhere with my first book (I didn't know why), I had a slam-dunk idea for a children's book. I found Crafting Stories for Children, and read it on a Saturday. No fooling--blinders and scales fell from my eyes. At long last--a book that explained the rules of writing! Although the slant is definitely for children, there is rich fodder for the fiction writer of any genre. Applying the ideas presented in Ms. Lamb's book have definitely made the difference between another rejection letter, and the possibility of future publication. Rush out and order it--now!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2002

    the best guide for wrighting for children ever

    well i began to wright a childrens story, and that i relized i had know idea what i was doing, and the only thing i felt i had going for me was a really great story, i read Nancys book twice its been my writers guide 'bible' so to say now im on the road to wrighting the story i all ways wanted it to be.

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