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WINSTON-SALEM—Standard (and worthwhile) advice for any writer is to read widely and read as much as possible. Know your market; know what books are being published in your genre; be an active member of the community.

The same is true for those who write books for children. What if there was a person who read untold numbers of children's books a year and could help you focus your project for a specific market and write a great book?

On Thursday, December 13, at 7:00 pm, longtime writer and book critic Susie Wilde will lead the online class "Good Book or Bad Book? A Workshop for Children’s Book Writers." 

Registration is closed.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $30 fee to register.

Susie Wilde, children’s book columnist for The News & Observer in Raleigh, reads thousands of books a year. These have helped guide her teaching those who write children's books. So what makes the books she reads worthy of review? Why do books fail? Workshop participants are invited to join her in examining picture books and determining what makes good children’s book writing succeed. Participants are encouraged to share their favorites and the books they've discovered that don't work for them. Together registrants will compose a list of recommendations to consider when writing children's books.

Susie is passionate about igniting readers and writers. She’s been a member of NCWN for more than five years and a writer for much longer. She currently writes reviews for The News & Observer in Raleigh and AudioFile Magazine and writes with children. She teaches adults how to write children’s books and works on her memoir when she can find the time. Find out more on her website:

"Good Book or Bad Book? A Workshop for Children’s Book Writers" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's first offering in their 2018-2019 Winter Series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class ""Good Book or Bad Book? A Workshop for Children’s Book Writers" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, December 13, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

Registration has been capped at 40.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


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