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Useful Links for Children's Writers

Sites for writers    
Resources for research

Writing 
Arvon Foundation
Run residential writing courses including some on writing for children.

Authors Licensing and Collecting Society
Collects photocopying and other fees on your behalf

Awfully Big Blog Adventure
An interesting blog run by a group of children's authors.

Book Trust
Packed with useful information on children's books and writing for children.

Federation of Children's Book Groups
Organises an excellent conference every year

Help I Need a Publisher
A wealth of information for new and not-so-new authors plus the opportunity to ask questions.

Kris Writes
A blog that concentrates on the business side of writing and includes a freelance survival guide.

National Association of Writers in Education
Includes a directory of writers willing to give talks in schools

The Passive Voice
A useful blog that concentrates on the business side of writing and picks up interesting posts from around the web.

Picture Book Den
A blog run by a group of picture book authors

Sales Rank Express
A great time saver for any author who wants to check their Amazon rankings.

Scattered Authors Society

Scottish Book Trust
Includes information on the Fidler Award for an unpublished children's novel

Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (British Isles)

Society of Authors
The professional association for authors with a special section for children's writers.

UK Children's Books  
A directory with links to authors, illustrators, publishers and others connected with the world of children's books.

Welsh Book Council
Includes information on the Tir Na N-Og awards

Writing for Animation

Research Resources
Behind the Name   
A good place to look if you are stumped for a name for a character. If you don't find what you need here, there are links to other useful name sites.

British History Online
A huge collection of links to historical information, including primary sources. 

Britishlibrary.net
A delightfully unclutterd interface to masses of useful links is an excellent starting point for research. You can also use it as your ISP if you wish.

For Writers Only
Lots of excellent research links put together with writers in mind

Geograph
Photos of nearly everywhere in the UK. Very useful when you're writing about a place you don't know very well. http://www.geograph.org.uk/

Journalism UK
Another good research links page which is particularly useful for up-to-date UK based information

Names for Löwchens
Actually created to help people choose names for pets, it's also a brilliant resource for writers.

National Curriculum
The whole curriculum available on-line so you can easily look at the subject and level which interests you. 

Street Map
This useful site can provide a street map of anywhere in the country. If you enter a postcode, you'll see a map showing exactly where the building is located - ideal for finding your way to meetings and interviews.

 

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