At this salon, Girls Write Now mentor and author Megan Reid, along with her literary agent Wendi Gu, shared the magic of writing for elementary school kids as an adult, and the process of transforming research into writing kids will care about! We learned about the importance of style, understanding our audience, and working with an illustrator to turn words into imagery. Plus, we got insider tips on how to break into publishing and pave the way for a new generation of writers.
Find a research or news article and then write the story specifically for kids. Salon participants used the following paragraph from a Rolling Stone Article:
UPDATE: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Thursday delivered a powerful response to Rep. Ted Yoho’s failed attempt to apologize for verbally assaulting the congresswoman outside the Capitol earlier this week.
Speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives, Ocasio-Cortez expounded on the pattern of harassment and dehumanizing language men like Yoho routinely direct toward she and other women around America. “This is not new,” she said, “and that is the problem.”
“Mr. Yoho mentioned that he has a wife and two daughters,” she continued. “I am two years younger than Mr. Yoho’s youngest daughter. I am someone’s daughter, too. My father, thankfully, is not alive to see how Mr. Yoho treated his daughter. My mother got to see Mr. Yoho’s disrespect on the floor of this House toward me on television. I am here because I have to show my parents that I am their daughter, and they did not raise me to accept abuse from men.’
After receiving her M.A. in English Literature, Megan Reid acquired and edited several bestselling and award-winning books as an editor at Simon and Schuster’s Touchstone and Emily Bestler Books imprints. In 2017, she joined FX Networks as a development and literary executive working on drama, comedy, animated, and limited series, with a specialty in adaptation. A graduate of Northern Arizona University and The Ohio State University, she’s written for The Believer, BuzzFeed, Bustle, and FastCompany, among others. She published her first picture book biography in 2020, and has followed it with non-fiction for adults, middle-graders, and another picture book title. She lives with her (tiny, very silly) dog, Luna, and a collection of wilted houseplants.
Wendi Gu is privileged to represent a talented range of award-winning and bestselling children’s books authors and illustrators. For all children’s books categories, from picture books to young adult, Wendi values emotional stories filled with lyricism and heart. She is drawn toward books that help dismantle stereotypes about mental health, ability and race. As the daughter of immigrants, she sees special importance in stories about migration and displacement, especially as they relate to friendship and family. She grew up in the Chicago suburbs and spent many of her summers with her grandparents in China. She attended Northwestern University where she studied Creative Writing. She lives in Brooklyn with her spouse and dog named Beanie Gu.