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Lessons Learn from Writing Children's Books
By: Marsha Casper Cook
I have done three children’s books and have enjoyed doing all of them. Writing for children is not as easy as some may think. Children pick up on many things that adults
might not think of and you have to engage the children especially if you are
reading out loud.
I do Elementary School visits and from those visits I learn what the kids like and what they don’t like. I found it much easier to read a book written in first person, but the
children seemed to enjoy the other story equally as well that was not in first
I also found that when I talked directly to the kids before I read the books very beneficial. They seemed to be very comfortable when I answered their questions first about
writing and then I would read to them. The school visits were probably the best
indication for me of what type of stories to write for children. and what would
interest children between the ages of 4-8 yrs. old.
I also feel that writing for children is a lot of fun. Kids like to laugh, they really seem to listen to new words, and sounds and they like to participate in a conversation
about writing. Even as young, as they are they all do writing projects in their
classrooms. Opening up a discussion of how I write compared to the way they do
helped them understand some of their writing problems. Also, the children
seemed to reach a comfort level when they realized some of their concerns were
similar to mine.
My visits to the schools were probably one of the most enjoyable experiences of my entire writing career. Most importantly for me was hearing their laughter and
answering questions because I knew that the decision to self – publish was the
Author Bio: Marsha Casper Cook is the author of six published books and 11 feature-length screenplays, a literary agent with 15 years of experience and the host of a radio talk show about the business of writing and entertainment, “A Good Story is a Good Story,” on the Red River Radio network. She and her guests discuss writing and what’s new in the entertainment field. This year, she also began hosting another talk show “The Whole Truth”; on this show she and her guests discuss day to day issues that effect family life. Marsha has also appeared as a guest on other network shows and will continue to make frequent visits to other shows.
Her published works include “Love Changes,” a romantic novel about a family in crisis, and “Sala, More Than a Survivor,” a non-fiction biography about surviving the Holocaust. She has also written three books for young children, including the short stories “Snack Attack” and “The Magical Leaping Lizard Potion” and the poetry collection “The Busy Bus.” She has just completed the fourth book in her children’s series. Marsha has also published a book version of her romantic-comedy screenplay, “It’s Never Too Late.”
Marsha’s other screenplays range from romantic comedies to crime thrillers to
family dramas. Her scripts “Grand Central Station” and “Romancing Gracie” were optioned by movie studios, and the latter was named a finalist at the ASA, Houston and Chicago Film Festivals.
Wanting to help new writers reach their goals, Marsha founded the literary
agency Marcus Bryan & Associates in 1996, and achieved signatory status from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) within two years. In that capacity, she has represented more than 100 screenwriters and authors, and has also optioned books to movie production companies. Marsha has spoken about her work and the craft of writing to a wide range of audiences including bookstores, schools,
museums and local cable and will continue to speak to the media.
Marsha Casper Cook's next World of Ink stop is December 9th at Writing to the Hearts of Children