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New York University, School of Professional & Continuing Studies
New York, NY

Bank Street College

Writing Your First Children's Book

Your instructor is Amy Hest!


So you want to write a children's book! Here is a workshop to help you get started, once and for all. In this friendly, supportive environment, class discussions will focus on all aspects of good story telling and good writing, including tone of voice, clear dialogue, characters who feel real, and beautiful language. You will return to your classes with a better understanding of the writing process so that you, in turn, can help each student to find pleasure in crafting a piece of writing in his or her voice.


School Visits

I especially LOVE school visits, where I can connect with young readers and their teachers, discuss my life as a writer, and show (with many examples) how we are ALL writers. I also enjoy bookstore events and all occasions where I can meet readers and writers of all ages.


For school visits please send me a note directly .


Author Events


To interview Amy or schedule an author event or appearance, please contact Wunderkind PR


Press & Praise for Amy

Recent Reviews! 

The Summer We Found the Baby

From the New York Times:

Children in a World Gone Mad:

5 Kids’ Books Set During

World War II

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