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Writing From the Heart

Writing From The Heart by Joy Cowley

Joy Cowley’s book offers wise and invaluable advice for all writers wanting to
publish books for children and young adults.  

Joy_Cowley_Book_Cover_2.pngNew Zealand's celebrated children’s author Joy Cowley distils 40 years of experience as an author in her book Writing from the Heart.

Writing from the Heart is essential reading for practising or intending children’s writers.  Joy's warmly written content covers plot development, discipline, dialogue, humour, presentation and editing, with chapters on the special genres of early readers, fiction for children and teenagers, poetry and plays.
The witty cartoon-style illustrations are by the well-known Auckland artist Fraser Williamson.

Writing From The Heart is published by the Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust as a fund-raising venture. There is also an American edition. All proceeds go to assist Storylines in its work to promote New Zealand children's books and literature and support New Zealand children's writers and Illustrators. 

Joy Cowley is internationally recognised for her more than 800 early readers, along with novels and poetry for children, and her work for more than three decades as a teacher of creative writing for children in more than ten countries. She has won many awards and also critical acclaim for her adult novels and short stories.

Print copies are available for $20 each for Storylines members or $25 each for non-members (excludes postage and packaging). Or you can purchase the e-book ($10 members or $15 non-members).

Order your print copy here, or your e-book copy here.

We will post your printed copy within 10 days. If you require more than four copies, please contact us directly to arrange delivery.


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