15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale

Your Hosts: Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan, with Shannon and Dean Hale

Shannon and Dean Hale join us to discuss how to effectively and convincingly write about¹ children. We cover dialog tools, point-of-view elements, stakes, and character ‘quirks’ that can help signal to the reader that a character is a child.

Credits: This episode was recorded by Joseph Meacham, and mastered by Alex Jackson

¹ “About,” not “for.” Shannon and Dean join us again to discuss writing FOR children next week!


Take a story about adults and write a synopsis of how it would go if it were about kids. Like, DIE HARD might become HOME ALONE…

The Princess in Black, by Shannon & Dean Hale

3 thoughts on “15.21: Writing About Children, with Shannon and Dean Hale”

  1. Shannon and Dean Hale sat down with Brandon, Mary Robinette, and Dan to consider writing about children, or how to see the world through the eyes of children? Avoiding caricature, pay attention to how writing about a child enriches your story, look at the world as a child! Lots of advice and ideas, available in the transcript now in the archives.

  2. Really too bad you could not get Orson Scott Card to guest for this one! He is a fascinating fellow to listen to.

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