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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s tips for young writers on how to get started on a story

Naylor tells young people by observing, remembering, and putting themselves in someone else’s place, they are laying the foundation for good writing.

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor


Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Naylor writes primarily for children and young adults — although she has published several books for adults, including How I Came to Be a Writer, a wry and very personal look at the ups and downs of one writer’s life. Naylor is perhaps best known as the author of Shiloh, a story about a West Virginia boy and an abused dog. The book won the Newbery Medal in 1991 and has been discovered — and cherished — by new generations of young readers.