Center for Children’s Literature

Writers Lab

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The Bank Street Writers Lab was founded in October 1937 by Lucy Sprague Mitchell. It provides a supportive workshop haven where published authors can critique each other’s works-in-progress and encourage each other in their striving for excellence. This process aids members in creating literary works that comprehend and respect the situations and dilemmas young children and adolescents face in today’s complex and multicultural world.

Our Mission

The mission of the Bank Street Writers Lab is to encourage the writing of children’s literature that shows an understanding and appreciation of the language of growing children, is aware of and responsive to children’s real and imagined worlds, and affirms the social and cultural heritage of every child.