People who are interested in writing for children frequently contact me for advice and I always say dude. Check out the FABULOUS Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers conference run by Carol Williams, Lisa Hale and Cheri Earl. Really, it's an amazing conference, giving writers of all levels guidance, as well as access to the best in the biz.
The conference, which has been held at BYU for the past 10 years (or so), will be held in Sandy at the Waterford School this year. You can get all the 411 at www.foryoungreaders.com. Honestly, I can NOT say enough wonderful things about this event.
I especially want to mention the beginning novel class, taught by the enormously talented Emily Wing Smith, who also has sensational hair and the best smile in the state. I can't think of a better way to jump start the story inside of you than to take a class from Emily.
There's still time to sign up. Don't hesitate.