December 2015

Constructing the World: Internal and External World Building

Children’s editorial and publishing expert Emma D. Dryden discusses various facets of worldbuilding as we think about our stories. She explores the idea that the world of a story is not just description of place, but is the main character’s interaction with that place and she looks at the ways in which a keenly realized make-up of an exterior world can become an integral part of the make-up of the internal world of our main character and characters.

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About Emma D. Dryden

Emma D. Dryden is the founder of drydenbks, a premier children’s editorial and publishing consultancy firm which she established after twenty-five years as a highly regarded children’s book editor and publisher. During the course of her career, Emma has edited over a thousand books for children and young readers and during her tenure with Atheneum and McElderry Books, many of her titles hit bestseller lists in USA Today, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, and other national publications. Books published under Emma's guidance have received numerous awards and medals, including but not limited to the Newbery Medal, Newbery Honor, and Caldecott Honor. Emma is on the Advisory Board of the SCBWI and speaks regularly on craft, the digital landscape, and reinvention. Her blog Our Stories, Ourselves ( explores the intertwined themes of life and writing. She can be followed online on Twitter @drydenbks and on Facebook and Pinterest.