Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Time is Running Out!

My upcoming UCLA Extension course, Introduction to Writing Easy Readers begins in one week (on April 9) and there are still spots available! Nowhere else will you receive in-depth education about this vital genre of children's literature. Weekly lectures, personal support, and four critique opportunities will help bring your easy reader idea to a complete draft.

Click here to register.

Happy writing!
 
Get a kick out of reading!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Former Student Finds Success!

This morning, I was thrilled to learn that former student Julie Dillemuth has sold her first manuscript! Julie worked on her manuscript with a cognitive-spatial focus in my course, Introduction to Writing Easy Readers. After some declines, Julie revised the story into a picture book format and the story sold! Now, that's what I call having brains and talent!

Congratulations, Julie! I can't wait for 2015, when I can hold a copy in my own hands.

And while we're on the subject, there are still spots available in the upcoming course, Introduction to Writing Easy Readers. Click here for info.

Happy writing!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Easy Reader Course--Save Your Spot!


Greetings Writers!
There are still some spots left in my upcoming online UCLA Extension course, "Introduction to Writing Easy Readers." The course runs from April 9-June 11.
This is a great place to learn about easy readers (leveled readers) and develop your story idea into a complete manuscript. I try to create a safe, supportive, educational environment for all my students.
For more information, please click HERE or email me!
 
 


 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

What Makes a Children's Writer Smile...

As a children's author, many things make me smile. Working in my fuzzy cat slippers, being able to do something I truly love every day, seeing kids connect with my books, hearing from parents that my books hooked their child into reading. Oh yes, and let's not forget the big bucks we children's writers make (yes, I'm joking about that one!).

This morning, friend and writer  Jean Ann Williams, sent me this photo of one of my books that has been in her family and passed down from child to child. Seeing this love worn copy of Blackberry Banquet just makes me smile from ear to ear, and reminds me that of all things that make a children's writer smile, seeing a well-loved copy of your book is truly at the top of the list!




Thursday, March 13, 2014

Former Student Grabs the Brass Ring

UCLA Extension Writers' Program just posted this on their blog. I'm so happy for Sushree Mishra, a former student in my course, "Introduction to Writing Easy Readers" who took what she learned from the class and applied it to her picture book writing. She now has sold her first picture book manuscript! Congratulations, Sushree!

And speaking of my easy reader course, there are still spots available for the upcoming online class, scheduled from April 9 through June 11. Click here for information.

Happy writing!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Think Writing Easy Readers Isn't So Easy...

...well, you're right! Writing easy readers--those books that bridge the gap between dependent reading of picture books and independent reading of novels--is not as easy at it looks! But my online writing course offered through UCLA Extension Writers' Program will help you learn the secrets of writing this important genre of books!


The class runs from April 9-June 11. For details about the course, please click HERE.

If you have any questions about the course, just drop me an email and I'll be happy to answer your questions!




Saturday, December 7, 2013

ReviMo 2014!

Author and illustrator Meg Miller is offering the perfect follow-up to PiBoIdMo! From January 12-18, 2014, Meg will inspire writers to spend a week revising one of their picture book ideas. Click HERE for details.

There's no excuse now. No more finding reasons to put off developing your most intriguing picture book concept. Meg is giving you a way to commit to working on that idea for just ONE week. And really, sometimes isn't that all we need is just one swift kick-in-the-pants commitment to get going on a story?

I'm all signed up! I hope to see you there :-).