Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Has your picture book manuscript been turned down so many times you're considering using it to wallpaper your office?

Have you agonized over every single word in your picture book manuscript and are unable to make one more change--but still don't feel it's ready to submit?

Do you love picture books but long to learn more in a deeper, more meaningful way?

Or would you like to work with like-minded writers in exploring a new picture book story?

Well, I have good news for you!

I've been told there are still a handful of spots left for my upcoming online course, INTERMEDIATE PICTURE BOOK WRITING. Click here for information. I hope to see your name on my roster!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014



Enrollment is now open for my online fall course, INTERMEDIATE PICTURE BOOK WRITING, through the UCLA Extension Writers' Program. This is one of my favorite courses to teach! We'll dive into the world of picture books, going beyond the basic craft issues as we investigate this fascinating genre of children's books. Students will have the multiple opportunities for feedback on their work. The end goal is a completed draft of a picture book.

For more information, click HERE.


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!