Why did it take me 14 pages to describe 10 pages of a graphic novel? I explain over at Write Up Our Alley.…
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Getting all the details in a graphic novelWednesday, September 28th, 2011
Writers Jubilee at the Francis E. Korn Elementary SchoolWednesday, April 27th, 2011
Today was a day filled with stories for me and the third and fourth graders who participated in Korn Elementary School’s Writers Jubilee. The students split up into over a dozen workshops to talk about all parts of writing and creativity.
In the workshops I ran, we took personal memories and transformed them into stories about a unicorn buffalo that breathes fire on a magical sidewalk in the Milky Way; a horse in the Rockies frightened by a chipmunk; a monkey trapped inside an egg because he broke a witch’s TV! We showed how the same basic memory can be turned into fantasy or adventure, how a sweet memory can lead to flights of fancy, and how using the emotions from our memories can help further a tale.
The students were energetic and full of exciting, original ideas. I thank them for sharing so generously! I also would like to thank Isla Alexander and all the staff at the Korn School whose organization and attention helped made the day so much fun.…
Signing successSaturday, December 11th, 2010
Barnes & Noble was hopping–two weekends before Christmas, it isn’t surprising. The kind staff who set me up and kept me hydrated were wonderful. They even apologized for not having me in front. ("It’s just too much traffic today.") No worries. I had two lovely tables in the children’s section, and I met lots of readers and spoke to wonderful people.
The highlight for me were the looks of pure pleasure I received when I wrote dedications to several kids, tailored just for them. "You’re the first author she’s ever met," a mother of a nine-year-old told me. It made me feel unbelievably special and lucky. Her daughter read a page and looked up at her mom. "This is really good!" And it reminded me why I write books to start with.
PerseveranceTuesday, November 16th, 2010
Appearing in North HavenWednesday, October 13th, 2010
This evening I’ll be presenting a workshop for writers and illustrators at the Barnes & Noble in North Haven, Connecticut from 7 to 9 p.m. with Donita Aruny from the Shoreline Arts Alliance. We’ll discuss writing and illustrating children’s books and give helpful information about the annual Tassy Walden Awards: New Voices In Children’s Literature.
Drop in and say hello!…
InterviewThursday, September 23rd, 2010
Kate Narita who hosts the blog Classroom Book of the Week, asked me a bunch of questions about my writing process for Come Fall. The questions were really interesting and made me think hard about how I went about writing the book. She posted my responses yesterday, and you can read them here.
Thank you Kate for the thoughtful interview.…
The Big Idea and book birthdaysWednesday, July 28th, 2010
I also posted a much shorter piece for Write Up Our Alley about book birthdays — what they are and aren’t.…
The WOW! factorMonday, June 7th, 2010
On Saturday June 5th, I attended the Twelfth Annual Shoreline SCBWI Conference. The topic this year was the cross pollination of fact and fiction in writing for young people—both in fiction and in nonfiction. The speakers were fabulous.
After a thoughtful introduction by Doe Boyle, laying the groundwork for the questions of the day, Dana Meachen Rau told us how she looks for the WOW! moment in facts to find things to write about in her hundreds of nonfiction titles. She advised us to discover what intrigues us and children, to ask questions about what our readers know and what we want the readers to know, and to find the truth in the story of our facts. Page McBrier walked us through her process of building stories from facts she researched in far flung places of the world, using her discoveries to tell truth in tales.
Stacy DeKeyser described how a fabulous summer vacation in the Dolomites gave her the groundwork that turned into a fantasy novel. While Jennifer Thermes showed us how the seeds of her work as an illustrator of maps brought her to new and interesting illustrating opportunities in picture books and middle grade novels. Finally Tony Abbott talked about writing novels in a way that makes them sound like fact, while writing compelling nonfiction using the tools of a novelist. (Listening to him read the first page and a half of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood has forever changed my understanding of the power of settings in a book.)
The mantra for the day was to look for the WOW! factor in whatever you are writing about—what facts make you sit up and take notice. Then share them in the most compelling and truthful way possible, using the tools at your disposal.
Thank you Doe for organizing this wonderful annual event! …
Resources for writers seeking publicationTuesday, March 23rd, 2010
I’ve recently updated my website to include resources for writers who are seeking information on how to get their works published. The list is a work in progress, and I’ll be updating it from time to time. You can find the current version here.…