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Upcoming Events–Teen Classes and AWP Conference

on January 21, 2014

indexThe AWP Conference is coming up in February in Seattle from February 26-March 1.  I’ll be attending and presenting on a panel entitled: “Getting Your Foot in the Door: Alternatives to Traditional Children’s Book Contracts.”

“The road to publishing can be long and trying.” Fortunately, there are more opportunities and publishing fields than a children’s book writer might think. From working with book packages and writing on commission, to online publishers, art journals, and writing nonfiction, there are multiple ways of becoming a published author in the children’s market. Join five authors as they discuss their experiences breaking into nontraditional publishing.”

The panel takes place from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, February 27. Bring your lunch and join us for a great panel chat about all the ways to write and publish children’s books.


Writing It Short and Real: An On-Line Class for Teens at the Loft Literary Center. On March 3-30, I will be teaching a great on-line class for teens. This is a perfect opportunity for teens who are home schooled to take a class from a published writer and learn a little bit more about the craft of writing narrative flash.

Narrative flash is short, fast, and fun. It’s easy to share with others, and most of all, narrative flash is the perfect way to express our voices and capture our real life experiences in a short snapshot. In this class for teens, we will look at how to write short narrative through craft lessons including: structure, character, and brevity. The class includes writing on topics based on our real life experiences such as: truth and lies, first and lasts, and matters of the heart. We will share our writing with each other in order to discover how powerful our voices can be when writing about real life.

Sign up to take the class here.

The class is also being offered this summer from July 7-August 3.


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