Posts Categorized: Writing! Writing Prompts, Writers on Writing, Workshops

  • Racial Awareness and Children’s Literature

    I created a session for the New England Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ conference entitled, Stepping into Writing Across Culture.  The following begins my posts on the subject.  I offer my journey in these posts as a white writer who writes books about people in cultures not my own. I’ve been studying white privilege as…

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  • Illustrating Love: Nickie Tadgell on Art for REAL SISTERS PRETEND

    I met illustrator Nickie Tadgell at a We Need Diverse Books event at Annie’s Book Swap in Worcester, Massachusetts. Nickie is the illustrator of many books including the beautiful FATUMA’S NEW CLOTH by Leslie Builion.  Nickie’s just illustrated a new book, REAL SISTERS PRETEND by Megan Dowd Lambert, the story of a mixed race family…

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  • Mosaic: Our Characters in the World

    “Mosaic: Our Characters in the World”: A workshop for writers of children’s and young adult books. Maria Padian and I presented this workshop at the New England SCBWI conference in May.  I’ll add resources on this topic regularly here on my site. Here are the first two handouts. Mosaic – Our Characters in the World~ Description,…

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  • Librarians on Verse Novels

      For a School Library Journal  article,  I interviewed many librarians about their recommendations of verse novels to kids and teens in their libraries.  And I interviewed many writers about their process in writing verse novels.   A new direction was given to the article by SLJ and a lot of these wonderful speakers are not…

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