Friday, May 17, 2019

Children's Book Academy



My word for the year is INTENTIONAL. I have a calendar year filled with goals and have been ticking them off! My blog isn't on that list of goals, and it's been neglected. I need to adjust that little detail.

One of my goals was to write my chapter book and my series premise, outlines, etc. I got it accomplished and it felt great! Then, I wanted to workshop it. That's when I found this amazing class. Well, actually, I've had them on my radar for a long time. It's hard to decide which class to take!

So, I'm taking my first Children's Book Academy class, and it's amazing! It's only day 5, and there's been so much information! I highly recommend any class through the Children's Book Academy. Everyone has been so kind and generous.

My weekend job is to read the first two chapters and the last chapter of many chapter books. OK! I'm off to read!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

2019 A New Writing Year

I love the promise of a new year and all the dreams it has to offer. I truly love my writing journey. The beginning of the year offers many resources for writers. Here are my top 3 for January. I have my eye on more for February!


First, there is Tara Lazar's StoryStorm. Here we read a motivating post each day of the month of January. Generally, we learn ways to see the different ideas all around us from true-for-real authors! It's a great resource for writers or teachers of little writers! You can always access older posts under the StoryStorm tab.




Next is Julie Hedund's 12x12 Writing Challenge. It was initially set up to motivate writers to get that crappy first draft down on paper...one a month. But, it is SO much more. It is a community of kid lit writers who travel the ups and downs of this journey together. We are all at different places in our lives and our careers, but this is for anyone who wants to write picture books for kids.



Then there is the new and improved Aree Chung's StoryTeller Academy! This is the first year for the membership version. The classes that I took last year were phenomenal. This year offers those and a whole lot more! 



Happy Writing in 2019!