Writing a novel in verse

I recently took part in an online writing workshop through the Highlights Foundation: Limitations and Liberations of Writing Verse Novels, taught by author Cordelia Jensen. It was excellent! I adore poetry and have been reading lots of novels in verse (scroll down for recommendations). I thought I might try my hand at writing one…with a…Continue reading Writing a novel in verse

A Q&A with mother-artists

Join me on Saturday April 10 at 11am CDT for a screening of All of Me: Artists + Mothers, a short, award-winning documentary by my friend Maria Velasco (that I’m in!). I’ll be participating in the Q&A with the director and some of the other artists as part of an international exhibition called If Not…Continue reading A Q&A with mother-artists

New year, old problems

Like everyone else, I was glad to say goodbye to 2020. But 2021 begins by reminding us that there’s work to be done. Lots and lots of work. Last year laid bare so many problems. This year, we need to fix them. In December, I was diagnosed with a particularly nasty little skin cancer. I…Continue reading New year, old problems

SCBWI Summer Spectacular

This weekend is the SCBWI Summer Spectacular conference, usually a weeklong gathering of writers and illustrators in California. This year, it’s all virtual, but that means I can actually attend! The keynotes and panels will be recorded, so I can go back and watch any that I miss for the whole month of August. Not…Continue reading SCBWI Summer Spectacular

Solo retreat, 2020 style

In the middle of July, I took a 3-day solo writing retreat. I love the Mississippi state park cabins because they’re cheap, air-conditioned, and secluded. I’m more interested in glamping than roughing it, especially when I’m tackling a difficult revision, and this was perfect. After wiping all surfaces with disinfectant and rewashing the dishes and…Continue reading Solo retreat, 2020 style