Category : writing

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Teach Fantasy Writing – Mentor Texts in a Middle School Setting We teach a unit on the Fantasy Genre usually in May/June.  In addition to doing a novel study, we have some kind of mini-project we do with our students. This year I created the book tasting activity to prepare our students for the upcoming …
The Party’s Over…What’s Next?   Continue creating content to promote your book. You have at least a year to enjoy the ride! Write and work on your next project. Enjoy the wonderful gifts you receive. Remember to send out Thank You notes. Make a binder or scrapbooks and collect your cards, photos, etc. to look …
How to Plan a Book Launch Party: Part 2 The weekend before the launch, my friend Terry and I went to Party City and Michaels to pick up some items: tablecloths and table decorations little cookie bags plastic cups, little plates, etc. We chose the colors of the Four Directions: Yellow, White, Red decoration colors, …
How to Plan a Book Launch Party: Part 1 Planning a book launch party is exciting!  You are planning a special event, celebrating a special day.  The first book is like celebrating a birthday! I decided to call it a book birthday party- introducing the newest member to family and friends. So, I followed the same …
Doing Something Else Can Make Ideas Pop Out! Join me for a Conversation with Sibby Falk, author of Freedom’s Fire, Lettie’s North Star, Council Fire, It Matters and Tree House Rescue. She’s a retired elementary teacher and recently was an adjunct professor of education at SUNY Geneseo. Sibby discusses her books, and explains the evolution of ideas …
A Conversation with Children’s Author Kathleen Blasi Kathy and I started our writing journey together in a Barnes and Noble coffee shop.  We met through a mutual friend, Jennifer Meagher. Kathy shares her inspiring, personal journey through research, publication to success as a published author with a new book on the horizon. She shares her story …
Visit the 20th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival 10-4pm @ Monroe Community College Saturday November 12, 2016 We’re getting ready to launch this year’s book festival and I’m so excited! Jane Yolen and Heidi Stemple spoke last night at the Rochester Area Children’s Writers and Illustrators (RACWI) meeting to kick off this weekend’s festivities. Both ladies were warm and …
Exciting News! I’ve been nominated! Spirit Animal Blog Award Acceptance Rules 1) Thank the blogger who nominated you and link back to their page. 2) Post the award on your blog. 3) Write a short paragraph about yourself and what your blog means to you. 4) If you could be an animal, what would it …
I have some Picture Books in progress…   A biography – Billy Mills, an Olympic Champion (98% complete) Narrative nonfiction – Honor Flight (95% complete) Fiction- Gabriel’s Winter Count (50% complete)   Looking forward to a productive writing month, maybe even squeezing in some more revisions before July.  
January Blog Challenge 3 This is one of those 10 minute blogs.  I planned out a schedule to write blog posts twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and then round out the week with one Dove Note post on Sundays. Then, every two weeks (right now), I will send out a newsletter campaign.  I …
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