Critique groups

Author, Jenna Grodzicki

Author, Jenna Grodzicki

Today, Jenna Grodzicki popped in to visit. I first met Jenna at Kristen Fulton’s WOW retreat in July 2016. I clearly remember talking to her on a shuttle on the way into town. She was telling me about her upcoming book, Pixie’s...

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Author, Melissa Stoller

Author, Melissa Stoller

Since Horrible Hurricane Harvey decided to pay an uninvited visit to Houston, I have been trying to keep my head above water (pun intended). I was stuck in flood mode for a long time, but happily last weekend, I went to the N. Texas SCBWI...

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Love Your Story

Love Your Story

A group of writers and I are reading a wonderful book called Fearless Writing by William Kenower. I won’t say it has been life changing, but I will say it has made me look at my writing and other parts of my life in a new light. So maybe it...

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Author Laura Clement

Author Laura Clement

One of the best things about the kid lit community is meeting so many other like minded people. It gives me great pleasure to highlight these talented people, and today I am introducing you to  fellow “Spork Sister,” Laura Clement and...

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Small Successes

Each January first, I beat myself up. Not literally, of course, but it’s still pretty painful.  I focus on everything I did not accomplish during the past year. Was I lazy? Not good enough? What was it? Turns out that type of thinking is...

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Crazy About Crtiques

Crazy About Crtiques

Let me say at the outset that I love my smart, talented, kind critique buddies. Not everyone is so lucky. Picture this: You write something, give it to your critique group, and everyone says it’s wonderful. No problems at all. Great...

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