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September Class Registering Now — Writing Picture Book Biographies that Shine

CLICK HERE FOR REGISTRATION INFORMATION I am smitten with picture book biographies. In fact, while pursuing an MFA in Writing (Children’s and YA focus) from Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA), I even focused my critical thesis on creative approaches to picture book biographies and the often-fuzzy nonfiction line. Since then, I have been honored [Read More]


Educational Grants for Books, Author Visits, & School Programs

  I love visiting schools and meeting librarians, teachers, and students. But I do not love learning that many schools don’t have the budget for new books, enrichment programs, or author visits that reinforce curriculum and inspire a love of reading and writing. That’s why I scoured resources and compiled this mega list of grants for [Read More]


Available for Critiques or Ongoing Coaching

Click here or on the Critique page in the above menu to learn more about my critique and coaching options. Let’s work together to make your manuscript sparkle.  


Through-line / Throughline / Through Line—What Does it Mean?

Soon, a podcast episode featuring me and author Sarah Aronson will go live (I’ll add a link when it does). The invitation arrived after comments that Sarah and I added to a post in a private NF kidlit Facebook group when a writer expressed frustration over manuscript feedback that included the terms Theme and Throughline. [Read More]


You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know—Questions to Ask a Potential Agent

Yippee, you have an offer of representation, or an agent has asked to speak with you by phone. Yay, you! I know you’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a long time, and you are ready to tattoo a giant YES across your forehead in time for that confetti-filled Zoom meeting. But don’t act too [Read More]