Tips For Writers & Readers

If you've browsed my website in the past you'll know that in my Fox's Den I'm creating a series of links to helpful tips for writers, readers, teachers, and librarians. Over the next few months, I'll be adding to those files. Many are downloadable pdfs. Here's what I have there so far: For writers - getting started: thoughts on being a writer; professional organizations for writers; conference … [Read more...]

Newest Catchphrase: Write Up!

I spent the past weekend at the New York SCBWI conference and, as always, it was enlightening and energizing. But what struck me was a message that I heard repeated a number of times from various speakers - editors, agents, and authors - and it was "write up!" "Write up" means writing up for children, not down. It means writing complex stories with rich vocabulary. It means challenging readers … [Read more...]