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SCBWI A. Orr Fantasy Grant Shortlist

July 2020

In February, I submitted my middle grade novel-in-progress, Fairytooth, to the SCBWI A. Orr Fantasy Grant. The entries were judged by Ginger Clark, Vice-President of the Curtis Brown , Ltd. Agency. I learned this month that my project was on Clark’s shortlist for the prize. I’m elated! Writing and revising a novel takes years, and can feel awfully pointless at times (especially when you’re trying to keep going during a pandemic). Thank you SCBWI and Clark for the invaluable encouragement! No matter what, you have to keep writing and submitting! 


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Michelle Begley Mentor Program

November 2019 to May 2020

I am so excited to share the news that I will be a mentee in the 2020Michelle Begley Mentor Program. My mentor is the fabulous Claudia Mills, author of the award-winning chapter books series Gus and Grandpa, Franklin School Friends, The Nora Notebooks, and After-School Superstars. Claudia will help me revise my chapter-book-in-progress, The Wonder Kids. I also received the Writing Roosters Scholarship, which will help pay for the cost of this program. Thank you Claudia and Writing Roosters! 


Picture Book Writing Party

Sunday, March 10, 3pm-5pm

Calling all kids and picture book lovers! Have you always wanted to try writing a picture book, but you’re not sure where to begin? Join us for an afternoon of inspiration and laughter, and leave with your very own first draft. We’ll talk about the picture book fiction genre, main characters, and story arcs. We’ll swap ideas, write stories, and share drafts. No experience necessary, and no art skills needed. Best for ages 8 and up.

Wolverine Farm Writer-in-Residence

February, 2019 – the whole dang month!

Drop by Wolverine Farm Publick House most mornings in February and I’ll be writing. Let’s talk about stories! Thanks to Todd, Beth, Jess, and the gang for all of the coffee. It’s fueling a picture book, a chapter book, and a YA novel!