I'm continuing our Teaching Authors series on helpful writing resources. April wrote about apps for writers. Esther posted about the SCBWI Conference and the official conference blog. I'm adding a list--hope you find something useful in it!
One of my favorite resources is always Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market (CWIM). My article, "Be Your Own Literary Agent," appears in the 2017 edition. We're giving away a copy. Look below for giveaway details.
The ReFoReMo Challenge, or Reading for Research Month Challenge, was founded in 2015 to help picture book writers reform writing by reading and researching mentor texts in the month of March. ReFoReMo 2017 starts on February 27.
Laura Purdie Salas sends out a helpful monthly e-newsletter for children’s writers, A Writer Can Be…. (sign up here) and also a monthly e-newsletter for educators (sign up here).
Picture Book Builders is a group blog that explores "how one element of a picture book’s story or art manages to grab us or wow us or strike an emotional chord." Our good friend Jill Esbaum is part of the group. Pat Zietlow Miller's February 17 post, "Crunch: It’s not just for cooking," lured me in again recently after I hadn't visited for a while. Then I just kept reading.
The Art of Storytelling is an exploration of the storytelling process at Pixar.
Increase your vocabulary and help fight world hunger. For each answer you get right, Free Rice donates 10 grains of rice to the United Nations World Food Program.
The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor is a daily email that includes a poem and brief biographical information about writers whose birthdays fall on that day. Yesterday's poem, "Lucky"
by Kirsten Dierking, grabbed me.
All this time,
the life you were
supposed to live
has been rising around you
like the walls of a house...
(Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017)Finally, your best resources might be your own desk drawers or computer files. Last night's storm reminded me of this poem I wrote in 1999.
Snowflakes whirl at night,
Circling around the streetlight
Like bright summer moths.
|snowy owl on streetlight
Book Giveaway Details
Marie D. won our latest book giveaway of Tuktuk: Tundra Tale by Robin Currie, Congratulations, Marie!
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