Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Article Wednesday: How to Write Articles Using Old Blog Posts

Are you interested in exploring how to write articles by using the same content you've already posted to your blog? If you write articles, and also frequently post to your blog, to generate traffic you know how labor intensive that can be.

Although these marketing strategies are extremely effective, they can also be quite a strain on your time management skills.

What if you could cut your writing efforts in half, or to put it differently, get twice the results from the same efforts? Well you can and we're going to discuss here how to do just that.

For anybody involved in article writing you know how challenging it can sometimes be to come up with new ideas for content. Posting to a blog on the other hand generally only requires an idea, but not much detail.

Let's explore a simple 3 step process you can use to 'transform' your blog post into articles that will decrease your workload, while increasing your desired results.

Develop and Organize Your Topics

You'll first want to develop and organize topics upon which you can base your blog posts. Considering that a blog post constitutes a summary of a lengthier thought this shouldn't be difficult. Obviously you'll want the topics to be related in some form or fashion to your niche or blog theme.

Compose Your Posts in Advance

In an effort to focus better on your immediate task you may want to separate composing your blog posts from the time you use for writing articles. This should help you maintain a consistent train of thought making both tasks easier to accomplish.

Instead of composing a blog post then writing an article, you'll want to put together a group of posts first. Once this is completed, you can turn your attention to transforming these posts into articles.

When writing an article, as opposed to posting to a blog, you are actually using completely different writing styles. By dividing these two tasks you now only need to focus on just one particular writing style. This in turn will increase the ease and efficiency of your overall writing process, and save you time.

Base Your Articles upon Your Post

Blog posts by design are short summations of a more detailed thought pattern. Upon these summations you can base a more in-depth article. By using the post for your writing ideas, you now cut down on the overall time involved in the writing process itself.

As you know, every article starts with an outline and your blog post supplies that outline for you.

So now you can see how to write articles easily if you also already have a blog that you post to on a regular basis. Even though both blogging and writing articles are excellent marketing strategies; attempting to do both can put quite a strain on your time management skills. By further developing any writing ideas you can get from your own blog posts, you're essentially bypassing the additional time needed for more article research. By following this simple 3 step approach and streamlining the writing process; you're getting twice the results for little more than a onetime effort!

Bio: TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina. For additional Online Success Tips and a free guide that demonstrates how to find both profitable markets and products visit:

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Guest Blogger, Author Kathy Stemke!

I am happy to be hosting Kathy Stemke as a guest blogger today. Instead of my ramblings, you will get to hear from a fabulous author like Kathy who has not only been published, but also has a passion for writing, the arts and all things creative. I have asked Kathy to share her story about becoming a children’s writer. You are sure to be inspired to keep on the road to publication. Besides writing, Kathy has been a dancer, choreographer, teacher, tutor, and an antiques dealer for many years. She is also a contributing editor for The National Writing for Children's Center.

Hi, Virginia. Thanks for hosting me on your blog today. Here’s the story of how my blog lead to several children’s books, and a monthly newsletter.

After I retired from teaching, I dabbled in article writing on Helium. I even sold several articles through their marketplace feature. Since I had taught for many years, I naturally wrote several education articles. I got lots of feedback and questions from other teachers. This made me realize that I had the wisdom and experience to help other teachers. I also needed an outlet for the lesson plans and activities I had created through the years. So my blog, Educationtipster, was born.

Since my background was in physical education, dance, and early childhood education, I used many movement activities in my kindergarten classes. I found that movement helped the kids to learn quicker and retain more. In fact, I found numerous studies on the subject to support my experiences. My blog posts include many practical, fun, movement activities, as well as author interviews, classroom control tips, and motivational tips for parents and teachers.

I joined several teacher groups that share activities with each other, and kept them informed about the information and articles on my blog. When I did a post about the days of the week, some teachers asked if I knew of a book that taught children how to spell the days. Since I didn’t, I decided to write one myself that included activity pages in the back. This rhyming e-book, available on Lulu, is titled, Moving Through All Seven Days.

The response was so fantastic that I decided to write more. I now have two other books under contract with publishers titled, Trouble on Earth Day and Sh, Sh, Sh, Will the Baby Sleep? Hopefully they will be released in 2010. You can also find my monthly teaching tips article on The National Writing for Children Center website.

Because the teachers couldn’t get enough of my songs, rhymes, and activities, I introduced my free monthly newsletter, Movement and Rhythm. I include movement exploration, action songs, poetry that inspires movement, games from around the world, book reviews, classroom management and behavior tips, dances, and the latest information that links movement to increasing cognitive skills. In about a year’s time, I have 375 subscribers! You can sign up for this newsletter on my blog: I’m thrilled to help others and have an outlet for my creativity.

Recently, I joined the DKV Writing 4 U team as an editor and freelance writer. DKV is a writing service that includes ghostwriting, copywriting, editing, proofreading, critiquing, media releases, and much more. Along with Karen Coiffi and Lea Schizas, we also offer website and blog development too. We plan to add book tour and book trailer services soon.

I have many WIP and can’t wait to see what God has in store for me next!

Thank you so much Kathy for sharing your road to publication. Your books sound wonderful and ones I'll be putting on my list to buy. With a five-year-old and new baby, I know I'll get a lot of use out of them.

Kathy’s first children’s e-book, Moving Through All Seven Days, is now available on Lulu. Kathy's second children's book, Trouble on Earth Day and Sh, Sh, Sh, Will the Baby Sleep? are slated to come out soon!

Don’t forget to sign up for her FREE monthly newsletter, “MOVEMENT AND RHYTHM” on her blog. You’ll find great teaching tips, movement activities, and children’s book reviews.

Kathy Stemke's websites: Moving Through all Seven Days:

Writing Prompt: Is this a Cliché?

We all know as writers to avoid clichés as much as possible, but today you get to throw that rule out! List down all the clichés you can think of, and then choose one you are most familiar with, or the one that strikes your fancy. Make that the first line of your poem. You can take the cliché literally or figuratively.

Get Up & Get Moving: Week 4

I am starting to notice a trend lately. Watching my weight weekly is starting to get discouraging. Maybe because I am maintaining now instead of losing. Maybe because I can see it barely changing and so I feel I am not reaching my goal. I am not really sure, but I have decided to post my weight every other week. Maybe this will help me stay encouraged. Maybe not, but either way I’m going to try it.

I’ve also decided to share tips with you. Some I’ve learned others from shows I’ll catch on TV or the radio in my spare time. Like today while eating breakfast the Dr. Oz, show came on right after the news. Because my kitchen table is near the living room, I could hear the show. Dr. Oz talked about the best ways to lose weight. I loved what he shared and so here is the link for you

As you can see, I’m still at the same weight as I was two weeks ago.

Weight on June 28, 2010 191

Weight on June 14, 2010 191

Goal weight by December 31, 2010 130

I guess that means time to get off the computer for a bit and take my baby girl for a walk. Some fresh air will do us both some good. Join me by getting up and getting moving!

I have been using a log to track my activity level and food intake each day. The site is totally FREE! Come join me on

Having a log helps you stay on track and really lets you see where you need to make improvements or adjustments to help shed those unwanted pounds.

Here’s the link to my overview

If you want to befriend me, my profile is VSGrenier.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Interview Friday with multi-genre author, Mayra Calvani

Mayra Calvani is multi-genre author, reviewer and freelance writer. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on multiple publications both in print and online. Her nonfiction work, The Slippery Art of Book Reviewing (co-authored with Anne K. Edwards) was a ForeWord Best Book of the Year Award Winner. She has several novels and picture books out and is awaiting the release of several more titles later this year and the next.

VS: Mayra, I want to thank you for being my guest here on The Writing Mama today. You and I have known each other via the internet for a few years now, but I am sure there is more to learn about you, as I have found out with others. Now I know you have a daughter who also writes, so my first question is do you have any other children and what are their ages?

Mayra: First, I want to say thanks for having me on your blog, Virginia. I do have two kids: a girl (who is the writers) age 12 and a boy age 18 (he still counts as a kid for me!).

VS: Wow, I did not know you had an older son. You seem too young to have an 18 year old. But I know what you mean about your son still being a kid to you. I know I am the same way with my son. Since your children are a bit older I’m sure finding writing time is a little easier, however, you still have to find ways to help balance your writing life with your family life. What works for you?

Mayra: It used to be a lot harder when my kids were younger. I could only write when they were at school. Now it’s easier because they do their own stuff and I’m able to work while they’re at home. When you have young kids, this isn’t possible. Mostly you have to be running after them, checking what they’re up to. Still, nowadays I prefer to work while they’re away at school. I like to spend time with my family in the late afternoon and evenings. That means I schedule my writing sessions in the mornings. This works well because I’m an early bird and I’m at my most creative mode at that time of the day. If I go to the computer at all on evenings, that’s for social networking and promoting, not for writing. I usually feel too tired to write at night. I’d rather read or watch TV. Mostly I read.

VS: You sound a lot like me. I tend to do all my social marketing in the evenings as well before bed. I also like to curl up with a good book, if I have one on hand. For those who want some great tips with younger children in the house, Mayra was kind enough a few weeks ago to share some tips on Article Wednesday. You can find it here. So Mayra, I am wondering with all that you do, do you consider yourself to be a born writer?

Mayra: I do. From an early age, it became obvious to me, from my parents and teachers, that I was a ‘good’ writer. My writing was what made me stand out, what made me popular. I loved to create stories and live through my characters. I would be miserable if I couldn’t write—and in fact, I am miserable on those days I can’t write. I always say a happy writer is a happy mama.

VS: I like that saying. I think I will have to paint it on my office wall right above my desk. Maybe it will even help to read it if I ever get a case of writer’s block. Have you ever suffered from writer’s block? If yes, how did you ‘cure’ it?

Mayra: Writer’s block is an elusive and even controversial term. Some writers swear by it; others claim such a thing doesn’t exist. I have suffered from writer’s block in the past, but over time, I’ve learned to control it. Every time I face the blank page, I experience a little bit of writer’s block. I know because I’ll immediately become nervous and feel the urge to get up and inspect the fridge. It is a bit like a dog turning this way, then that way, trying to find the perfect spot to sit down. I have learned there is no such a thing as a perfect moment to write. I just have to dive into it, like closing my eyes and jumping over a cliff. I tell myself, “Jump and the net will appear.” Most of the times, it is true. But you can’t expect to feel the net right away, after a sentence or two. You have to insist and persist, and keep writing for a little sustained period of time. That’s when everything starts getting easier, when the waters start to calm down. It’s like first diving in a feral sea, then, as you keep swimming, you reach a place where the waters are calm and peaceful. You just keep swimming, one lap after another.

It’s at times like these when I reach the ‘zone’, that marvelous place where you lose sense of place and time, and you’re totally immersed in the world of your characters. That’s the best place to be as a writer.

VS: I know what you mean. I love when I hit the ‘zone’, but for some reason my kids always know when it happens. It’s like a siren goes off and next thing I know, “MOMMY!” But that’s okay, I love them. So what type of books do you mostly write? Do your children inspire any of them? If so, can you share what part of the storyline, character, etc?

Mayra: I write fiction and nonfiction for children and adults, but lately my big love is writing picture books.

I’m blessed: my children are always praising my work. I can always count on them when I’m feeling down with writer blues.

Yes, my children have inspired some of my characters. My son was my inspiration for the little boy in my picture book, Crash! My daughter was my inspiration for the protagonist in The Luthier’s Apprentice (an MG novel currently doing the agent/editor roundup). When I’m short for ideas, I always turn to my kids. Children can be very original!

VS: Children are a great way to come up with original ideas. I’ve read Crash!, I’ll have to read it again now I know your son helped inspire it. Now I’m curious, what type of book promotion works for you? I’m currently working on promoting a picture book so are there any special strategies you’d like to share?

Mayra: Doing interviews like this one and getting reviews can be quite effective. The secret is keep at it month after month and not only for a short period of time. I’d rather do it this way than going on virtual book tours. I find virtual tours to be very stressful. I’ve done a few and would think it twice before doing another one again.

VS: Interesting . . . I’ve had some say they love virtual tours and would do them every time. I guess the say is true, “Not all marketing works for every writer or book.” You really do have to find what works for you with all the different ideas out there. I guess trying each one once is best to find your niche. Can you tell me Mayra, what do you enjoy most about writing?

Mayra: Working in my pajamas or worn sweats and not having to worry about putting on makeup or be fashionable to go to work.

VS: Amen to that! PJ’s all the way for me, too. Okay, we know you love writing because you can were your PJ’s and work, so what is the most difficult part of writing?

Mayra: Having to stare at the screen and actually hit that first key every time I sit down to write.

VS: I love your honesty. Being a writer can be tough at times. Besides being an author, you do book reviews and freelance writing for blogs, too. Do you find it hard to balance your personal writing time with your freelance jobs?

Mayra: I do. I have to plan my writing sessions in advance, otherwise I go crazy. Each Sunday I plan my writing workweek, so I know what I’ll be working on each day. But, I try to keep article writing to a minimum these days. My love is fiction and I really want to finish a young adult novel I’m working on at the moment. I’ve also cut down on writing reviews for the same reason.

VS: Well I’m glad you haven’t stopped writing reviews. You do such a great job same with your articles. But, I understand wanting to focus on your passion. Do you have any works in progress? Can you share a little about them?

Mayra: I have several works in progress, probably too many to mention them all. My main WIPs at the moment are a YA supernatural thriller, a nonfiction middle-grade book on how to write book reviews, and two picture book biographies; one about Mozart and the other about Antonio Stradivari.

VS: Your books all sound interesting. Can’t wait for them to be published. Now your daughter has also published a book. What tips can you give writing parents with writing children at home to help them both see publication?

Mayra: A few years ago, when my daughter was 7, I turned our kitchen into a workshop one summer and she wrote and illustrated Angel in a Bubble ( The book was accepted by Guardian Angel Publishing under their special imprint of books written by children. The publication of this book has had a tremendous effect on my daughter’s self-esteem.

This summer she’s working on a middle grade novel. I’m guiding her through every step.

Here are some tips:

· Make each writing session a mother-daughter bonding time. Go write at a café together, then reward yourselves with a nice lunch.

· Keep the writing sessions short. I would say no more than 30-40 minutes at a time. The moment it starts feeling like too much hard work, children tend to be discouraged and quit.

· Don’t make your child feel as if he or she is completing a ‘task.’ Again, this is a big turn off. Keep your writing sessions lively and positive. No negative criticism of any kind! There’s a big difference between constructive advice and criticism.

· Constantly praise your child on her ideas, creativity and willingness to write a book. That takes commitment and courage!

· Writing a novel isn’t easy, so you’ll have to break the project in small parts. For example, first, my daughter did the protagonist’s profile; another day the antagonist’s; another day, she wrote the back cover blurb. Today she finally started plotting up the story chapter by chapter, using index cards. We went to a café and she planned chapters 1 and 2. Tomorrow it’ll be chapters 3 and 4. You have to move in small steps and keep each day’s goal doable and realistic. I want her to plan in advance because the more the story becomes real in her mind, the more she knows her characters, the easier it’ll be for her to write the first draft. It is working wonders so far. She’s incredibly excited about writing her first novel.

· Encourage your child to ask questions about writing—plot, characterization, pace, etc.

· It’s okay to offer ideas but also encourage your child to have confidence in her own creativity and originality.

· Don’t just sit there and watch your kid write. You have to write, too! There is a sense of companionship and bonding when you both do the same thing.

· Reward your child with what she loves to do. My daughter and I walk in the mornings. Then we write. But once we’re done, I let her play a few hours with the GameCube or watch TV if that’s what she wants. I know some moms may not agree with this, but if my child exercises each day outdoors and does something creative and reads before going to bed, I’m okay with her doing computer, video games, TV, etc. for a more than ‘normal’ amount of time during the summer months. Naturally, it’s different during school time.

VS: Wow, these are great tips even for adult writers. Thanks for sharing what you’re doing with your daughter to help bring her muse to publication. Mayra, is there anything else you would like to share with us about being a “Writing Mama”?

Mayra: We all love our kids and, of course, they come above everything else; but it’s crucial for mothers to have their own personal goals and dreams, and to allocate some time for themselves each day. Even if only for fifteen minutes. A frustrated writer is a frustrated mom. I happy writer is a happy mom.

VS: I thank you, Mayra for taking the time to share with my readers about being a writing mama. You have shared some great tips and have inspired me to keep going.

Mayra: Thank you, Virginia!

VS: Anytime Mayra. It is always a pleasure talking with you.

Additional Information: Mayra also translates picture books (English-Spanish) and offers an Interview Promotion Package for authors where she places their interview on 7-10 high-exposure sites. For details, contact Mayra at

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Think Like Your Readers: How to Bring Characters to Life!

I have been working on a couple of manuscripts lately. Now these are stories I wrote about a year ago, but haven’t had the time to really sit down and do some revising. I’ve had my critique group look them over and give me feedback. I even submitted one of them to an editor’s critique at a SCBWI conference. But the one thing, which stood out to me after relooking at all the notes and the manuscripts themselves, is my character development.

Now, I’m not saying I don’t love my characters in both these manuscripts. I do, but they are not fleshed out as well as they should be which is leading to the other problems my critique group found and the editor from the SCBWI conference. So how do I fix this? Well today, I am going to share a little bit about how we can make our characters more lovable by our readers.

Many adults think children do not care about plot, setting, or a book full of suspense. Well they do, but only after the characters bring them into the story. Let us think about this for a moment—

Do you remember wanting to go on an adventure with Bilbo Baggins? Longing to escape into the wizarding world with Harry Potter? Or solving a mystery with Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys? These characters became your friends and you want your characters to befriend the children who read your books or stories, too.

So how do you do this? By looking for potential story characters in the world around you. All you need to do is open your eyes and you will see them walking to school, shopping in the mall, bike riding or skating down your street. You can also close your eyes and see them in your memory—the child you once were, the friends you remember from your childhood, the children and grandchildren you’ve watched grow-up. The point is you can draw from these potential characters to make your story life like.

Think about it, what makes a story so enjoyable? The characters . . . and the more believable characters are, the better the story. This means you just cannot write down in black and white a character. Just giving them a name, a place to live, a problem to solve, and a few challenges are not going to be enough. First, you have to know your character just like you get to know real people and you can do this in many ways. But today, I am going to share how I do this.

For me, I start with the physical traits. I need to have fat, plump, round, fleshy characters in my stories. I need to know how my character looks to understand how they feel, behave, or see themselves in their own flesh. One thing I learned from being a buyer in my former life is . . . if you want to be successful, you need to dress the part. Well the same thing goes for my characters. I need to dress them for their part in my story.

For example, let us say I am writing a book for teens and I decide to make my main character a girl. I want this girl to be someone who blends into the crowd. With this in mind, I decide to use a person from my past. I close my eyes, I see the person and here is what I come up with:

My character has blonde shoulder length straight hair. She wears it pulled back in a ponytail. Her eyes are small, close together and are dark midnight blue, with dark brown eyebrows that look perfectly plucked. She is average in height, a bit wide in the hips, and perfectly proportioned in the chest. Her lips are a bit dry and she wears braces with purple rubber bands. She has three earrings in the left ear and two in the right. She likes to wear tee shirts with ¾ length sleeves (Ringer), jeans with the hem slightly frayed, plain white tennis shoes and ankle socks.

From this description, you may think this person shops at Hot Topic, is a tomboy and maybe even a loner. The person I used was myself; I was an average student, I knew many people, but kept to myself outside of school, I was in then drama club, and yes I was a big time tomboy.

Now that I have a round, plump, fleshy character I need to give her a name. Picking a name can be one of the hardest things for any writer. I tend to look at names in a stereotypical way.

For example: My name happens to be Virginia Ann, which sounds very southern, but I was born and raised in California. I was named after my aunt, so my name has family history to it, however, I don’t feel my name fits me or who I am as a person. This is something you need to keep in mind when naming your characters. As parents, we cannot see who our children are going to be or what their personalities will be like when they grow-up. But we can see who our characters are and picking a name that fits or does not fit means a lot to a reader. So for this character I feel she needs a name that can be shortened into a nickname, like Samantha.

Finally, I need to make my character act and feel like a real teen. One way to do this is to ask her questions about herself. Here are few questions I like to ask my characters:

1. Do you get along with your parents?

2. Are both your parents living?

3. What subject do you like in school?

4. Who is your favorite teacher?

5. Worst teacher?

6. What sports to you like?

7. Can you play a musical instrument?

8. What do you hate?

9. What do you like?

10. Who’s your best friend(s)?

11. Like to eat and drink?

12. Favorite saying?

13. Movies, T.V. shows, and music you like?

14. What’s the worst thing that has happened to you?

15. The best?

16. What do you do for fun?

17. Any pets?

18. If you can have anything what would it be?

19. What would you change about yourself?

After I interview my characters as fully as possible, I then put them in a situation with each other. This may be a scene I end up using for my story, but mostly it is just an exercise to see how they relate to each other. Then I take each character and put them in a scene with a stranger on the street or at the mall. This gives me a better idea of how they talk, act, and feel about different environments.

As you develop your characters, trust them to let you know how they feel about a situation and use their dialogue, thoughts and actions to express their feelings. Believable characters act, think, feel and speak as “real people” do.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Article Wednesday: 7 Habits to Avoid

There are all kinds of writing tips floating around on how to do this or that correctly. Today we're going to take a different approach and focus on what NOT to do when writing an article. Lets face it article writing can be time consuming and sometimes even presents challenges that can be frustrating. As a result, you don't want your time and effort to be wasted when people don't even read what you wrote. What we're going to address here today is how to write an article that will not only ATTRACT readers but one that will also keep them reading. We're going to focus on subtle little habits that we may develop that actually sabotage our article writing efforts. Here are 7 habits that can actually repel readers that you will want to avoid when writing articles: Avoid UNPOPULAR Topics It is always a good idea to focus your efforts on topics that interest you. It certainly makes the article research easier to conduct and you are usually already somewhat knowledgeable about the subject. However if you pick something of little or no interest to readers the odds are against your article being read by many people. When conducting your article research you can easily check on the popularity of the subject thru a quick online search. The numbers in your search results will clearly indicate how popular the topic is. Pay MORE Attention to the Title Don't just slap any title on your article and assume it will work. You want to title your article in a way that will catch a reader’s eye. Shock them, challenge them, provoke them, or arouse their curiosity in some way with your title. If your title doesn't attract a reader they'll NEVER read your great content and your effort will be wasted. Avoid Drifting From Your Point When you choose a topic you want to pursue maintain the theme or intention or your article throughout the entire body of your content. Articles that tend to drift from the point can quickly make a reader lose interest and as a result, they may never completely read it. They chose your article since the subject interested them therefore keep their interest by staying on the subject! Present Your Content in a Logical Order When you write an article you're in essence writing a short story that has an introduction, the body of content, and then a conclusion. Your article should 'flow' or have a logical fashion in the way the content is presented. If you jump around from point to point in a way that does not makes sense to the reader you will confuse them. Once again, you're discouraging them from completing your article. Use a Reader Friendly Format When writing articles, be careful NOT to be carried away by your interest or enthusiasm for the subject and forget that you ARE writing for the reader. Be sure that the formatting of your article, the way in which it is laid out, is reader friendly. In earlier articles, I spoke of varying formats that are more appealing to a reader. One popular format is listing out your points numerically in the article to make it easier for readers to follow or to reference later. Avoid Rambling Keep your paragraphs as brief as possible. Make your point and then move on. The more you write the greater the tendency to ramble. If your content requires longer paragraphs to make a point you may considered breaking the article up into a series of separate articles. Articles are meant to be relatively brief so be aware of this when putting your content together. Avoid Content That DOESN'T Benefit Reader The article research you conduct should give you some useful, thought provoking, entertaining, or otherwise worthwhile information to present to your reader. Quality content should ALWAYS be the foundation upon which you 'build' your article. You do not want to waste the readers' time. Of all the writing tips, you may hear the most important one to remember is this: any time you're writing an article keep your readers in mind. By supplying content they will like and presenting it in a way that's easy to follow topped off with an eye-catching title your article likely will get you the results you want!

About The Author

TJ Philpott is an author and Internet entrepreneur based out of North Carolina. For additional online success tips and a free guide that demonstrates how to find both profitable markets and products visit:

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Novel and Picture Book Workshops St. George Area

When: August 14, 2010 9AM to 5PM Location: Will be given to you upon registration. Cost: $50. Includes free books and abundant materials. (Note: If you want to come, but can't afford it, you can help Rick Walton with one of his projects in exchange for workshop tuition. Email Rick at for details.)

Faculty: Picture Book Workshop: Rick Walton is the author of 80 books for kids including several best selling picture books. He works with a wide range of publishers, and is friends with a number of agents. He teaches a picture book writing class and a children's publishing industry class at BYU.

Novel Workshop: Mette Ivie Harrison is the author of several best selling fantasy novels, including Mira Mirror and The Princess and the Hound. She has a PHD from Princeton and has done the Iron Man twice, including the one this year in St. George. She publishes with Henry Holt, Viking, Harper Collins, and Egmont. Schedule: 9:00 -10:00 Introduction to writing for children and adolescents. 10:00 - 12:00 Break into picture book and novel groups. Discuss what makes a good and bad picture book and novel. Critiquing of manuscripts. 12:00 - 1:00 Potluck Lunch and chat about writing for children 1:00 - 3:00 More critiquing 3:00 - 5:00 Back together to discuss marketing and to help you develop a plan to sell your manuscript. 5:00 Go and write! If you are interested, email Rick at letting him know you plan to come and whether you write picture books or novels.

Send your check for $50 dollars to:

Rick Walton

2880 N 840 E

Provo UT 84604

Register soon! Space is limited.