Posts Categorized: Writing

Book Talk for Kids

Coming up with ideas for books is a natural part of an author’s life. It can be as challenging as it is enjoyable. Children can also take part in this creative part of the writing process. In a recent school visit to West Tualatin View Elementary near Portland, Oregon, I had a wonderful opportunity to… Read more »

All Things Fairy

     When KGNU News Director Maeve Conran isn’t busy sending news stories over the airwaves, she’s often creating fanciful fairies at home. Born and raised in Dublin, Maeve loved reading about fairies as a child. “I always liked fairy books,” Maeve said. “I remember a pop-up book I had that had fairies in them… Read more »

SCBWI Nonfiction Summit

Last Saturday, children’s writers from across the Front Range stepped into the Chautauqua Community House for a daylong workshop about writing nonfiction for kids. The event was sponsored by the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Four panelists shared a great deal of information and advice. Carolyn Yoder,… Read more »

Tough Love at the CWA

Every year, a vibrant group of intellectuals, scientists, writers, artists, musicians, business folks, spiritual thinkers and more, heads to the campus of the University of Colorado in Boulder, to participate in the annual Conference on World Affairs. The CWA, which is held in springtime, was founded in 1948 by Howard Higman, a professor of sociology… Read more »

Step by Step

Writing is a lot like dancing. It takes patience, requires one to stretch, must be done on a regular basis, and the effort usually produces good feelings. It seems like I’ve been writing since I was five, but I didn’t take up dance until I was an adult—more specifically, a “very adult.” For the past… Read more »