Happy New Year?

I’m lucky to live in a world of people who care about people. It’s the people who take care of the people. It’s the people who hold up the dignity and dreams of others. It’s the people who stand up for justice and equality. Are you part of this world? Take a look around you. Take a look inside you. If you’re questioning any direction in your life, if you’re...
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NaNoWriMo & PiBoIdMo

What a month for writers! And while I can’t do all the incredible writing activities that take place every November, they always motivate me to inspire others.   NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month Let’s start with the longest running. NaNoWriMo began in 1999. That first NaNo binge, as you’ll learn more about HERE, “had little to do with any ambitions we might...
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Home-Grown Summer Reading

If you want your kids to be writers, read to them. Read with them. Summer is the perfect time to read, and if you live here in the Seattle area, you don’t have to go far from home to find authors with great stories to share. A big chunk of my reading time is dedicated to their words. As a children’s author, teacher, and school librarian, I know how lucky I am to live here in...
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Writing Teacher “Has it Her Way”

It can’t be easy to teach writing to a group of primary special education students, but Lynn Madore is committed to her students’ success. If you’re a teacher, try using a bit of your summer to engage your inner rebel—Madore style. Lynn was a student in my online “Writing with Kids: Real Writing with Real Results” continuing education course—one of the ones who...
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Reluctant Writers

This morning I saw a post on a writing-teacher group that read, “How do you help reluctant writers?” As my heartbeat raised and I sat up straighter in my chair, I knew I had to respond. I didn’t stop writing the response until I was forced to stop because of reaching the maximum word count, but I still have much more to say. I could write a book on this topic, and yes,...
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