Picture Book II is Through!

Monday was my last online class with author, Jason Gallaher through the Writing Barn. I had an incredible time working with Jason and connecting with other PB writers. I had the opportunity to revise two of my manuscripts with the class: Mirror and Lost Bookworms. I received encouraging feedback and look forward to revising my work.

Next up: Study Hall in June with Marcie Colleen, author of Love Triangle and the Super Happy Party Bears series.

Until then…happy writing!

Picture Book Course @ The Writing Barn

I am half way through the online “Perfecting the Picture Book II” course I am taking through The Writing Barn. I have had 3 manuscripts critiqued by the lovely Jason Gallaher, author of Whobert Whover, Owl Detective. It has been an amazing experience so far and I am looking forward to the next 3 weeks. Jason will be critiquing one more manuscript of mine (or a second look revision) and I will also be sharing one or two of my manuscripts with the whole group for critique! Exciting!

Here are a few picture books I have discovered and loved through taking this course:

  1. Before I Leave by Jessica Bagley
  2. One Big Pair of Underwear by Laura Gehl
  3. Bob, Not Bob! by Liz Garton Scanlon & Audrey Vernick

I have also re-read and enjoyed some other favourites such as:

  1. Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
  2. LMNO Peas by Keith Baker
  3. Not Quite Narwhal by Jessica Sima

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the Writing Barn at http://www.thewritingbarn.com



Thank you SCBWI

Over the years, I have had the opportunity to attend many conferences, mainly through being a member of the SCBWI. I have taken richly informative workshops with a variety of authors and illustrators and have listened to very engaging presentations prepared by them.

Some of the most memorable encounters have been with: Tomie dePaola, Jerry Spinelli, Katherine Paterson, Ann Brashares, Marc Brown, Ame Dyckman, Adam Lehrhaupt, Marcie Colleen, and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen.

I have also met many editors and agents and have had my manuscripts critiqued by some. I have participated in round table discussions, first page workshops, and have had the opportunity to have lunch with some too.

Each experience has brought me one step closer to achieving my dream of becoming a published children’s book author. It has been an adventurous journey so far and I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for me!

If you’re not a member of the SCBWI, I strongly suggest joining. It’s a great way to network and to learn all of the ins and outs of the business.


The Writing Barn

Happy Sunday!

I just signed up for an online course with The Writing Barn. It’s with author, Jason Gallaher and it starts in a few weeks. I’m still thinking about the course with Adam but went with Bethany’s advice and decided to start with Picture Book II. I’ll walk away with 3-4 new PB drafts!

I’m really looking forward to this opportunity. It’ll be great to meet some fellow picture book writers—would love to create a new critique group as well.

Check out: http://www.thewritingbarn.com for more information.

That’s all for now!


First blog post

Thanks for stopping by! I am currently working on a number of picture book manuscripts—try and catch me without a colored pen and notepad—you never know when an idea will show up!

I am also working with Marcie Colleen, author of ‘Love Triangle’ through an exciting mentorship opportunity. You can visit her website at: thisismarciecolleen.com

I’m thinking about signing up for an online workshop with author, Adam Lehrhaupt through The Writing Barn. I had the pleasure of meeting him at an SCBWI conference a few years ago! He’s hilarious and super talented!

That’s all for now. Have a great day!