Category: Writing

Pearls of Wisdom

One of the things I love about children’s books is they often contain perfectly formed pearls of wisdom. You can take them out of context and they don’t tarnish. You can take… Continue reading

Minecrafting a Story Workshop

What could be better than computer games and writing? When it comes to Minecraft, they go together perfectly. I have heaps of fun at my Minecraft workshops and the kids are always… Continue reading

SCBWI Andrea Pinkney Award

I love first pages. Some people judge a book by its cover and I’ve done that too. But for me, the first page is king. If the first page is wonderful, I’m… Continue reading

Week 3-4 #STUBC16: Where I Want to Visit

Week 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge is  free choice and Week 4 is “About Your World”. Some of my students are doing Activity 7 “The Place I Would Like to Visit Most”. That… Continue reading

Awesome Animals Blog Tour

I’m thrilled to welcome an author whose life-long dedication to children’s literature is inspirational. It was my privilege to give the introduction speech when she was so deservedly given the Lady Cutler… Continue reading

You can’t write with a blunt pencil

When I saw The Successful Children’s Writer”: Many Eggs, Many Baskets tweeted by Sue Whiting yesterday, my first thought was to dissect why it was such a good heading having just completed a… Continue reading

How to give writing group feedback

I’m a huge fan of writing groups. I’ve always found being a member of one both motivating and helpful. In the course of my writing life I’ve belonged to many critique groups both face-to-face and… Continue reading

Favourite Blog Posts: Zeroing in on Words

Zeroing in on Words is a blog post from The Editor’s Blog, 12 June 2014. Every time I go to blog about this post I get distracted and that’s one of the… Continue reading

I found something shiny in my email

Email is not one of my favourite tasks. It’s a never-ending pile and it’s always in danger of collapsing on me. I’ve tried many strategies to manage it but nothing is working… Continue reading