Friday Half-Day Writing Workshops for Grades 3-5

Thomas in a tree

When: Selected Friday Riverview School District half-days from 1:30-3:30 Who: 3rd-5th graders (Need not attend Riverview Schools) Where: Carnation Tree Farm! What: A variety of workshops ranging from poetry to stories to creating a play. 7 wkshps =$155 6=$150 5=$135 4=$120 3=$99 2=$70 1 = $45   Sniffing Out a Story 1 — March 6 […]

Announcing the Hotchkin-Bond Award for Creative Excellence


“Hotchkin” because I grew up a Hotchkin and that’s when I began writing. “Bond” because it was given to me by the wonderful man I married, who is my most splendid encourager, and the reason I am able to keep writing.     Hotchkin-Bond Award for Creative Excellence This award is given to a high […]

Why We LOVE Revision

Dragon story

I’ve heard it. I work with kids: “But I like my story the way it is. I don’t want to change it!” (And to tell you the truth, I may hear that even more from grownups than from kids!) But the reason I love revision is that it allows me to write badly. Which, frankly, […]

Be a Sweetheart for Orphaned Children in Africa

Songea Kids

From the New Day Africa website  What a delightful time we had yesterday at our Valentine Party for New Day Africa, making valentines for the children of the Green Door Orphanage in Songea, Tanzania. These are kids who have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS. Christine Tapert, the “founding mother” of this organization brought such […]