We’re pleased to welcome Kate O’Shaughnessy to the blog! Kate, a member of our in-person Lunch Break, has completed two middle grade manuscripts and has work with a freelance editor on both. She was kind enough to answer our questions about the why, the what, and the how of working with a freelance editor. Kate […]

As follow-up to our craft review of Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible KidLit, the author herself graciously agreed to answer some of our burning questions.  Welcome, Mary! KidLit Craft: Let’s dive right in. How did your craft book come about? Mary Kole: I learn by talking about things. Sometimes too much. Ask my husband. Probably not […]

craft review by Kristi Wright Often when I read writing craft books, I’ll treat them like a buffet, read a little here, read a little there, stuff myself silly with the tastiest craft ideas and leave less interesting fare untasted on my metaphorical plate. With Mary Kole’s Writing Irresistible Kidlit, I read voraciously from the […]

As middle grade writers, it’s often difficult to get substantial feedback from industry professionals on our work. Here are five opportunities that give you more feedback than the average conference critique: Rutgers One-on-One Plus Date: October 21, 2017 Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey Application Deadline: June 27, 2017 http://ruccl.org/conference/about-one-on-one-plus.html http://ruccl.org/application/conference-application.html The One-on-One Plus pairs each […]

In early March, many of our members attended the our regional SCBWI conference at Asilomar conference center near Monterey, CA. In addition to a windswept beach for inspirational walks, the conference offered an amazing faculty as well as time to hang out with other writers in person. The theme was Find the Heart In Your […]

We’re pleased to have debut author Jill Diamond join us for the New Year. Her delightful middle grade novel Lou Lou and Pea and the Mural Mystery came out in October, and it found its way onto two of our reading lists (here and here). Jill is a regular Lunch Breaker, and she’s just as […]