Do any of you local Twin Citians harbor a secret desire to write a picture book? I’m teaching a one-day workshop on “The Puzzle of Picture Books” this Saturday, November 20, from 12:30-4:30 p.m. at the beautiful Loft in downtown Minneapolis. Picture books are usually written with children in mind, but not always – for … Continue reading One-day workshop on picture book writing, this Saturday, November 20
Until about half an hour ago I would have responded, had you asked me if I kept a journal, “No. I don’t keep a journal.” Because I don’t. If you had persisted, and asked me, “Did you ever keep a journal?” I would have said, “Yeah, when I was in fifth grade. It was one … Continue reading Is This Where We Are?
Do you like coffee? Excellent. We have French Roast available for your drinking pleasure. Should you prefer add-ons, we have heavy cream, half ‘n half, and 2% milk in the refrigerator to your left. Sugar can be found in the baking supplies cupboard directly above the counter where I am carefully pouring boiling water through … Continue reading Let Us Begin with Coffee
When I first moved to Minneapolis, I took a job teaching Chinese at a big public city school. I was new to teaching, and teaching–especially grades K-12– is wonderful but exhausting. I would power-teach three to four days a week and then ease into the weekend by reading aloud to my students for the last … Continue reading Why I Started Writing for Children (instead of just grownups)