-image of research books I used to write my nonfiction biography for middle grade, JANE AUSTEN FOR KIDS
SERIOUS WRITER ACADEMY
Hi! I’m an instructor with the Serious Writer Academy where I teach video classes you can download and watch in the comfort of your own home at your most convenient time…even in your pajamas! Each class comes with a number of video modules to watch along with oodles of handouts that include brainstorming worksheets, handy lists, inspirational posters, and more! In these classes I share insider’s tips based on my successful career as a children’s writer spanning more than 30 years and over 100 published books with publishers big and small. You’ll also learn practical steps you can take to help you experience success as the writer you long to be.
#1. Getting in the Writer’s Zone
As writers, we often sit down at our desk and demand our brain turn on like a light switch. The brain, however, literally has a mind of its own. It refuses to be manipulated, bargained with, or even persuaded to perform. Just as a trainer can teach a dolphin to perform at a 5:00 show, however, you can learn effective strategies to train your brain to work with you. In this downloadable video class, I’ll show you how. Goodbye writer’s block. Welcome to the Writer’s Zone! CLICK HERE for payment details and to sign up for my class.
#2. Writing Humor for Kids
Do you want to make kids laugh? Learn how to help your manuscript tickle those funnybones. From crafting scenes with a laughter-inducing punch to writing slapstick, you can learn techniques and silly strategies to implement in picture books, beginning readers, chapter books and middle grade novels to make young readers chuckle and laugh out loud. In this downloadable video class, I’ll show you how. CLICK HERE for payment details and to sign up for my class.
#3. Developing 3-D Characters with Top Secret Detective Files
Want to change your cardboard characters into a 3-D cast kids will connect with as friends? Craft a Top Secret Detective File to get the inside scoop on what makes your characters come to life. You’ll learn how to interview your characters, use a Word Wall to impact your characters’ personality, and brainstorm ideas for your main characters and secondary characters alike! In this downloadable video class, I’ll show you how. CLICK HERE for payment details and to sign up for my class.