All aspects of creative writing including but not limited to: How to get started, creating vivid characters, establishing voice and point of view, setting a scene, writing exercises. How to publish, where to submit, how to write a query letter and what to do when submission is accepted and how to proceed when you receive a rejection. General question on the business of writing including the ever important topic of blatant self promotion.
President of boutique publishing company, Community Voice Media, (published two books of short stories written by kids in grades K-12)Senior Staff Writer for Washington,DC area newspaper. Columnist and book reviewer About Families magazine, award winning short story writer,Executive Director Young Voices Foundation -Mentoring Young Writers, writing coach and conference speaker.
Pennwriters www.pennwriters.org (Board of Directors) Young Voices Foundation, Executive Director www.youngvoicesfoundation.org
Purcellville Gazette Newspaper, About Families Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul and Cup of Comfort Anthologies, True Story Magazine, Freedom Chronicles, Byline Magazine, and more
High School - Many years of writing classes and workshops. Instructor after school enrichment program Round Hill Elementary School, Round Hill, VA
Named Outstanding Woman of Loudoun County, VA 2006
Finding and mentoring young wirters is my passion and my mission. I want to stand in line at book signings and tell people I knew the author when he or she was just getting started. When that happens I do my Snoopy Happy Dance.
I want to know what young people think and how I can help them clarify their thoughts and express themselves through the written word.
The introverted kid you think has nothing to say is full of creativity and hoping to find an outlet for expression.
All across America parents, coaches and community members gather in support of young athletes, and that is a good thing. However, we have failed to offer the same type of support for the creative young person. I want to give these kids a practice field of their own. They may or may not end up as professional writers but, they will develop a life long love of reading and writing.
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There are many ways to publish your writing these days. You can sign up for CreateSpace and self publish your books via Amazon's free print on demand service. Your book will be available immediately on
Regarding agents rejections: If they are saying anything to you about your writing, and not just sending you standard "not for me" responses, that is a very good thing. Pay attention to their comments
Kate, There are a number of ways to promote a self-published book. One is to hire a PR firm. However, publicity people want to start planning a campaign before the book comes out,not after, in order
The short answer to the question, "How long should a short story be?" is "Long enough to tell the story and short enough to leave the reader wanting more." But, that isn't the answer you are looking for
New writers often have trouble sorting out all the ideas bouncing around in their heads so this question comes up often. The answer to that question often lies in this question. What do you like to read