For Teachers

Where Do Writers Get Their Ideas?

November 5, 2015

It’s “Throw Back Thursday,” and from now until the end of the year, I’m going to post a writing-related “relic” each week. It’ll be a mix of topics, so whether you’re a reader, a writer, or an educator, you should find something that’s relevant — and hopefully, interesting. This one’s for teachers, librarians, and anyone […]

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Questions Answered. Info Offered.

July 6, 2015

It’s July, and I’m officially the Featured Author of the Month for the Missouri Society of Children’s Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). In my interview with fellow author and Missouri-SCBWI member Peggy Archer, I talk about everything from writer’s block to agents, with a hummingbird somewhere in the middle! Featured Author of the Month PAL Author […]

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A Night at the Library — May 20, 2015

May 21, 2015

It’s been a long time since I’ve been back to the old neighborhood. My dad’s old neighborhood, that is. He grew up in a Hansel-and-Gretel house in St. Louis Hills, an area of south St. Louis that looks much like it did when I visited as a child. Tonight, I have the pleasure of speaking […]

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No kittens, puppies, or stupid people stunts. I promise!

January 16, 2015

I don’t do YouTube. This squirrel just doesn’t need another shiny object to distract her from writing. But once in a blue moon someone I know recommends something on YouTube, and today is a blue moon day. The video is from William Cappel Elementary in Troy, Missouri. Click here to view. In it, teachers and […]

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Outside Can Be the Right Place to Write

September 17, 2013

An article in The New York Times today affirmed what my dogs already know: writers are more productive when they write outdoors. Every time Luke and Nemo see me walk through the house with a notebook or my laptop, they head straight for the front door and practically herd me outside to write.  It works. […]

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