How to Encourage an Aspiring Young Writer

Posted by on August 2, 2018.

Does your child love to write? How can you encourage her passion without turning writing into a chore?

As I write this from a writers’ retreat in Lost River, WV, I’m reflecting on what’s helped my writing, from making up my own stories as a young child until now, as a  Master’s candidate in Fiction at the Bennington Writing Seminars.

After 20 Years, CLiF Has Just Begun

Posted by on March 8, 2018.

Twenty years ago this week the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) was born.  
 
Like all new nonprofits, we started small. Our first initiative was the Rural Library Program. We created it to provide collections of new, high-quality children’s books to rural public libraries in New Hampshire or Vermont that were struggling with limited resources, and that wanted to attract more young readers.

The Interesting Connection between Literacy and Behavior in Children

Posted by on February 8, 2018.

People are getting more enlightened today with the help of literacy. Without literacy, we wouldn’t be able to shape meaning out of the world. That is why it is so important to continue fighting for the increase of literacy for everyone.

Shipwrecks, Flying Pigs & Talking Fruit: VT PBS Kids’ Writing Contest

Posted by on April 27, 2017.

What do shipwrecks, flying pigs, and talking fruit have in common? There were all featured in story submissions for the Vermont PBS Kids’ annual Writing Contest, which I had the pleasure of judging last week.

Last Friday, I joined nine other writers, librarians, and members of educational non-profits at Vermont’s PBS headquarters in Colchester to review 106 compelling stories written and illustrated by talented students from all over the state. 

August 8 Friday Links Library

Posted by on August 8, 2014.

I’m so excited: I’m reading the manuscript of a friend’s just-finished mystery novel.

I love reading more than pretty much any other activity (besides, maybe, eating), and reading a friend’s work — especially when it’s great — is so much fun.

A Novel Idea

Posted by on November 1, 2013.

I have a theory that everyone who loves reading also has their own book kicking around in their imagination.

It’s simple: reading other people’s stories empowers us to tell our own. I would bet every one of us — faced with an incredible real-life situation, waking up from a dream, looking up an interesting fact — has thought, This would make a great story.