Special Writers Forum Workshop…

Writing for Children: Anyone Can Do It, Right?

Special Writers Forum Workshop: Saturday, March 12 from 10:30-2:30 (1/2-hour lunch break at noon) $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers

If you have ever read a book to a child and thought, Hey, I can do that…how hard could it be? then this four-hour special program presented by Writers Forum is for you. A skilled and accomplished panel of speakers representing the genres in children’s literature will share insights, experiences, and advice from their journeys as authors and illustrators.

Discussion will include what differentiates children’s literature from other types of literature; tips on pursuing a career in this rewarding industry; and an introduction to the premiere organization of the children’s book world, SCBWI, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. The program will include audience participation as attendees are divided into groups to practice writing a query letter to an editor or agent, how to deliver an elevator pitch for your work-in-progress, or how to write a clear synopsis for your manuscript. Each group will be moderated by one of the panelists.

Presenters are Jessica Taylor, Elizabeth Stevens Omlor, Ellen Jellison, Cynthia Saye Kremsner, and Linda Boyden. To cover expenses for our speakers, there will be a minimal charge of $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers. Our customary refreshment table will be available; however, attendees are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch if they desire.

Pre-registration is not required. Attendees may pay at the door. The event takes place at All Saints Episcopal Church, 2150 Benton Drive, Redding, CA 96003. For further details, contact Writers Forum Program Chair.

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Member Monday: The Crepe Myrtle by Linda Boyden

Welcome back to Member Monday.  It’s a pleasure to feature a poem by poet, storyteller and children’s author, Linda Boyden.  Just in time for Christmas, you can purchase a hardback copy of Linda’s newest picture book Boy and Poi Poi Puppy at All About Books.

The Crepe Myrtle

by Linda Boyden

It waits in the front yard,

a loyal dog

eager to welcome us home

standing silent

stationary

sharing its beauty

season to season:

a dark lattice silhouette in winter;

a verdant explosion of green come spring;

and in the dead of summer

a pink riot of blossoms cheer us

through smoke or drought and heat;

but in the autumn

its glorious leaves

shimmer and flick

tiny bursts of gold,

as if painted by Klimt.

A Note from the Webmaster: If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com. Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free. Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links. The author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter. Thank you!

Member Monday: The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall by Phil Scrima

Nonno (Phil Scrima) and Terra, his German Shephard

Welcome back to Member Monday.  Today we take a peek at Phil Scrima’s latest book The Little Leaf That Wouldn’t Fall.

This is a story about a Little Boy and a Little Leaf who grew up together. They go through the seasons of life and have a loving bond forever. It’s a story about life and death, and that life carries on.

“My Mom and Dad said that leaves can’t talk,” the Little Boy said to the Little Leaf. “How come you can talk to me?”

The leaf curled up, smiled, and then answered, “Anything is possible in a little boy’s or girl’s imagination. That’s what makes them special!”

PHIL (Nonno) SCRIMA lives in Redding, California with his wife Joanne; they have two sons, one daughter, nine grand children and one great-grandchild. Although Phil writes adult fiction, he decided to write some children’s stories for his grandchildren and other children who would like to fantasize in the wonderful world of imagination.

A Note from the Webmaster: If you’re a Writers Forum member in good standing and would like to be featured on Member Monday, please send your submission to writersforumwebmaster@gmail.com.  Submissions should be 75-750 words, appropriate for all ages and error free.  Please include a short bio, a headshot and any related links.  The author retains all rights and gives permission to Writers Forum to publish their submission on the website and/or in the newsletter.  Thank you!
 

Jan Brett at Barnes & Noble TODAY!!!

Jan Brett, beloved children’s author/illustrator, will be at Barnes and Noble today at 4pm.  I am absolutely giddy as I type this because I’ve wanted to meet her since I was a kid!  I use her books all of the time in my first class for reading. writing and art lessons.  She is brilliant!  Have I gushed enough?

She will arrive at 4pm, do a drawing lesson at 5pm and sign books after that.  The first 100 purchases of her new book, Mossy, also get an autographed poster and a ticket to get your book autographed, too.

Click here for more details and information.

I hope to see you there!