Summer Writing Camps

Monster corner book marks

It’s almost time for school to start again, but I’ve had lots of fun over the last few months with the students in my summer writing camps.

I heard some wonderful story beginnings: from modern folktales, to time travel dystopias, to animal shenanigans, to memory-inspired realism.


Paper plate faces


My Grades 1-2 Story Explorer classes involved some book-related crafty fun. Here are some pictures of the projects we tried out.

It’s always exciting to hear the ideas and the meet the characters that are born in a workshop. Everyone has a story to tell.



SCBWI-IL Co-Rep News

I’m thrilled to have been invited to join the SCBWI-IL Oak Park and Near West Suburban Network as Co-Representative, alongside Sallie Wolf and Karen Walker Ward. As a newcomer to Chicago, it’s wonderful to feel part of a vibrant writing community again. I used to live in Bath, England, a place hopping with writers and creative ideas and all things bookish — I’m lucky to have landed on my feet again. We meet at 7pm on the second Thursday of the month in either the Main Library or Dole Library in Oak Park for lots of story shenanigans. You can find out more about the Illinois Network plans here.

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