Upcoming Events

Writing for the children’s Magazine market

As one of the SCBWI-IL network co-reps, I’m delighted to host this free online event in November. The pandemic has affected most aspects of our lives, and that includes writing for children. Happily, the world of children’s magazines is still robust. Long-term editor Paula Morrow, of both the Cricket group and the Highlights group (not simultaneously, of course!), will share her observations and insights about how the market is changing and why it’s still a great place to submit your work. To find out more about Paula, please check out her website.  To join in our event, please see link on the SCBWI IL Networks page.



Are you an enthusiastic, budding writer in grades 3 – 5? Could you be the next Jason Reynolds or J.K. Rowling? Come along to flex your creativity with author Sarah Hammond and create your own Big Book of Stories! We will learn how to create gripping plots and discover memorable characters by playing games, reading excerpts, and experimenting with a variety of storytelling exercises. As well as learning effective writing tips, there will be the opportunity to express yourself through illustration and crafts and, most importantly, have lots of fun along the way! If you would like to learn more, click here.

creative writing workshops

I run a series of classes, both online and in person, including:

      • Storytelling in Word and Image (Grades 4 +)
      • Story Builder Workshop Series (Grades 4+),
      • Writing City: An Enriching Literary Experience (Grades 5 +),
      • Story Explorers (Grades 1-2), and
      • Zoom Story Shorts (an online class that promotes a daily short burst of creativity).
See Program Options for more information about each class. To find out about scheduling, please Contact Me.


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