2-3:30: Welcome, Rebecca Pepper Sinkler!
Your session with Ms. Sinkler, former editor of The New York Times Book Review, will not be all childlike genius, but rather a very grown-up discussion about craft. Specifically, I've asked her to talk to you about what she requires for non-fiction blogs for SafeKidsStories.com. Please make her welcome, and have ready your project descriptions and any questions about how to begin the blogs, how to interview your subjects, how to get enough color and action into a piece that's all talk or ideas, how to end. Ask her what young writers--or old ones for that matter--often do wrong, or what she's delighted to find in a new blog. Ms. Sinkler has anecdotes, experience, editing energy, humor, and a well of generosity for this, her city, for children, and young writers. Enjoy!
This week, we will do the scheduling of deadlines that I failed to do with you last week--after promising Kupa I would. Oy! Aspen Challenge winner(s) will be announced on March 29, and we are hoping to publish Aspen Challenge stories during the month of April. This is only the second time we will publish stories during the term in which they are written. We will need them written sooner rather than later so that Ms. Sinkler has time to read, edit, and talk to you about them.
Anyone whose page count is looking short need to do another piece? Here's a very good one one: https://www.rvcrew.com/rebel-crumbles/
Finally, page counts for children's books. Here's a good article from the Guardian, although WritersDigest.com has lots of them.