Is Your Creativity a Mirror or a Flashlight?

By Tony Snipes

Is your creativity a mirror or a flashlight? Is it a “Thermometer” or “Thermostat”? Does it reflect what’s in the heart already or change the surrounding? A mirror reflects what’s in front of it. The viewer sees what’s already there. A flashlight sheds light in darkness. The viewer gains new insight that is useful to moving ahead. Here’s an […]

More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am

By Samantha Bell

  When you think about writing for children, you might picture stacks of picture books or a shelf full of novels. But did you know there’s a large nonfiction market as well? In my workshop session “More Than Just the Facts, Ma’am”, I’m going to introduce you to the world of children’s nonfiction and educational publishing. […]

ArtSlam Live!

Six artists with one hour (or less!) to paint a picture that’s three feet square in size. What else could it be but ArtSlam Live? For the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of participating in ArtSlam Live, a timed art competition created by artist/writer/creative coach Tony Snipes. And while there is a winner […]

Get Published the Easy Way!

By Amy Parker At a book signing not too long ago, a woman approached and asked the seemingly innocent question I’m asked at almost every event. “So, how did you get published?”   Over the years, so many people have so generously provided guidance for my career, and I’m always happy to pay that forward […]

Ten Things NOT to Do When Writing a Picture Book

By Samantha Bell Do you have a picture book in the works? If so, you know they are a lot harder to write than most people think. Whether you’re just starting to write your manuscript or you’re in the final stages of revision, here are some things NOT to do: Do not write down to […]