Since learning to write as a young child, I have loved crafting poems and prose. To this day, close family members are sorely disappointed if they don't receive a poem with their birthday card! Stories, especially those inspired by my former patients, fill my head- begging to be told. I particularly enjoy writing children's poetry, picture books, chapter books, middle grade novels and young-adult novels. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and am actively involved in multiple writing critique groups. Follow me on Twitter for writing tips, inspiration, and writing contest information or find me at The Writing Barn where I am lucky enough to be a fellow.
Courses Attended: The Writing Barn's Write Submit Support 6-month novel intensive The Writing Barn's Courage to Create 6-month program The Newberry Library's Writing For Children course run by Esther Hershenhorn. Picture Book Blueprint run by Laura Backes Chapter Book Blueprint run by Laura Backes & Alice Kuipers The ABC's of Writing Children's Poetry course run by Heidi Bee Roemer.
Conferences Attended: Northwestern Summer Writers' Conference. Chicago, IL (2016) SCBWI'S Prairie Writer's & Illustrator's Day. Palatine, IL (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) WriteOnCon online conference (2017) SCBWI'S Spring Thaw. St Charles, IL (2017) SCBWI Summer Spectacular (2020) SCBWI IL Interactive Writing Conference (2020) YALL Write Virtual Festival (2020)
Awards: Illinois Arts Council IAS Professional Development Grant (2020) for development of a middle-grade novel
Competitions & Writing Challenges: PBPARTY (2017)- I was a finalist in this competition. Check out my entry here REVPIT (2017, 2018, 2020, 2o21) Storystorm (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) 50 Precious Words Writing Challenge (2017) REFOREMO (2017) Chapter Book Challenge (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020) Author Mentor Match (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) Write Mentor (2018, 2020, 2021) Pitch Wars (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021)