/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 Authors Guild and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and am actively involved in multiple writing critique groups. Follow me on TwitterandInstagram 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 6-week intensive: Crafting The Chapter Book with Marcie Colleen (2022) The Writing Barn's 6-week intensive: Writing With Authenticity with Jessixa Bagley (2022) The Writing Barn's 6-month intensive: Write Submit Support For Novelists with Carrie Jones (2021, 2022/2023) The Writing Barn's Courage to Create 6-month program (2021, 2022, 2023) The ABC's of Writing Children's Poetry 4-week intensive with Heidi Bee Roemer (2018) The Newberry Library's Writing For Children 6-week intensive with Esther Hershenhorn (2016) Picture Book Blueprint with Laura Backes (2016) Chapter Book Blueprint run with Laura Backes & Alice Kuipers (2016)
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, 2022) Write Mentor (2018, 2020, 2021, 2022)- I was selected as a 2022 Write Mentor summer mentee Pitch Wars (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021) KissPitch (2022) PB Chat Mentorship (2022) Rogue Mentor (2021, 2022) #PitchMe (2022)