The Writer's Journey


(interview by CWG President Sheila Wright)

Sheila: Hello Al, and welcome to “The Writer’s Journey!”

You are one of the original members of CWG, and it is a pleasure for me to introduce you to our readers and to share the exciting news of your new book Mutiny and the Mouse: Seymour in the Pacific.

Al: Thank you Sheila and the CWG for inviting me to chat with you about my work.

Sheila: I like to start off interviews by asking writers how they came to write for children. How did you transition from writing technical articles and books in computer technology to writing children’s stories?

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(interview by CWG President Sheila Wright)

Sheila: Hello, Margie, and welcome to The Writer’s Journey!

Margie: Hi, Sheila – great to reconnect again, and thanks for having me!

Sheila: I thought that I would start off our interview by letting readers know how we met. You and I had the opportunity to attend the Highlights Foundation publishing workshop hosted by Clay Winters in 2008. I believe that you were still working on your recently published Merinda and the Magic Mirror manuscript at that time. (more…)

The hero’s journey is already in your story DNA. It’s what makes you respond instinctively to some books . . . and not respond to others. But to use the journey as a writer, you must extract it and unravel it and look at it under a microscope. If you answer this call to adventure, you’ll gain a true understanding of the hero’s journey—the underlying structure of all successful plots. You’ll see how the journey plays out in book after book—from picture books to novels—and you’ll discover what’s working in (or missing from) your own work.

Sign up at http://www.highlightsfoundation.org/workshops/heros-journey/

Self-Promotion:  Your Key to Success

 

Where can you learn the publicity techniques needed to promote your books, gain practice in public speaking and presentation skills, and participate in a real-life school experience—all in an intimate group setting, with one-to-one attention? Gail Jarrow believes it is with the Highlights Foundation in March 2013.

 

In 2012, Gail, an award-winning author of books for young readers, attended this workshop. She shares her experience below.

 

If you’re like me and many of my writer friends, you’re more comfortable in front of a computer screen than in front of an audience. But we all realize that being in the public eye is an important and necessary part of being an author. Peter Jacobi’s Life in the Spotlight workshop has helped me to do a better job of promoting myself and my books.

The Book Garden in Frenchtown is hosting a range of YA author workshops.

For info go to www.bookgarden.biz and click on SPARK Community Writers Workshop Series.

In this installment of The Writer’s Journey, member Jennifer Troulis interviews children’s author Steven Kroll
Jungle Bullies, by Steven KrollSteven KrollThe Boston Tea Party, by Steven Kroll

Hello, Steven, and Welcome to The Writer’s Journey!


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Cofounder Sheila Wright interviews children’s writer and NJCWG member, Jennifer Troulis

City of the BanishedThe Enchanted House of WhispersJennifer Troulis

Hello, Jennifer, and welcome to The Writer’s Journey…

Sheila: You grew up in Edison, New Jersey in the late 60’s writing and illustrating stories based on your family and pets. I seem to recall that you once told me that you still have those early stories. Was your love of writing and illustrating influenced by your parents? (more…)

Photo of Bruno GrigolettiThis month, NJCWG member Kathi Kurz interviews Bruno Grigoletti, author of The Soul Patrol. Thumbnail of The Soul Patrol

Hello, Bruno, and Welcome to The Writer’s Journey!

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The Writer’s Journey is a section of the NJCWG web site that explores the challenges and rewards of endeavoring to be a professional, published writer. This column features thoughts from cofounders John and Sheila Wright as well as interviews with other writers and artists whose personal experiences offer valuable insights to all who aspire to put pen to page.

Children's Author/Illustrator Dar Hosta
Author and Illustrator Dar Hosta

(NJCWG will be hosting a presentation by Ms. Hosta at the Hunterdon County Library on Route 12 on December 6th from 2:00 - 3:30pm with a book signing to follow)

 

Hello, Dar, and Welcome to the Writer’s Journey!

 

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The Writer’s Journey is a section of the NJCWG web site that will explore the challenges and rewards of endeavoring to be a professional, published writer. This column will feature thoughts from cofounders John and Sheila Wright as well as interviews with other writers and artists whose personal experiences will offer valuable insights to all who aspire to put pen to page.

Hello, Lyn, and welcome to The Writer’s Journey!


Children's Author Lyn Sirota in Garden

Children's Author Lyn Sirota


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