August 2008

I love smoothies, and this recipe is as healthy as it is delicious. A little extra finessing makes it especially good.

  • 1 Cup Orange Juice (Treat yourself to fresh squeezed or a brand that is not from concentrate.)
  • 2 Cups All-Natural Organic Strawberry Yogurt
  • 1 Cup Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • 1 Cup Frozen Blueberries (Wild blueberries offer even greater health benefits than farm-grown.)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Vanilla-flavored Protein Powder


Pour the orange juice into a blender suitable for making smoothies. Add the yogurt, followed by the protein powder and frozen berries. Blend at smoothie speed for about one minute. Enjoy!


NJCWG's own Very Berry Smoothie

The finessed version:


For a step up in enjoyment, and this is where the finessing comes into play, reserve a cup or two of this mixture and freeze. The next time that you make this recipe, add the frozen reserve in with the full recipe for a wonderfully icy version.


Note: Make sure that your frozen berries are pre-washed, if not, wash and drain them, then stick them back into the freezer for several minutes before using.



~ Sheila

© 2008. All rights reserved.

Tasha Tudor sipping tea with a pet.Tasha Tudor would have been 93 years young today.  She might have celebrated her birthday by doing some of the things that she loved most: inviting family and friends into her lovely garden, baking a cake from scratch, churning a batch of homemade honey-lavender ice cream, and perhaps even throwing a tea party.  Her memory will forever remain a reminder of the importance of simple pleasures.

Memorial Service

In this spirit, her family invites those who admire her work to “…take a moment for tea, plant a special flower, or read through a favorite Tasha book.”

A special memorial service to celebrate her life is scheduled Friday, September 12, 6:45pm - 8:30pm at the Adams Family Farm in Wilmington, Vermont.  For more information, please call 802-257-4444.

Our thoughts go out to Ms. Tudor’s family.

~ Sheila

Our thanks to WDVR and Stepping Stones’ Hilary Murray for hosting us on her show yesterday. We had a great time, and hope that our listeners did as well!

~ Sheila & John

P.S. to Rita, who called in during the show with a question about software for writers: We are on the case! Stay tuned…

Just a quick reminder that our Flemington Writers/Critique meets tonight, Wednesday, August 27th, from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Borders Bookstore/Cafe in Flemington, New Jersey.

Anyone interested in joining the Guild is welcome to drop by. We hope to see you there!

~ Sheila


Fast asleep with Mom...

Wonder what bedtime story lulled this little one to sleep?

This summer’s annual Kutztown Folk Festival was a wonderful experience!


We hope that you enjoy this collection of photos from the event, and mark your calendar to attend next year!

All photographs © Sheila and Joshua Wright, 2008.

 WDVR - 89.7/91.9fmIf you live in an area served by public radio station WDVR (89.7fm / 91.9fm), tune in at 5:03pm (yes, 5:03!) on Tuesday, August 26th for Hilary Murray’s program Stepping Stones to hear our founders, John and Sheila Wright, discuss The New Jersey Children’s Writer’s Guild.

It should be a lot of fun!

~ Joshua

The New Jersey Children’s Writer’s Guild is forming a new writing/critique group which will meet the first Wednesday of every month from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at the Barnes & Noble Cafe in Bridgewater, New Jersey (Somerset Shopping Center, 319 Route 202/206 Bridgewater, NJ 08807).

Our first meeting is scheduled for September 3rd, 2008. We will be critiquing all genres of children’s literature. As always, we offer a truly supportive environment in which our members can advance their skills. All interested are welcome! For more information, please email John or Sheila Wright.

We hope to see you there!

~ Sheila

NJCWG Founders, John and Sheila Wright

NJCWG Founders, John and Sheila Wright

A hearty congratulations to our Founders, Sheila and John Wright, whose work was accepted to the Rutgers One-on-One Plus Conference, sponsored by the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature.

Scheduled for October 18, 2008, the Rutgers Conference offers “a unique one-on-one format [giving] writers and illustrators a rare opportunity to share their work with an assigned mentor,” and “brings together the largest number of professionals of any conference of its kind.”

We wish John and Sheila all the best!

~ Joshua

The publishing process is often byzantine even for experienced writers, and those undertaking it for the first time can easily find themselves adrift in a sea of misinformation.  

Writers needing a “nuts and bolts” introduction to children’s publishing can take heart: Clay Winters (President of Boyds Mills Press) and Highlights for Children are readying a lifeline!

… What writers and illustrators really need is an experienced guide to take them by the hand and walk them through the publishing maze. “A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing,” developed by the Highlights Foundation, will do just that! During this weekend workshop, nine publishing professionals with dozens of years of experience will share their insider knowledge about the worlds of children’s books and magazines.

Workshop leader Clay Winters is president of Boyds Mills Press and has been in publishing for more than forty years. Before coming to Boyds Mills Press, he was president of Putnam/Grosset Books for Young Readers, the children’s book group of G.P. Putnam & Sons. Clay’s guest faculty will include an editorial director, book and magazine editors, an art director, and a publisher. Acclaimed novelist Carolyn Coman and award-winning author/illustrator Lindsay Barrett George will add the book creator’s point of view to the mix.

Faculty members will answer such questions as “How do I choose a publisher?”, “What happens when I submit my manuscript?”, “Do I need an agent?”, and “What is the author’s role in book promotion?”

A Crash Course in the Business of Children’s Publishing will run from September 26 - 28 in northeastern Pennsylvania; those interested in registering should contact Jo Lloyd (toll free) at 1-877-512-8365, and visit the Highlights web site for more information.

~ Joshua

As part of their Tuesday Professional Series, the Metro NY Chapter of SCBWI will be holding “Marketing Your Own Work” with Susan Raab of Raab Associates, Inc. Registration is limited to 80 participants and the cost is $15 for SCBWI members, and $20 for non-members.

Location: The Anthroposophical Society, New York Branch, 138 West, 15th Street, between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue.  

Time: 7pm - 9pm.  Doors open at 6:45pm.  Tickets may be purchased at the door, but advance purchase is recommended.  

For more information, please visit the SCBWI Metro New York Web Site.

~ Sheila

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