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Hello! I'm a middle-grade author, writing teacher, reader, walker, bike rider, cat fan, and Shakespeare lover. I live on Bainbridge Island, Washington, a ferry ride from Seattle.

I have a passion for Pink Rainbow donuts.

Thanks for visiting my writing world.

Registration for my Fall 2018 Writing Workshops is now open! 

I'm thrilled to announce that my middle-grade novel manuscript, Zach Hammerkop and the Summer of Doom, was a finalist for the 2018 Katherine Paterson Prize for Young Adult and Children's Writing.

Ten-year-old Zach Hammerkop dreams of being like his namesake, the sleek hammerkop shark, but when he’s forced to join summer acting camp and discovers that a hammerkop is actually a dumb, clumsy bird—just what he feels like on stage—he’s doomed.


Thanks to the readers and cheering audience who made it a big success!

It was an evening of stories, poetry, and inspiration.

Books about Writing Craft

Books for Kids and Teachers

Don't Forget to Write for the Elementary Grades: Ages 5 to 12 by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig

Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades: Ages 11 and Up by 826 National, edited by Jennifer Traig

Guy-Write: What Every Guy Writer Needs to Know by Ralph Fletcher

How Writers Work: Finding a Process That Works for You by Ralph Fletcher

The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg

Mythology by Edith Hamilton

Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors by Marion Dane Bauer

Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing by Karen Benke

Spilling Ink: A Young Writer's Handbook by Anne Mazer and Ellen Potter

What's Your Story? A Young Person's Guide to Writing Fiction by Marion Dane Bauer

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

A Writer's Notebook: Unlocking the Writer Within You by Ralph Fletcher

Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly by Gail Carson Levine

The Young Writer's Companion by Sarah Ellis

Some Gems Especially for Teachers

From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children's Books by Sarah Ellis

How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare by Ken Ludwig

No More "I'm Done!": Fostering Independent Writers in the Primary Grades by Jennifer Jacobson

Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling by Emily K. Neuburger

What It Is: Do You Wish You Could Write? by Lynda Barry

Have Fun with Poetry!

The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems compiled by Jackie Morris

A Crow Doesn't Need a Shadow: A Guide to Writing Poetry from Nature by Lorraine Ferra

Falling Down the Page: A Book of List Poems edited by Georgia Heard

A Kick in the Head: An Everyday Guide to Poetic Forms selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Poetry Everywhere: Teaching Poetry Writing in School and in the Community by Jack Collom and Sheryl Noethe

A Poke in the I: A Collection of Concrete Poems selected by Paul B. Janeczko

Seasons by Warabe Aska, with poetry selected by Alberto Manguel