As you might remember, I absolutely love the Spring conference run by the New England chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators
Have you ever come across a picture book and found it difficult to determine who created the illustrations? Most of the time, the illustrator’s name
CAROL GORDON EKSTER: Laya, what led you to become a writer for children? LAYA STEINBERG: The one-word answer: children. Mine. I know, that’s two words. Probably
Or, Why you shouldn’t talk during your own critiques An encore post from 2014. Have you ever been part of a focus group? Eight to
Writing is a solitary profession. You face the page, the words head-on, alone with only your mind to feed your message. Letters accrue into
In the spirit of Flash Fiction, this post will be 500 words or less. The previous words count. So do these. You get the idea.
Teaching was my first passion. Even before I went to school, I played teacher with all who would study under me. And then I became
Ever since my first SCBWI conference I have touted the importance of attending these functions to every writer who asks me how to get published.
I participated in the Arlington (Massachusetts) Book Festival last weekend, one of three on a panel discussing revision, and the moderator popped a surprise question
We all know a book that touched our life, that made us cry or laugh out loud. I know I’m preaching to the choir here.
This is a story about book people, a table, and some croc-a-mole. Once upon a time Ron McCutchan, then Art Director for Cricket Magazine, had
Writers’ Rumpus has lost one of our own. I was surprised to discover, when I looked back through our writing group’s attendance lists, that Liz
We Need Diverse Books. Four simple words. This movement is not a trend or a fad, but a way of life. Diversity is all around
It started with an idea and a passion. To write. To find readers. And to get paid. Six months ago I decided to take myself