About Writing, Teaching Writing

Creative Expression

I have always had the need to express myself creatively. I drew and colored and wrote stories, and later tried every art or craft I could. It was more than fun. My very soul demanded creative expression. I even remember making up stories in middle school and passing them off as truth--like how my mother… Continue reading Creative Expression

About Writing, Expository, Narrative

Creative Nonfiction

One of the writing genres we teach in sixth grade is personal narrative. A narrative is a story, or fiction, but a personal narrative is based on a real event. The struggle is getting students to write good stories about an event in their lives. Now personal essay, or memoir, is supposedly a different genre.… Continue reading Creative Nonfiction

About Writing

Foreshadowing – a writing device sometimes misused

Another guest post! Today I'm reblogging a post by one of my fellow horse story writers. So exciting that she mentions my own books in her article! Thanks, Connie! Reading and Writing Devices¬† -¬† Foreshadowing. by Connie Peck A while back I was involved with a fairly tough critique partner who wrote in a vastly… Continue reading Foreshadowing – a writing device sometimes misused

About Writing

Historical Fiction

Today Sarah Johnson's blog, Reading the Past features an article I wrote. It details the preparation and writing of Under the Almond Trees. It explores the question all historical fiction writers face--how much fact and how much fiction do I include? Click on the picture to the right to read my article. Please leave a… Continue reading Historical Fiction

Teaching Writing

Teaching Writing in Elementary School

Children enter kindergarten loving school. They eagerly begin learning their alphabet and look forward to writing their name. By the time they reach sixth grade, they groan when the teacher says, "Take out your pencil and three pieces of binder paper." Somewhere along the line, writing has become a dreaded chore. Something has killed the… Continue reading Teaching Writing in Elementary School