Hug Notes for Writers

Dear Writers:

A poet friend just e-mailed me with news about his son, who is a television writer. Another friend is a professional vocalist and music teacher and her daughter inherited mama’s vocal ability. My gymnastics coach’s kid grew up competing in the sport.

I think it’s great when a kid who shows a talent or proclivity and can benefit by their parents’ knowledge and experience in that milieu.

Maxeen age 25

Isn’t everyone’s mom the most beautiful woman in the world? Born in 1920, my mom was about 25 in this pic. She was the first fan of my writing.

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The Little Novelist Workshop

Dear Writers,

Registration is now open for The Little Novelist Workshop, a new class I’ll teach this fall for parents and their daughters who love to write!


Cover design by Madeleine Corson

Over my years of teaching, parents have asked to bring their teens and tweens with them to writing workshops normally attended by adults, explaining that there aren’t that many creative writing classes in the area geared toward middle-school-age and teenage writers. Watching the marvelous interaction between parent and child about writing inspired me to develop this class for parents/caretakers and their daughters who love to write. This one-day workshop will help parents interact with their child about the material the young writer produces in a fun and nurturing manner. Continue reading