Yearly Archives: 2017


  “I’m writing in hope for ________.” What is it you hope for in/with your writing? Do you hope to achieve world peace; to stop climate change; to love people better, using your own written words? You could incorporate New Year’s resolutions you’ve already written, or create some with this […]

Coffee + Writing 1/20


Just like that, National Novel Writing Month is over. Or is it? Well, we can’t win any more virtual badges or anything for another 11 months, but we can keep writing, and we will. This month taught me a lot about writing, motivation and pre-teens, and I hope everyone reading these posts […]

YWP Mat-Su: Wrap up


Overheard in the Colony Middle School library: “Wait, why am I dead?” “I’m Sprinkles and you’re Twizzlers.” “Yours would be more like a dystopia.” I LOVE listening to middle school students talk to each other about their novels — the silly stuff, the insights, everything. These young writers are not only […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 4



Marley was dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that. The register of his burial was signed by the clergyman, the clerk, the undertaker, and the chief mourner. Scrooge signed it. And Scrooge’s name was good upon ‘Change for anything he chose to put his hand to. […]

Coffee & Writing 12/9


Places to publish. Pizza parties. Competition. SO MANY THINGS I COULD COVER. On Monday, a student asked if their work would be published (printed) at the end of the month. I told her that, in the past, YWP has gained enough sponsorships to afford printing/publishing services to winning participants, but […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 3


“Is this good?” “How do I make my characters sound less awkward?” “What should my word count [goal] be?” These are just a couple of the questions my middle schoolers asked me this week. How to answer those questions? Whatever response we give, it likely won’t be satisfactory to every […]

YWP Mat-Su: Week 2