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Writing Prompts Using Animals

Illustrations of animals are a great way to encourage students to write.

There are so many ways to use writing prompts in class- why not use animals? The added benefit of using animals is that the writing may be fantasy, … Read More

Writing Prompts and Writing Resources for Teachers

I’ve found two awesome websites for teachers that focus on creative writing… First, JournalBuddies run by Jill Schoenberg.

It’s an amazing website filled with over 10,000 writing ideas and journal prompts for kids, young writers, and people of all ages. … Read More

Honorable Mention from SVS- I’ll Take It!!!

We all like to be recognized- particularly when we work hard. It’s even better when that recognition comes from professional illustrators, AND your work is compared to that of Chris Van Allsburg!

Recently I was awarded Honorable Mention in a … Read More

Student Radio Theater Stories Inspired by My Art!

I came across corndogart and immediately fell in love with the artwork and the possibilities that the images held.

I was honored to have my art chosen and used by the Young Writers Institute‘ in PA. M. E. Shenefiel is … Read More

Writing and Illustrating Twisted Fairy Tales

What if the Big Bad Wolf was framed?

Twisted or “fractured” fairy tales are old, familiar fairy tales told with a twist.  They challenge us to ask “what if”, through words and images.  Writing and illustrating fractured fairy tales gives … Read More

Through the Keyhole Lesson- My Most Popular Writing Prompt

Teaching students to make inferences is a core component of thinking critically.  Using visual writing prompts encourages students to think divergently, and when given time to look and think about the image, students partake in debate about the meaning of … Read More

The A to Z of Picture Books

Want to know what happens after you submit your picture book to a publisher? Last week I attended The A to Z of Picture Books, presented by author Kat Yeh and Rotem Moscovich, Editor at Disney-Hyperion.  The presentation was true … Read More

Use this Story Starter Illustration as Your Next Writing Prompt

Looking for something to write about? Use my illustration, Vegetable Medley, to inspire your next story!

Use the following written story starters and incorporate one or more into your next amazing tale:

  • As the sun went down, he held … Read More

Use Picture Book Art to Write Your Best Story

Whether you are an artist or a writer, staring at a blank page is nerve wracking. We are all looking to be inspired and excited about our craft.  Using art- looking at it for characters, texture, setting and mood- can … Read More

Using Art to Help Children Deal With Fear and Anxiety

 “It got worse by the minute.  It seemed like nothing could stop it.”

I painted this image while listening to news reports of terrorism, wars, and general atrocities I can’t mention here.  I couldn’t help but think about the … Read More