July 29, 2019

In one short week, this small tribe of fearless poets explored personal identity, studied objects intensely, wrote haiku and travelogues, and delved into the dreamy waters of surrealism. Best of all, we collaborate...

July 20, 2019

These artists were BURSTING with energy this week. They wrote about dragons and hippopotamuses and tragic marriages and cookie monsters. And that is just a sampling of their crazy imaginations. Please enjoy their g...

July 12, 2019

This was a really special week. All of these girls are SERIOUS about their writing and what more could an author/teacher ask for? We had intense discussions about plot and characters and what makes books disappoint...

July 5, 2019

Writing camps are usually pretty quiet, but not this one. Our humor writing class was filled with laughing, jokes, improv games, and a lot of fun. We learned satire, joke format, comedic pacing, types of humor, and...

July 1, 2019

Graphic novel camp is always a blast, and this year we had the added bonus of a big boxful of comic books donated by DC comics in Los Angeles. The campers work was awesome from the get-go and I hope I get to work t...

June 26, 2019

This is the second summer that award-winning author Natalia Sylvester has taught for us. Her class is always a favorite. You only have to read the work below to know that Natalia inspires the imagination in unique...

June 23, 2019

We offered this class for the first time this year. Over the years, I had too many students telling me that they had already written multiple novels! I decided it was time to offer a class on how to write longer wo...

December 28, 2018

I'm always happy to teach at the Girls School of Austin. The girls there are whip smart and full of imagination and enthusiasm. This lively bunch spent the semester working on graphic novels about dragons and other...

August 1, 2018

The second group of graphic novelists this summer was small but dedicated. They scripted their stories, designed thumbnails of their panels, and carefully colored and inked their work. I think you can see their har...

July 25, 2018

The unofficial theme for this summer's Girls with Pens camp quickly revealed itself to be "Anything is Possible." This group of ten talented campers explored metaphor, point-of-view, imagery and word choice to blen...

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