Tag Archives: writing picture books

A Cafe Chat with Tara Lazar, by Lindsay Bandy

I’m having so much fun hanging out in the Cafe with one of my kidlit heroes, Tara Lazar! She’s a prolific author, an award-winning blogger, and Supermom. And she’s about to add “Pocono Retreat 2018 Faculty Member” to her resume! … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Executive Art Director, Designer, and Illustrator Giuseppe Castellano, by Lindsay Bandy

It’s Pocono Retreat Interview Season! Today we have our first faculty interview of 2017 with Giuseppe Castellano – an award-winning Designer, Illustrator, and Executive Art Director at Penguin Random House. Giuseppe also offers personal guidance for illustrators through classes and … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Adam Lehrhaupt, by Lindsay Bandy

This chilly Halloween morning, we welcome author Adam Lehrhaupt to the cafe! Adam spoke at Fall Philly recently, he’s got new books on the way, and he’s basically just fun to hang out with. So, he’s here to talk books … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Ame Dyckman, by Lindsay Bandy

It’s officially Spring!! It may not feel like it quite yet, but it’s here, and the Pocono Retreat will be here before we know it, too! If you still need to register, just click here! Today, the Eastern Penn Points … Continue reading

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What My Writing Time REALLY Looks Like, by Nadine Poper

I am sitting here on a Saturday night, in my home office, trying to finish a PB manuscript for my third book about dachshunds, aka wiener dogs.  I sat down tonight with the intention of writing til the end of … Continue reading

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Last Writer Standing, by Lindsay Bandy

What does late-night comedy writing have in common with writing for kids and young adults, you ask? Ah, very much indeed. On Wednesday nights, my husband and I enjoy getting the kids to bed and watching Last Comic Standing for some … Continue reading

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Reining in Picture Book Back Story, by Anna Forrester

 Way too often on a first draft, I lead with back story. It’s a habit I hope to outgrow as my writing matures. But in the meantime, I need strategies to fix it once all that background info is already there, … Continue reading

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