May 2011 online workshops

I begin new workshops on the first Wednesday of the month.
The May 2011 workshops will begin on Wednesday, May 4th.

New to children’s books?
Learn about the different types of children’s books in the Children’s Book Genres Workshop.

Ready to write?
Write and edit your book in the Intensive Picture Book Workshop or the Children’s Novels Workshop.

An online workshop does not have a physical meeting place or classroom hours, so my students have come from six continents. (No driving needed!)

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Frisco Public Library May 7, 2011

On May 7, I will be speaking at the Frisco Public Library from 3-4 pm.

Here is a copy of the press release the library sent to the paper:

Is There a Book Inside You?
Overcome writer’s block, stay creative and find an agent
Free and open to the public

Aspiring writers from age 12 to adult will have the opportunity to learn the tips of the trade from Anastasia Suen, local publishing industry consultant and author of more than 125 books for kids and adults. Frisco Public Library is sponsoring this free workshop as part of Children’s Book Week. Suen is best known for her series, Robot and Rico, and the Jake Maddox sport series both for elementary age readers.

The workshop is open to the public. No tickets or registration required. Two continuing education credits are offered through the Northeast Texas Library System. Participants must register for the credits in advance at

Frisco Public Library
3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 7
Vivian McCallum Room
6101 Frisco Square Blvd.

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Write with me during Poetry Month

For Poetry Month, I invite students of all ages to send me an EduHaiku poem…

Q. What is EduHaiku?

A. A 3 line poem about something you learned at school today.

Q. How do you write an EduHaiku?

A. Try this.

  1. Select a topic from one of your school subjects.
  2. Brainstorm a list of words about your topic.
  3. Count the syllables in each word.
  4. Use the words to share a short thought with the haiku format.

Q. What is the haiku format?

A. Haiku has 3 lines.

  1. The first line has 5 syllables.
  2. The second line has 7 syllables.
  3. The third and final line has 5 syllables.

Share your poems with me on the EduHaiku blog or the Twitter. (Send it as a message to @EduHaiku or use the #eduhaiku hashtag so I’ll see it.)

Teachers, I’d love to hear from you and your entire class!

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Hamster Chase for Little Bay Primary

Hip, hip, hooray! 20 copies of Hamster Chase came in for my visit to Little Bay Primary on Wednesday!

Hamster Chase

The hamster is loose! When Peter takes Mikey, the class hamster, out of his cage to pet him, Mikey escapes. Peter and his friends search the classroom, but everytime they come close, Mikey runs away again! How can they get Mikey back to his cage? $4 including tax

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