, , , ,

Day 3 RECAP: Writing classes, programs, and workshops…

Arctic Circle1Arctic Circle2

The Day 3 prompt invited a discussion about writing classes, programs, and workshops. As they are welcome to do, some ABC participants wrote on the topic; others wrote on topics of their choice. Here is just a small sample…

MARY ELLEN STEPANICH – Mary Ellen Stepanich, PhD

“With a firm determination, I vowed to wear a pedometer and count my steps daily, with the goal of increasing them until I reached 10,000 steps per day and lose my ‘saddlebags.’ So, the first thing I did was to search through my kitchen junk drawer because I knew I had tossed one or two in there over the years.


“What I found there were SIX pedometers of various sizes – all of which had dead batteries. So, I guess I’ll have to postpone my walking until I can get to the store to buy another one with a fresh battery already installed. My rationale is that the cost of a new pedometer would be very little more than the price of a special battery – which I probably wouldn’t know how to install anyway.”


RITA GOLDNER – Orangutan Blog

“Today’s prompt, about classes/workshops I’ve taken to hone my skills as an author and the classes/workshops I’ve taught, got me thinking about teaching and learning, which I consider part of the same cycle. I started my journey with an 8-week class taught by Molly Idle who later became a Caldecott honor winner. Molly wanted everyone to write and illustrate his/her own book. I was comfortable with illustrating, and my pictures were colorful and whimsical, appropriate for a kid audience. I was weak in writing skills, and my narrative was stilted and didactic, which does NOT work for kids. We learned that a picture book author can write a manuscript, and if accepted, the publisher will find an illustrator. The reverse is not true, a publisher won’t accept a sketchy story idea, with pictures, from an illustrator and then find an author to write it well. If I wanted to create picture books, I had to polish my writing skills. I signed up for Molly’s advanced 8-week course, and by the end I was hooked!”


BETH KOZAN – Beth Kozan

“I proposed a workshop to teach other adoption workers at a national adoption conference [a] technique of journaling. I called the workshop ‘Swimming with Alligators – When You Just Can’t Get It Off Your Mind…’  I practiced on my staff; I practiced on a group of other professionals. I was ready to go national. It was fun!


“Over the years, I have attended expensive, weeklong workshops and I have attended ones that charged almost no fees. The value, I find, is never relative to the cost. The true value has more to do with the energy I put into the workshop.“

Please see the rest of our authors’ blog links and read them! They’re really good…

To continued learning and improvement!



If you’re just learning about the Challenge for the very first time, don’t let the late hour sign-me-updeter you from joining! Fill out the REGISTRATION FORM, read the Guidelines, and begin blogging away! You’ll qualify for the contest to win a $50 gift card to the bookstore of your choice IF you back-post for all the days you’ve missed so far AND add your name to the MisterLinky for each date. Details will be sent via email upon your registration.