Sign up for #KidlitSummerSchool 2016!

badge final 4x4-brighter heartIf you’ve already registered for Kidlit Summer School 2016… Hooray! You don’t need to register again, but you can still take advantage of the GIVEAWAY we are offering at the end of this post.

If you haven’t registered yet in 2016,  Just fill out the form by clicking HERE.  Regular registration is open from now until July 15 and to enjoy the benefits of the 2016 program, you should register this year even if you registered in the past. Note that this year we will not be offering late registration.

For those of you new to Kidlit Summer School – find out more about this awesome free program by checking out our updated ABOUT page. Also, if you missed last week’s great motivational posts, click on the home page and scroll down. You don’t want to miss the excellent advice from some amazing authors.

Our theme this year is Heart & Humor. The blog event will run from July 11, 2016 through August 5, 2016.  Why should you register? Well, as always, we’ve got perks for you if you do. Only registered (and pre-registered) members of Kidlit Summer School are:

  • eligible to win any giveaways or books, critiques, or other swag that we’ll be handing out during the month
  • eligible to participate in special Summer School events like webinars
  • able to access the Kidlit Summer School exercise book
  • invited to join our private Kidlit Summer School Facebook community where you can connect to other children’s book creators and lovers of kidlit

Best of all, you’ll be learning from our amazing faculty! Take a look at who you’ll be hearing from by checking out our FACULTY PAGE.

We hope we’ll see you in class!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: All you have to do is mention where you shared this link on social media in the comments below, and you are entered in the drawing for a Kidlit Summer School 16 notebook and tote bag, even if you are already registered! One winner will be selected at the end of KLSS. 

EEEEE! Why #KidlitSummerSchool? This essay tells you!

CourtenayToday’s featured essay was written by Courtenay Schurman! At the end of Kidlit Summer School 2014 we invited those who participated to write an essay on the topic What I Learned in Summer School as a final exam. In just a few days, we’ll begin Summer School 2015! This inspirational essay will make you want to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the great info! If you missed Summer School last year, you can still check out all of those posts right here on the blog. And if you were with us last summer, this post will help you remember those good times. Maybe you’ll want to go re-read some of last year’s wisdom!

Not registered yet? There is still time! Click HERE to register for Summer School 2015. Registered participants have access to the webinars and the exercise book!


What I learned from Nerdy Chicks Write in three hundred words? I’ll boil it down to five: Enlightening, Energizing, Evocative, Empowering, and Enabling.

Rebecca Petruck’s #30mdares (particularly “Fight with your best friend” and “Home is destroyed”) made me stretch beyond my comfort zone to outside-the-box directions I could not have conceived of for my particular story, but which resulted in new scenes I want to include in my finished MG WIP. How enlightening!

The Webinars left me feeling more strongly connected to a larger community of women writers, informally with participants (sidebar chats) and formally through the authors, editors and agents who were our teachers.  I do not know of any other no-charge class like this that covers as much material in an at-your-own-pace format. How energizing!

Kat Yeh’s Character Interview blog taught me to go deeper into my MC’s response by sending other story characters to ask the same question. I will add this technique to my tool box whenever I want to add depth, understanding, and layers to a scene. How evocative!

Kelly Light’s lesson on drawing your MC’s emotion and bedroom was an exercise I never would have tried, since I consider my ten-year-old daughter to be the artist in the family. She taught me value in going beyond my limited beliefs; even if I feel I don’t draw well myself, I can still get a clear visual in my head that can deepen my understanding of character. How empowering!

Finally, Zacharia OHora reminded us that fear is a very real part of the writing profession that we can work past. By taking this first step, I am finding the desire to push forward increasing as the confidence to keep writing grows. How enabling!

CSBy Courtenay Schurman, M.S., CSCS

co-author of The Outdoor Athlete, 2009 (Human Kinetics)

Why Kidlit Summer School 2015?

badge50At the end of Kidlit Summer School 2014 we invited those who participated to write an essay on the topic What I Learned in Summer School as a final exam. As we move toward Summer School 2015, it is time to share some of those inspirational essays! Thank you to Jan Godown Annino for turning in this super-fun essay. If you missed Summer School last year, you can still check out all of the posts she mentions right here on the blog! If you were with us last summer, this post is sure to bring back fond memories. Thank you Jan!

Not registered yet? There is still time! Pre-Registration ends July 6. Just click on the link at the end of this post to pre-register.

Jan Godown Annino

Jan Godown Annino

Hanging out with all the spiffy Nerdy Chicks this summer in
school felt more like being in a mighty cool camp.
EVERY dang day the NC camp flashlite (mini, on a key chain)
illuminated my way in the dark. EVERY day. EVERY nite.
For brevity, just some of the flashes/catalysts:
Kathy Erskine, National Book Award-Winning Kick-off Pro –

Barefoot! my MC is barefoot & I didn’t know it until KE asked
me to understand the walk, shoes & more of the MC.
Rebecca Petruck, Karmic-Guide to the Minnesota SF-
Her sharp summary of BLAKE SNYDER’S “Save the Cat” scene
system of writing puts my stalled MG novel back on track. Will
read his books. Another plus from camp, many new title
Audrey Vernick, Best Buffalo Gal –
Research is not dilly-dallying, time-wasting, diversion.
Milking my meandering moments in researching abolition
for another MG, I find a fun poodle picture book story.
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, Acting Super-Heroine –
Acting out the scenes, characters I didn’t know appear.
Glad she sends writers off to acting class. Wanna do that.
Kat Yeh, Best Twinkie Pie Professor –
Her twist on “interview your character,” provides conflict points
as other characters handle the interview.
Cutting off the letter from camp (thank you, W.H. Beck for the
letters idea) now, but you get the Nerdy Chicks Summer
School camp snapshot. It is an ultra-cool place to tent, take
nerdy notes & thrill to seeing your story(s) skip forward. Plus,
the ice cream flavors (thank you, Ame + Dyckman) are
Too. Much. Fun.

J​an Godown Annino twitter @BkSeedStudio
Jan’s site/blog  Bookseedstudio

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Register for Kidlit Summer School 2015: The Plot Thickens

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