Join me on the Cape!

In August I will be on the Cape, teaching the write-for-kids segment at the Cape Cod Writers Center Conference in Hyannis. This is the 50th anniversary of the conference, and I feel honored to be part of it.

Writing fiction is hard enough, full of rules and guidelines, possibilities and disappointments. Writing for kids is even more specialized. But the longer I'm in this business, the more interested I am in the process. How do we find our child voice? How do we write stories that appeal to people 35 years younger than ourselves? Knowing what we know as adults, how do we "unknow" -- or do we have to "unknow?" Wait, what do I even mean by "unknow"???

Sign up. Join me and find out!

Here's some information from the website (

Announcing the 50th Cape Cod Writers Center Conference, August 5-10, 2012

In honor of our 50th anniversary, the  Cape Cod Writers Center Conference will take place from August 5-10, 2010 at the Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis.

While we had many happy and productive years at Craigville, our increasing attendance, need for additional classrooms, state-of-the-art technology, and more convenient parking mandated our decision. The Resort & Conference Center of Hyannis has 233 air-conditioned rooms, extensive modern amenities, ample networking opportunities and unlimited free parking.

To celebrate our Golden Anniversary the Cape Cod Writers Center is hosting an outstanding staff of teachers — authors and poets, editors, media experts and agents listed below.

Keynote Speaker, Monday, August 6,   7:00 p.m.   
Joseph Finder, Thriller Author and NY Times Best-Selling Author.

Keynote Speaker, Tuesday, August 7,  7:00 p.m.
Amy Caldwell, Executive Editor, Beacon Press

Keynote Speaker, Wednesday, August 8,  7:00 p.m.
Andre Dubus, New York Times, Best-Selling Novelist


Matthew Pearl, New York Times Best-Selling Author, The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow, The Last Dickens and The Technologists.

Jule Selbo, Hollywood screenwriter and head of the MFA in Screenwriting Program at California State University, Fullerton

Lee Harrington, best-selling memoirist of Rex and the City

Michelle Hoover, novelist and recipient for 2010 Massachusetts Book Award “Must Read Pick, Forward magazine’s Best Literary book of 2010.

Pitchpalooza, the nationally acclaimed program by Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry

Brian Schwartz, president and president-elect, Colorado Independent

Vivian  Shipley, Award-Winning Poet, Distinguished Professor and Editor of Connecticut Review, nominated for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize

Benjamin Leroy, award-wining publisher of Tyrus Books, F&W Media

Karen Day, award-winning novelist for middle-school students

Sam Cornish, Boston Poet Laureate

Jamie Cat Callan, best-selling author and Massachusetts Cultural Council Awardee

Randall Peffer, acclaimed author of six crime novels, nonfiction books and national magazines

Gina Barreca, best selling author and syndicated humorist, professor of English at University of Connecticut

C.E. Lawrence, award-winning playwright and thriller writer

Reade Scott Whinnem, popular young adult novelist

Peter Drummey, Stephen T. Riley Librarian (director) Massachusetts Historical Society