Category Archives: Recent Ramblings
I’ll be instructing again at Write-On Camp for 3rd-5th graders at the historical Weymouth Center and home of the NC Literary Hall of Fame. Click the picture above (from the Weymouth webpage) or read below:
“Each August, in a setting that has inspired writers for more than a century, Weymouth hosts Write-On Camp for students in grades 3-5. This year’s camp will run Tuesday, August 1st – Thursday, August 3rd.
Hours are: Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am – noon; Thursday from 9am to 1pm.
Write-On Camp is a summer tradition that includes writing fiction and poetry. This year, an art element has been added to explore the visual nature of the writing process. Professional North Carolina writers and a professional art instructor will teach the August camp.
Experienced writing instructors, Beth Copeland, Laurie McKay and Karen Poppele are joined by artist, Ellen Burke, forming an outstanding team under the direction of John Amen for this year’s Write-On Camp. Copeland is a highly acclaimed author, poet and essayist whose work has been featured on PBS Newshour. McKay is the author of the popular young reader series, The Last Dragon Charmer. Poppele is a skilled writer and editor, specializing in creative writing. Amen, the author of multiple books of poetry is currently on tour with his highly acclaimed, Illusion of and Overwhelm. Burke, an experienced educator and local artist will be teaching the art of “in depth observation by exploring not only what they see, but what they think.” Students will explore writing with inspiration from personal experience, imagination and the beautiful gardens and grounds at Weymouth Center.
There will be a student performance for parents and guests on Thursday from 12-1 pm.
Cost: $50 per child includes all supplies and snacks; Scholarships, generously sponsored by Turnberry Press, are available for students unable to meet the cost.
Please call 910.692.6261 for more information.”
I had a wonderful school visit with the fourth and fifth-graders of Ocracoke School on Ocracoke Island, NC. The kids were fantastic. So were the teachers and parents – including Ms. Sundae Horn who wrote an article about the visit for the Ocracoke Current. I got to eat a delicious lunch from Eduardo’s with everyone.
Also, I was much impressed with the hearts the students made for the visit. The visit was in February around Valentine’s Day.
It was a lovely visit. I hope the kids will decide to write, write, write, and that everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.
Very sadly, my and my mother’s dogs passed away last year about 6 months apart. They were old – Sally was almost fifteen-years-old and Simon was just shy of seventeen-years-old. They’ve both been part of the family for a long time and were very good dogs so it was heart-breaking to lose them.
And here’s old man Simon:
We waited a few months, but we’ve gotten a new puppy – Bailey Ball. He’s smart. And sweet. And a bit of a monster – hopefully he’ll grow out of that! He’s also pretty adorable.
My final book in the Last Dragon Charmer series is available today! That means that all three books are ready to be read!
That’s all for now!
Click on the cover to get a copy of the first book in the series!
Today is pub day for the paperback for QUEST MAKER (The Last Dragon Charmer #2), and the paperbacks look great. Copies can be ordered at your local independent bookstore (see list to the left), Amazon, B&N, and wherever books are sold!
Not only that, there is a sneak peek – the first 15 pages – of book three, REALM BREAKER, in the back. And there is some lightning.