Getting the Gigs — Highlights Foundation workshop

This past week I made my first (but definitely not last) trip to the Highlights Foundation facility in Honesdale, Pennsylvania. Set in the countryside, there were beautiful walks and trails to be enjoyed during our free time.

A lovely view near the Barn

A lovely view near the Barn

Award-winning author Larry Dane Brimner led the workshop, titled “Capturing the Spotlight: Getting the Gigs.” It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from Larry and other well-established authors about the nuts and bolts of school visits, promoting one’s work, connecting with librarians and teachers, etc. I had in depth-conversations with Selene Joy Castrovilla, Melanie Hope Greenberg, and Vicki Cobb (among others). The small group size made it comfortable to talk to everyone in the workshop, whether presenter or attendee. I cannot wait to go back to another Highlights workshop and look forward to continuing friendships with everyone I met here.

Larry Dane Brimner and I enjoying the view of the countryside -- and Selene Castrovilla's author car!

Larry Dane Brimner and I enjoying the view of the countryside — and Selene Castrovilla’s author car!

Selene Castrovilla's AuthorMobile

Selene Castrovilla’s AuthorMobile

Hanging out with new friends Jodi Moore (right) and Selene Castrovilla (center)

Hanging out with new friends Jodi Moore (right) and Selene Castrovilla (center)

I was so thrilled to meet one of my favorite author-illustrators, Melanie Hope Greenberg.

I was so thrilled to meet one of my favorite author-illustrators, Melanie Hope Greenberg.

Vicki Cobb and I had lots of great chats about nonfiction writing.

Vicki Cobb and I had lots of great chats about nonfiction writing.

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