Yesterday I attended Penny Holguin’s workshop on writing for children. She’s the author of the award winning book Sarah O’Hara Gift of the Fairy Wings.
Writing children’s book has been a dream of mine for a long time, but one I’ve pushed to the back of my mind and off the top of my to-do list. But while sitting through the workshop I couldn’t help but reconnect to that joy of writing for children.
Perhaps it’s because it’s a way for me to be silly and playful in my writing.
I’ve always been able to easily get down to a child’s level, even though I don’t have any of my own kids.
My first business was a youth theatre franchise, where we taught the kids drama and put on performances. While I hated being in front of the audience, I loved being silly with the kids. We would act like animals, roaring like tigers, walking around on all four’s barking like a dog, or using different accents to portray a character. It was fun!
When you let yourself into the world of a child, you can release your imagination and let it run wild! There anything is possible, and there is an amazing feeling of freedom.
I look forward to one day sharing my children’s writing with everyone!