More tips from the Highlights Foundation

Like all of the faculty members for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, prolific poet and picture book author Eileen Spinelli enjoys sharing her wealth of experience with other children’s writers. As the tip below shows, Eileen knows how not only to inspire but also to challenge those who really want to write for kids.

“In terms of ‘writing time’—it’s not a matter of finding it. It’s a matter of making it.

Ask yourself:

Can I get up a half hour earlier each day?
Can I give up an hour of TV?
Can I write on my lunch break?
Can I write in the cracks of my day—ten minutes while waiting for a prescription . . . fifteen minutes while the supper soup simmers . . . twenty minutes while the baby is napping?

Forget waiting until life settles down. Life never settles down.

If you really want to write . . . feel called to write . . . somehow, some way you will do it.” —Eileen Spinelli

About Eileen Spinelli
Eileen is an award-winning author and poet whose work includes the 1991 Christopher Award winner Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch. Eileen has published more than thirty books for children. Some of her recent titles include Silly Tilly, Princess Pig, Summerhouse Time, The Best Story, and Miss Fox’s Class Goes Green. Read more about Eileen at

Eileen Spinelli is just one of the outstanding faculty members on board for the Highlights Foundation Writers Workshop at Chautauqua, July 17-24, 2010. If you’d like to learn more from Eileen, sign up while spaces are still available. To reserve your spot, contact Jo Lloyd at 570-253-1192 or e-mail, or register online at

For more information on this year’s faculty and other details about the week-long children’s writers workshop that attendees call “life changing,” visit

About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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