Calling all NF writers!

This week I wanted to introduce you to a new - and FREE - activity for nonfiction writers.

NF Fest, organized by the Nonfiction Chicks in February, is a month-long crash course in writing nonfiction for children. Participants will learn the craft from 29 authors and others in NF publishing through daily posts. Daily activities will get you writing and researching in small steps. It's all free, and there will be prizes!

For more information, and to view the posts in February, see Join the NF Fest Facebook community at for updates and discussion.
This year's bloggers will include:

Karen Blumenthal/Candace Fleming
Beth Anderson
Carla McClafferty
Melissa Stewart
Heidi Stemple
Barb Kramer
Sophia Gholz
Nancy Turminelly
Donna Bowman
Mary Kay Carson
Traci Sorrell
Cynthia Levinson
Jen Bryant
Jill Esbaum
Kerry McManus, Marketing Director
Don Tate
Meeg Pincus
Lisa Schnell
Susannah Deevers
Vivian Kirkfield
Kelly Halls
Stacey Graham, agent
Bethany Hegedus
Alice Duncan
Rob Sanders
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Chris Mihaly
Steve Swinburne

Holiday Gifts for Writers

Need ideas for holiday gifts for your fellow writers? 
Looking for ideas that people can get for YOU, their favorite writer?
We’ve put together some gift ideas that might be just what you’re looking for!


 How about a mug, tote or T-shirt with a special saying
 about books, reading, writing or editing?
 Check out CafĂ© Press and Out of Print.


Etsy is a good place to start to look for writers’ jewelry. Find clever ideas for necklaces, pins, bracelets, earrings, rings and even cuff links.


Pay for subscriptions to newsletters such as Children’s Book Insider, or membership sites like 12 x 12 and SCBWI, subscription boxes and streaming services for writers. Check out this link for subscription box ideas:


Fill their stockings with writing software, file folders, paper clips, notepads, pens, printer ink, or gift cards to office supply stores, bookstores, or Amazon.


Help your author friends realize their writing goals with a planner for 2020 or a journal for jotting down inspirations and ideas.  


Help pay for a manuscript edit, to have a website built, attend a conference, take a writing course, or spend a weekend at a writers’ retreat. Unworkshops at Highlights cost $150.00/day.


Check out The Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market 2020, Guide to Literary Agents 2020, or the many books on the process of writing and/or publishing that can be found on Amazon, Kobo, Barnes and Noble, and the iBookstore.


What do writers want most? Time to write! Offer to babysit or help take care of a loved one while they get away for some alone time to finish that manuscript.

Or, create a special space for your writer with a sign that reads: DO NOT DISTURB – CREATIVITY IN PROGRESS.