April is celebrated as being the beginning of spring, but for writers, it’s also the beginning of poetry month. So I arranged a special treat for you this month. Our featured author, David Harrison, is the author of more than 100 books, many of which are collections of poetry.
I had the amazing good fortune of meeting David and working with him last year at the Highlights Foundation Poetry for All workshop. He is humble, gracious, funny, and ferociously talented. It was an honor to learn from him, and I wanted to bring that experience to you.
David was generous enough to fit me into his very busy schedule with a Skype interview, which I intended to take 20-30 minutes. We ended up on that call for an HOUR!
One tragedy is that, despite testing the call recorder to make sure it was working (the test worked just fine), the rest of the interview ended up with still, frozen images of us. I certainly didn’t want to make you stare at us like that for the duration of the interview, so I added photos to accompany specific topics during our talk. I’ve divided the interview into seven parts according to theme. This way you can enjoy them in stages if you don’t have time to watch them all at once.
One caveat: In some cases the videos might seem to end abruptly, but that’s because we didn’t break the conversation up into themes – I did that separately. Any parts that don’t come across as well as they should are entirely my error and not David’s.
David has very generously offered to give away one critique to a lucky 12 x 12 winner. Having worked with him, I know how phenomenal his feedback is. THANK YOU again to David for giving so much of your time and talent. Welcome!
In case the formatting doesn’t come through categorizing the videos, here is the order of the videos by topic.
- Part I: Introduction and Reading Your Work Aloud
- Part 2: David’s Writing Journey
- Part 3: Importance of Theme in Children’s Poetry
- Part 4: Impact Common Core State Standards
- Part 5: e-Publishing for Poetry Collections
- Part 6: Writing Rhyming Picture Books vs. Poetry
- Part 7: Final Words of Wisdom
Part I: Introduction and Reading Your Work Aloud
Part 2: David’s Writing Journey
Part 3: Importance of Theme in Children’s Poetry
Part 4: Impact Common Core State Standards
Part 5: e-Publishing for Poetry Collections
Part 6: Writing Rhyming Picture Books vs. Poetry
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