yolen01It’s no secret that I am a HUGE fan of children’s author Jane Yolen, May’s 12 x 12 featured author (just check the bottom of this post for links to all the others I’ve written about her). Before I even THOUGHT about writing for children myself, I fell in love with her work by reading it to my own children.

So when the opportunity arose to spend four days under her tutelage at an advanced Picture Book Boot Camp at her farm in Massachusetts, I waited all of two seconds before deciding to splurge and treat myself to what I knew would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

I will never be the same writer again. Attending that retreat was one of the BEST DECISIONS I ever made, reminding me again why it is so important to nurture your writing and creativity. We should never stop learning, stop growing. Jane is proof of that with more than 300 books published and, I now know, 40 or so completed and/or at various stages of development.

I’ve been wanting to document and share what I learned during our time together, so I asked Jane if she would let ME write her featured author post summarizing the high points (which honestly only scratch

Jane reading to boot campers

Jane reading to boot campers

the surface). She agreed, but did add a few words of her own at the end of this post.

I also have a special treat for you – a video compilation of some of the lessons Jane provided on revision, rejections and critiques and publishing trends.

We covered SO MUCH over the course of four days. It would be impossible for me to share everything, so I am focusing on what resonated with me the most about the craft of writing, as opposed to the business.

First, one thing picture book writers have to keep in mind is that great books are not ones that have a message to deliver to children. We started with a bang when Jane elaborated on this point. She said books are not about “delivering a message,” but rather “the gaining of wisdom.”

“All good books are about questions. Not giving the reader the answers, but teaching them how to ask the right questions.”

In this way, we allow the child reader to relate, reflect, and ultimately determine the meaning for him or herself.

OWL MOON Desk

OWL MOON Desk

Jane also spent time warning us not to be “beguiled” by our talent. For example, she can rhyme in her sleep, and something she tosses off in 2 minutes will be 95% better than most people could do after hours of work. But that doesn’t mean it’s GREAT rhyme or that it’s new or innovative.

Everyone has strengths in their writing, whether it’s a facility with rhyme, humor, poetic prose, etc. But if you rely on those talents TOO much, you will cease challenging and stretching yourself and your writing will suffer. “Don’t confuse yourself with a genius,” she said. “They are the outliers. For the rest of us, it’s just hard work.”

Here are some more gems from Jane – direct quotes on the subjects of being prolific and taking risks.

Build a Body of Work

  • In the midst of seismic change [in the publishing industry] find opportunities.
  • The best way to avoid writer’s block is the write a bunch of stuff. Work on multiple projects that cross-feed each other.
  • We all have themes that revisit in our lives. We can write and rewrite on that theme, subject, passion again in a new way.
  • Write for your child self. Ask her (or him), “What did you want to read?”

Take Risks with your Writing

  • The worst thing for an artist of any kind to do is to get comfortable. Because then you are not growing, and art dies.
  • Following trends is not writing.
  • Don’t accept parameters that you should be stretching.
  • You can always push the boundaries.
  • Know the rules and structure of writing so you can break them in a meaningful way.
  • Sometimes recognizing where the story is leading you is the most important thing. And if it’s taking you outside of your comfort zone, FOLLOW IT.
  • You do not know what you can and can’t write until you try it. Try it all. Maybe the one thing you thought you could never do will be the thing that breaks you out big.
  • Get outside of yourself. Be open to the universe.

I sent Jane this post for her review, and she asked me to add the following tidbits. So here you go:

  • If you believe your good reviews, you will have to believe your bad reviews, too. Better to believe in the piece that you are writing.
  • Be elastic, ready to bend your storytelling in new ways.
  • Don’t listen to the critic in your head, listen to the story.
  • A lifetime as a writer is a journey, not a career. Even the mis-steps, wrong turns, detours are part of the journey.
  • Reinvent your writing every five to ten years. 

And now for the finale! I invite you into Jane’s living room to see her teaching first-hand. In the first third of the video, she demonstrates a revision technique that has already revolutionized my own revisions. Essentially, you break your prose into “breath spaces” and write it as a poem rather than a paragraph so you can “see” the words better.

Without further ado, here’s Jane.

And as promised, here are my other posts featuring Jane. These go waaay back, and all except one predate 12 x 12.

One lucky 12 x 12 participant will received a signed copy of TAKE JOY, Jane’s treatise on the writing life. So butts in chairs people! I know you’re going to want to be in the running for THAT prize.

Jane Yolen is an author of children’s books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil’s Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?

She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children’s literature. She has been called the Hans Christian Andersen of America and the Aesop of the twentieth century.

Jane Yolen’s books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others. 

Lucky inaugural Boot Campers!

Lucky inaugural Boot Campers!

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  1. Oh wow! How fantastic. i want to win!!!

  2. This was an awesome post. Thanks so much Jane and Julie!

  3. shiela fuller

    I am writing a historical fiction and while there is a message in the story, I don’t mention it at all. I am hoping it is something conveyed without being spoken. Thank you for this post today.

  4. What a wonderful chance to learn from a master! Thank you, Julie and Jane for sharing a snippet of Picture Book Boot Camp.

  5. Jane is a gem…and so are you, Julie, for sharing “the joys of Jane” here today. I was very disappointed not to be able to access the video clip, though! Any suggestions? Boot camp must have been sheer inspiration!!!

  6. How cool! Thank you Jane, thank you Julie!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing this with us! What a wonderful post!

  8. Thank you Jane and Julie – what an inspiring and enlightening post!

  9. Wow! What a great post. Thank you Jane & Julie!

  10. Rita Ford Rd

    Thank you. This was a wonderful post. I wish I could have been there at the boot camp.

  11. klmcmorran-maus

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  12. What an amazing opportunity! I want to win.

  13. So much fabulous information in this post. Thanks for sharing, Julie, and thanks to Jane for allowing her to share these snippets with all of us.

  14. Great post and loved the video. Thanks for sharing Julie!

  15. Thank you, Julie and Jane, for “the gaining of wisdom” from the advice and tidbits you have shared.

  16. This was a fantastic post! I loved the tidbits you shared, and the video footage was incredibly helpful. Thank you so much, Julie and Jane!

  17. Thank you so much for all of this, but especially the video. It felt like I was there for a moment. 🙂 I’m also glad for the extra parts she added. Such great advice!

  18. Stacy S. Jensen

    Great post and video. Wonderful advice.

  19. This was fabulous, Julie, allowing us a glimpse into your weekend with Jane. I really enjoyed the video. Thanks!

  20. MeganHerbert

    What a wonderful way to start the working week. Thanks, Julie, and Jane, for this glimpse into the boot camp. Very much appreciated.

  21. Thank you Julie for this excellent post and thank you Jane Yolen for sharing your own insights into writing with us.

  22. What a great post. Thanks, Julie and Jane for the inspiring words.

  23. Thanks so much or sharing all this, Julie. And a HUGE thank you to Jane Yolen for being so wonderful and so open.

  24. Totally awesome tips and advice from a master! Thanks, Julie and Jane for sharing with us. I felt like I was right there with you all. 🙂

  25. Wow, Julie, you weren’t kidding. This was totally worth the wait. I love her idea of being like elastic and stretching. For a long time, I told myself that I couldn’t write fiction. But when a couple of nonfiction story ideas weren’t working out, I had turned them into fiction. While I continue to write and revise them, I think they work much better. Thanks, Jane and Julie!

  26. Great post!!! Thank you both Jane and Julie!

  27. Barbara Scheer-Hochheimer

    Hi Julie,

    Jane Yolen! Sceeak alarm! Four days together with her in a camp. Wow!
    How wonderful! I love Jane. I have met her twice, in 2012 and 2013. Regardless of her success she is and stays grounded. I adore her kindness to share her knowledge and her talent with the writers’ community. I possess a personal pic together with her, but a workshop would be the peak level.
    Julie, just lean back and enjoy!

  28. This is amazing. I am in awe of the thought of spending four days soaking up writing wisdom — but so glad you shared some of it here! Awesome advice here, especially about writing a diverse body of work that works together and also challenges you as a writer.

  29. Jennifer DuBose

    Such generosity! Many thanks for the clip, too. Especially love the exercise of re-writing prose with ‘breath spaces.’ Have never heard that kernel of wisdom before! I know I will be appying that to all of my prose PB’s 🙂

  30. Barbara Scheer-Hochheimer

    Sorry, i wanted to say “Screak alarm” ;o)

  31. jdewdropsofink

    Wow. What a cool opportunity. Thank you for sharing.

  32. What a FANTABULOUS post, with wisdom here, there, and EVERYWHERE. LOVED it – thanks for sharing every bit you did. Blessed beyond belief!

  33. Micki Ginsberg

    Thank you for the great post! I especially liked “Fall through the words into the story.”

  34. Sheri McCrimmon

    Thank you Jane and Julie so very much! Great post – loved the video!

  35. Thank you Julie for sharing your learning. Nice to see Jane here. Very insightful information. I printed the quote from Jane and put it on my wall.

  36. What a great experience for you to go to Jane’s home and learn from the master! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  37. Wow, what an awesome post! I loved every minute of it. Thank you for sharing.

  38. So great! Thanks for the post.

  39. Oh WOW. Thank you Jane for this wonderful advice. I can’t wait to try the revising technique. The video was great. Like I was right there. Just WOW! Thank you, Julie for sharing. I smiled the entire way through this post. 🙂

  40. Thanks for all this info that I look forward to digging in to.

  41. What a fantastic post! I love the advice and wisdom from Jane and the 4 day boot camp seems like it was so motivational and inpsirational!

  42. Thank you for a wonderful post, Ms. Yolen and Julie. :0)

  43. Oh my goodness, what an awesome post! So helpful and inspiring. I’d LOVE to take her Boot Camp someday!! What a dream come true that would be!

  44. I think this video will be my daily TV dose from now on. Sooo excellent Julie and Jane! I almost didn’t get past Jane’s first quote because it resonated so deeply. I think I reread it 50 times! But glad I snapped out of it and read/watched the rest. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Sandy Perlic

    Julie, I have a serious case of envy for your experience with the Picture Book Boot Camp. It sounds like an inspiring experience. Thank you, Jane, for allowing Julie to share some of your wisdom and advice with us!

  46. I love his post! You put us right there, Julie, video and all! Awesome. Thanks!

  47. Becky Scharnhorst

    I now have another goal to work toward – attend Picture Book Boot Camp with Jane Yolen! What an amazing opportunity! Thank you Julie for sharing your experience with us and thank you Jane for sharing your wisdom! What a fantastic post!

  48. Kathy Cornell Berman

    Loved this post. What a wonderful time you all must have had with Jane Yolen! Thanks for sharing.

  49. Fantastic video and post! Jane’s Picture Book Boot Camp is definitely on my bucket list now. 🙂

  50. Wonderful post, Julie! Thank you for sharing. It is one I will continue to go back to and use the points reflecting on my work.

  51. Thanks, Julie and Jane, for this amazing post! I appreciated hearing that we shouldn’t try to chase trends, but should instead write what we want to write.

  52. Thank you for sharing this with us. It’s always great to learn how to ask the right questions even as an fault, as Jane shows us the way. Well done! Is it wrong to want more…?

  53. Julie Segal Walters

    This is amazing!! Thank you for sharing, Julie!!

  54. Fabulous! Thanks so much, Julie!

  55. Thank you for sharing the insights from the Jane, such a gracious mentor to other writers. And thank you Jane for sharing the video parts of your retreat; your revision suggestion is terrific and your other insights are treasured.

  56. Awesome post! Thanks for sharing, Jane and Julie!

  57. WOW! This was really cool to read about! 🙂

  58. Julie…thank you so much for sharing all of this with us! And Jane…there are so many golden nuggets here, my picture book writing treasure chest is overflowing. 🙂 I especially love what you said about not listening to the critic in your head…instead, listen to the story! This is great advice. I feel privileged to be able to watch the video…you gave us a taste of your incredible boot camp.

  59. Beth Anderson

    Now my goal of getting published has additional incentive – to get to go to Jane’s workshop! Thank you so much for sharing. She was always one of my go-to authors for beautiful books for classroom use. So wonderful that she takes time to share her experience with new authors!

  60. Oh, Jane Yolen. *sigh* She spoke at an SCBWI conference in my region and we did a First Pages, with her on the panel. She said that she loved the voice in my manuscript. No matter the rejections, the crickets in the inbox, the dismissive agent looks–I will always have that Jane Yolen loved my voice. And that’s been quite enough. 🙂 Thanks, Julie, for a Jane boost. 🙂

  61. Thank you SO much for sharing these!

  62. Jane is such a gifted, dedicated and generous author and human being! What a marvelous experience it must have been to have all that time with her! Thanks for this, and the video. I learned a lot just in those seven minutes.

  63. Terrific post! Thank you so much for sharing!

  64. Thank you for sharing this. It must of been an great inspirational time. Thanks to Jane and to Julie.

  65. Wow, I envy you! What a terrific learning opportunity. Thank you for sharing it. xox

  66. Did you play musical chairs ? Because some have very comfi seats… and others have very uncomfortable looking ones ! 🙂
    Thanks for the share !

  67. Wow! I’m a teacher and I write on big chart paper all the time, but I never (NEVER) even thought about writing my picture books on paper like that and standing back to take a look. I NEED to do this!! I’m also going to tell myself and my students that the “ear and the eye are different listeners”. I teach this concept all the time (in fact, yesterday), but I’ve never had the brilliant wording that she had. Thank you!!!

  68. Great post, Julie.Thanks for sharing the content.

  69. The post is great but it’s especially wonderful to be able to glimpse Jane’s boot camp wisdom through the video. THANK YOU, Julie and Jane!

  70. The video was priceless! Thanks for sharing it Julie. And thanks to Jane for this post and especiallly for her books! I enjoy reading her work so much!

  71. Melanie Ellsworth

    Wow – what a post! And what an experience you had at Jane’s boot camp, Julie. Thank you for sharing the video. I will remember Jane’s points that books are about great questions and that we need to ask our child self, “What did you want to read?” I just heard Jane speak at the New England SCBWI conference and loved learning about how she came to tell the OWL MOON story. She said that because “owling” was an actual experience she had with her family, for awhile the “actual got in the way of the universal.” It took her years to find a way to tell the story so that it could be shared with everyone.

  72. I hope you never stop sharing and I never stop learning.

  73. This month is another great post! I put off reading until I had time to watch the video. 🙂 The world is a better place with generous spirits like you and Jane.

  74. Rene` Diane Aube

    Very informative and thought provoking. Thanks for sharing.

  75. Melanie Lucero

    Wow, lots of great information–thanks for sharing! The part that Jane added “don’t listen to the critic in your head, listen to the story” is something I’m constantly reminding myself.

  76. Great tips and information. Thanks for sharing.

  77. Thanks for sharing all this, Julie. This morning I wrote my ABC’s of writing. So “J” is for Jane Yolen. She is inspiration just under the Blessed Virgin and slightly above Mother Teresa, who also inspired with words and by example. Her presence on 12 x 12 says, to me, that she believes we CAN. That humbled me enough to put “butt in chair” today.

  78. This was fabulous, Julie! Thanks so much for sharing your insights from Jane. Inspiring and thought-provoking!

  79. Great post and thanks for sharing Julie and Jane.

  80. Wow! A picture book camp on Jane Nolan’s farm. Heaven does exist on earth. Who knew? Thanks, Julie, for sharing these inspirational words of wisdom.

  81. Hi Jane, I took note of rule 3 in your rules of writing, . . . do not rely too heavily on dialogue, and now I question my use of dialogue. I tend to use a lot and wonder if you have expanded on this rule somewhere that I can read more. Thanks.

  82. Ellen Sirianni

    Great post and video! Thanks for sharing.

  83. Thank you for sharing Jane Yolen with us. So nice to hear she is so generous with her talents.

  84. Sheri Radovich

    I read and re-read and listened to the video of Jane Yolen’s boot camp. I am so glad to hear that longtime authors are so willing to help and give advice to the struggling new authors. I loved the
    rules and the revision advice. Thanks Julie.

  85. Very generous of Julie and Jane to share so much great info. I am always amazed at how much helpful and insightful information we are privileged to view.

  86. So many learning opportunities here… thank you.

  87. I can’t even begin to imagine what it must be like to have that many books published!

  88. Thank you Jane and Julie for sharing. I loved the post and the videos!

  89. I had read the post at the beginning of the month and just saw the video now. What a treasure and an amazing experience it must have been. I love the tips she gave, especially, “The eye and the ear are different listeners.”

  90. “All good books are about questions. Not giving the reader the answers, but teaching them how to ask the right questions” this one really makes me stop and think.
    and this post NBBPTIMSMIHTWOOMO…makes me go yes oh yes oh haaaaaa yes.

  91. shiela fuller

    I read the post earlier and now just saw the video,too. I do think critiques are so important to our writing but as Jane mentioned, if something doesn’t resonate with you, don’t use it just because someone suggested it. TFS, the video.

  92. Wish I could go to a boot camp with Julie & Jane 🙂

  93. More than 300 books published, did i read that right??? Jane should be an idol to us all!

  94. Betty Matthews

    Thank you. This post was very helpful.

  95. Kristen Schroeder

    Another great author post. I don’t know how you do all you do, Julie. Thank you!

  96. I love reading about your retreat…sounds so amazing!!!!

  97. Jane is so inspirational. Thank you for sharing!

  98. Ha, I can never remember if I’ve commented or not, so I will comment again. So jealous of this boot camp experience. I am receiving her poem a day and I am amazed and shocked at her pace and the quality of her poems that just come out of her on a daily basis. Jane is a treasure.

  99. Such wise words. I had to review a few times to suck it all in. Fantastic interview!

  100. Thank you, Jane and Julie, for bringing us this snippet of what I am sure was a indescribable few days. So much to learn and from such an accomplished writer!

  101. Wow. This is one of the best ‘interviews’ I have read. Thank you so much, Jane and Julie! So helpful and inspiring.

  102. Wonderful interview. Slightly jealous of all the boot camp attendess.

  103. This was a great post. I really appreciate writers sharing their knowledge and journey so that others can learn to improve their craft. Thank you Julie Hedlund and Jane Yolen for the helpful advice!

  104. I really liked the part about looking at a critique or rejection objectively, and picking the parts that resonate with you, ignoring the rest.

  105. Sounds like a great retreat.

  106. I love how she talks about questions. too many times kids are taught the answers but hot how to ask the question.

  107. Michele Norman

    Thanks to both of you — Jane and Julie — for sharing so much from the retreat. Very generous and very helpful.

  108. I’d read this post at the beginning of the month but don’t remember if I commented. At any rate this post is worth reading over a few times for all the great info. Thanks to Julie for sharing her Jane Yolen experience.

  109. Thanks for sharing what sounds like a wonderful experience.

  110. Love Jane. Love this post. She’s one of my heroes!

  111. A very super helpful post. Thank you for doing so.

  112. Wendi Silvano

    Very helpful post! I can’t believe how there is always so much to still learn in writing!

  113. Thank you for the insightful post. Oh, I so want to be elastic!

  114. Jane is so passionate and caring about other writers! I was lucky enough to meet her at the TX Library Association conference in 2013 Fort Worth. She walked right up to our SCBWI booth, shook my hand, and said, “Hi! I’m Jane Yolen.” I nearly melted right there thinking of the 300+ books she had written and the inspiration I had gained from reading excepts of Take Joy. She said she loved to connect with other SCBWIers, and that immediately made me feel like we were in this together. So genuine. Thanks for sharing what you learned from her, Julie! I feel privileged to learn from her!

  115. Thank you for encouraging us to stretch our parameters and go beyond our comfort zone in our stories and in our craft.

  116. Janie Reinart

    Oh, to be a fly on the wall at Jane’s boot camp! Thanks Julie for the fabulous post!

  117. I am also a huge Jane Yolen fan. Thank you for sharing your incredible journey with her, Julie!

  118. Genius indeed. And thank you for the video! Jane is always so supportive of other writers.

  119. Great advice! Thanks for sharing!

  120. I read this when you posted it. I can’t believe I didn’t comment. Well, yes, I can believe it. Jane has a way of trancing me out. lol She’s so full of good advice I find myself sitting with my jaw hanging open while I mentally scan my mss seeing how to apply it.

  121. Thank you for the great post! These wonderful tidbits make 12×12 a gold mine!Poppy

  122. Thanks Jane, and Julie!!

  123. Loved this post. So much helpful information for writers.

  124. I read this article when it was first posted and found the insights and tips to be invaluable – thank you Jane and Julie. And an especial thank you to Julie for providing such a tremendous resource, 12×12.

  125. Debbie Austin

    I loved this post! Thank you for sharing from your wonderful weekend with Jane Yolen!

  126. Wish i could have been at the retreat!

  127. I would sell my soul to learn from the master! Thank you, Julie, for giving us a glimpse into what went on during the Picture Book Boot Camp. I love her quote, “Don’t listen to the critic in your head, listen to the story,” and the video is amazing… Thank you, Jane!

  128. Julie you have written and put together an inspiring post about an inspiring children’s writer. Well done, and thank you!

  129. 🙂

    Great info- totally pinning it!

  130. This is one of those blogs that gets saved for further reading 🙂 Thanks Julie and Jane.

  131. lesliecolintribble

    I love Jane’s comment about trying different types of writing. I steer very clear of poetry and anything with rhyme but will have to stretch myself in these areas. Excellent advice.

  132. I love her direct, matter of fact way of speaking. You are a lucky girl Julie!

  133. wise words always from Jane. Thank you!

  134. Thanks for being this month’s featured author. You are amazing and an inspiration.

  135. Fantastic advice! I want to win!

  136. I’ve admired you for a long time and definitely appreciate all your advice to help make others like me a better writer. 🙂

  137. Jane is just awesome!

  138. Fantastic post and video! Thank you for sharing your wisdom.

  139. Shirley Johnson

    Julie, I loved what you said about focusing on the craft of writing. What a wonderful opportunity to attend The Picture Book Boot Camp. The video was great! Thanks so much Jane and Julie for sharing.

  140. LOVED your video! Thank you for the great post Jane and Julie!!

  141. Sheila Hausbeck

    Owl Moon was my favorite book to read to my children when they were young.

  142. What a great month. Thank you Julie and Jane for your generosity.

  143. Thank you Jane and Julie for this incredible post! Love the video and also love the bullet points about building a body of work and taking risks. Thanks so much!

  144. Thanks for filling us in on your experience with Jane. I’m working on “writing a bunch of stuff” and honing my skills. Thanks for the inspiration!

  145. Thanks for the inspiration. Love Jane.

  146. What a beautiful writing experience you had, Julie! Thank you for sharing it. Thank you, Jane for all your beautiful books and your words of wisdom.

  147. This is a post I will be returning to again! Such valuable information and inspiration! Thank you Jane and Julie.

  148. So cool! Thanks for the post 🙂

  149. Great stuff…thanks so much for sharing.

  150. Angela Turner

    Lovely post. Thank you.

  151. Thanks for the post! I especially like her advice to write about themes or passions in our life in different ways. I have several that I keep coming back to in my writing.

  152. Andrea J Loney

    How inspirational. Thank you so much!

  153. “Write for your child self,” that so true. Very inspiring.

  154. sandy belford

    Great advice!

  155. I love following Jane’s account on Twitter to read her inspiring nuggets of wisdom there. She offers great encouragement to writers. Thanks for this post!

  156. I’ve just added this workshop to my bucket list. Amazing!!! Thank you so much for sharing this incredible experience.

  157. Great post! It’s so important to take risks in writing – good to be reminded not to get too comfortable!

  158. Betty Matthews

    just had to comment one more time.. Thank you!

  159. Leah Henderson

    Thank you for this fabulous post! I love the notion that “the eye and the ear are different listeners.” It is so true. And I also like the idea of cross-feeding your work, I am just starting to do that now. 🙂 Thanks again.

  160. such a great, inspiring post! i love the “questions” approach to writing. thanks for the insights!

  161. Awesome post. To me Jane is the Queen of children’s writing! Such an amazing body of work. Thanks for sharing this great information.

  162. What a wonderful post! Thank you so much! Some of those bullet points are going on my quote wall right in front of my writing space. Fantastic!

  163. Hmmm… I thought for sure I had commented when I read this post at the beginning of last month, but I guess not. Thank you, Julie and Jane, for giving us a peek at some of the highlights of this amazing event.

    “Don’t confuse yourself with a genius,” she said. “They are the outliers. For the rest of us, it’s just hard work.” <– words to live by!

  164. I, too, am amazed and inspired by Jane Yolen’s body of work. Thank you for sharing these nuggets of wisdom with us.

  165. Great post. Lots to consider, from a favorite writer of my students and myself. I am especially thankful for OWL MOON.

  166. Wow! Lots of gems in this post! Thank you!

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