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Blog: This Writing Life


  • Writer's pictureMelissa Stoller

This Writing Life

As I move into 2017, I am inspired to express gratitude to the people, groups, classes and challenges that have helped me along this writing journey:

To the special people in my life:

My family for their never-ending support and for listening to all my stories - thanks to my husband Larry and daughters Zoe, Jessie and Maddie

My mother, Connie, for editing countless drafts of everything I have ever written

My friends for cheering me on

My critique groups for pushing me to revise

And a special shout out to my daughter Zoe for creating and managing my website!

And to my many groups and challenges:



The 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge





Sub It Club

Debut Picture Book Study Group


Mentors for Rent

Chapter Book Challenge

And our course my amazing critique groups

And the many classes I have taken:

KidLit College

The Craft and Business of Picture Book Writing

Kidlit Writing School and Kidlit Summer School

Making Picture Book Magic

The Chapter Book Alchemist

Barbara Krasner's Online Fiction Class

Picture Book Summit

Just Write for Kids

The Art of Arc Course

And especially to Callie Metler-Smith at Clear Fork Publishing - I am so excited to join the Clear Fork family, and to be part of the incredible group of SPORK SISTERS!

I can't wait to see what 2017 brings as I continue writing, revising, making connections, and enjoying this writing life!


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