Monday, June 15, 2009

MENTOR MONDAY

At the Oregon SCBWI Spring conference I went to a workshop led by Heather Vogel Frederick. She was great.

E.B. White was one of her childhood mentors. She talked about his wonderful characters and how he built them in Charlotte’s Web.

We all knew Templeton was a rat, before we ever saw him.

Next, she used photos from magazines and had us make-up names for the people pictured. It was a great writing practice.

After that she recommended we all read Essays of E.B. White.

So, who was your writing mentor?

7 comments:

Jo said...

I would have to say Isabelle Allende. She opened up a whole world to me, magical realism. I felt I had come home when I learned of this genre and it is still my favorite. Second, but in the same vein, Marlena De Blasi: her magical, enchanting use of words--truly transporting.

Kelly said...

Shel Silverstein. He is why I love children's poetry. I devoured his books as a child and memorized so many poems.

Rena said...

I'm not really sure if I have one, but I read a lot as a child. One author that really sticks out is Laura Ingalls Wilder. Her books had a profound affect on me.

Love the idea about naming people from pictures!

Kim Kasch said...

I so loved Stephen King - wonder how that relates to me writing for kids. . .

Amy Tate said...

One of my favorite characters is Amelia Bedelia. She makes me laugh.I love her outlook on life and how she tries so hard to get it right. I don't think she counts as a writing mentor, but nevertheless, she gives me inspiration!

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Wow, that is so cool. Templeton is a classic character--what a gifted writer;)
My mentor? Lousia May Alcott.

Mrs. V said...

I would have loved to attend the workshop by Heather Vogel Frederick. A group of my girls read her Mother-Daughter Bookclub for a classroom bookclub this year.

I have a lot of mentor writers. I especially love authors who are able to capture adolescent wit and humor so well and that are able to effectively incorporate multiple perspectives.