As a child, I explored tide pools, rowed in the ocean, and made trails in the woods. I read the books at home and in the public library. I wrote to pen pals in Europe and Africa. I started stories and hid them in desk drawers. As a high schooler, I revised papers in English class, made crossword puzzles in chemistry, and played Bach on any piano I could find. In college I climbed the tower and played the carillon, studied Stavinsky, and fidgeted in literature classes when professors asked, "What do you think the author means?"
For twenty-five years I reveled in teaching second and third graders. Each year I helped youngsters write and illustrate their very own books. What a thrill—some of my students have become professionals in the writing world. Lorin Stein is now editor of The Paris Review, and his sister Anna Stein is an editor. Elliott Holt won a Pushkin Prize. And I raised an author—my son Trevor Corson ( trevor corson.com) who wrote The Secret Life of Lobsters and The Story of Sushi.
Now it's my time to write. I've completed a middle-grade novel for newly competent readers, girls ages 8-10, and my head spins with picture books making their way to paper. SCBWI has been huge for me over this last decade. A new kid on the block, I'm grateful for endless inspiration, practical advice, and support from creative, kind, and caring people. Here in Maine, Ashley Bryan continues to be my long-time mentor. After years in the Washington, DC, area, I make my year-round home on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Yes, we have a woodstove. LOOKING FOR AN AGENT FOR MY NOVEL.
Member since 1998
Region: New England: North (Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine)
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