I am a dentist and a fiction author. Eight years ago my passion for creativity led me to writing. I began writing in the Romantic Suspense genre. But about four years ago, I pivoted to the Middle Grade Fantasy genre—as a promise to my daughters to write something that I would allow them to read—and I haven’t turned back. I love this genre. I love getting lost in my imagination and creating new worlds. But most of all, I love the opportunities that being an author has given me. I have had the privilege to visit numerous schools for author talks and book fairs. I’ve spoken to the students about being an author and a dentist and the importance of following your passions. The best parts of those days were when students would approach me and share the stories they have written or were in the process of writing. Their excitement and pride made my heart feel so full.
I had already had youth (ages 9-17) involved in the publication of my novel, BAILEX: volume 1. They were my beta readers, advance reviewers and they helped me decide on the cover for the book. But my experiences visiting these schools sparked an idea in me…
THE WORDSMITHERS ACADEMY
Mission: To foster the creative drive and imagination of our youth.
The WordSmithers Academy Membership Site is a FREE space for youth (ages 9-17) to immerse themselves in all things writing. The goal is to create a community of young writers that support and learn from one another. From Writing Tips & Tricks to weekly writing activities and special programs—like the bi-annual anthologies of creative writing from members of the WordSmithers Academy Community that we publish—there is something for everyone.
For those young writers that are interested in more in-depth writing instruction & coaching, WordSmithers Academy also offers Young Author Workshops that teach the art of storytelling to youth in a way that encourages and fosters their imagination and creativity.
The workshops are based on the writing strategies and resources I have developed over the last seven years of writing and publishing books. They are designed specifically for youth, to keep them engaged and promote creativity.
At the heart of creative writing is IMAGINATION. But, the importance of having an active imagination goes way beyond the stories we create. A vivid and engaged imagination helps us define and achieve our goals. The WSA Creative Writing Enrichment Program is a FREE resource filled with exercises and activities to build and develop students' creative writing skills and imagination.