In the Spotlight with Author Merrily Kutner

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Last year I attended the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) South Coast Winery Retreat and met Merrily Kutner at one of the round-table seminars where she was leading the talk on eliminating unneeded dialogue in our stories.  Merrily is an instructor with the UCLA Extension Writers Program and an award-winning author. She is a great editor and writer and I am so happy to feature her as she is a real pro!  She helped me with both Gerry the Giraffe and Clarence and the Traveling Circus and provided some great advice on how to cut back on unnecessary words in the story.  This skill to only use words that help push the story along is something that can take years to develop for a writer.  We had a chance to talk about her inspiration and process. Tell us a bit about your journey of becoming a children's picture book author? It was a long journey and it … [Read more...]