Free Course in Writing Nonfiction!

NF Social MediaFebruary brings cold temperatures, thoughts of love and nonfiction fest.  I’m looking forward to the NF Chicks’ nonfiction fest the most.

The nonfiction fest is a month-long crash course in writing nonfiction for children.  They have lined up 29 award winning nonfiction authors and people in the publishing industry to help us learn the craft of writing NF.  There will be daily posts that include activities to get you writing and researching.

The best part…it’s FREE and there will be prizes!!!

Registration begins January 15 and ends January 31.  Join the Facebook group and visit their website for directions to register.  Now you have plenty of time to get a fresh new notebook to take notes in!

According to their website,  this is the all-star line-up:

Karen Blumenthal/Candace Fleming
Beth Anderson
Carla McClafferty
Melissa Stewart
Heidi Stemple
Barb Kramer
Sophia Gholz
Nancy Turminelly
Donna Bowman
Mary Kay Carson
Traci Sorrell
Cynthia Levinson
Jen Bryant
Jill Esbaum
Kerry McManus, Marketing Director
Don Tate
Meeg Pincus
Lisa Schnell
Susannah Deevers
Vivian Kirkfield
Kelly Halls
Stacey Graham, agent
Bethany Hegedus
Alice Duncan
Rob Sanders
Lesa Cline-Ransome
Chris Mihaly
Steve Swinburne

Make sure you go follow all of these awesome, generous people on Twitter & Facebook.

How can you pass up an opportunity to learn (for free!) from these incredible talents? Go to their Facebook for all of the details and to sign up.

Let me know if you sign up so I can say HI!

I’m Back!

I apologize for being MIA for the last month or so.  Things in the LaCombe Maison (house) have been wild.

It all started with school getting out in May.  Who can work with 2 teen girls demanding your attention?  I must admit though, I love having them home.  They have turned into pretty cool human beings and we did have some fun.

June found us meeting up with family in San Antonio.   I literally had my last stand at the Alamo.  I tripped off of the curb and fractured my ankle.  BUT, being the martyr I am, I pushed on and walked the River Walk and Market and was OK until I sat down and it had time to swell.  Here we are, two months later, and my ankle still hurts.  I should have listened to my smart hubby and gone to the doctor sooner.

July found me traveling with my girls to Houston for my father’s heart surgery.  Thankfully it was a minor procedure (as minor as them placing something in your heart can be) and he was home in 24 hours and is continuing to do well.

Here we are now at the beginning of August and school is back in sight.  I’m sad that my girls will be heading back to school, but am looking forward to having some uninterrupted time to devote to my writing and blog.

So, for my first post back, I’m leaving you with the review and master study of a book that I picked up in Houston.  Noah Webster’s Fighting Words by Tracy Nelson Maurer is a funny and educational peek at how the famous dictionary came to be.  I give this noah websterpicture book two thumbs up.  If I were still teaching American History, I’d use this in my classroom, even the eighth graders would love it.  It has a great hook and Mr. Noah Webster himself  leaves comments.  It is thoroughly researched and has a full bibliography.

From Lerner Publishing:

Noah Webster, famous for writing the first dictionary of the English language as spoken in the United States, was known in his day for his bold ideas and strong opinions about, well, everything. Spelling, politics, laws, you name it—he had something to say about it. He even commented on his own opinions! With a red pencil in hand, Noah often marked up work that he had already published. So who edited this book? It certainly looks like the ghost of the great American author and patriot picked up a pencil once again to comment on his own biography!

Here’s a link to my Master Study sheet for Noah Webster’s Fighting Words.

Noah Webster fighting words