This Writer’s Life: Videos for Young Writers
A peek into process
Aimed at 8 to 12-year-olds and their classrooms, This Writer's Life is a YouTube series exploring what it's like to be a writer as well as helpful tools, writing activities, guidance, and encouragement for any writer's life. Plus, each episode features someone in a creative field offering a piece of advice from their own process!
From how to get ideas to mapping a story to revision techniques, these videos cover a myriad of topics on the writing process. If you're an educator or parent, I'll hope you'll check them out to share with your child or student(s)!
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Zinnia and the Bees
MIDDLE GRADE NOVEL
Zinnia’s yarn bomb flops.
Her older brother (aka best friend and yarn bombing accomplice) leaves without a word.
And then the worst ever of worst evers: BEES. IN. HER. HAIR.
Told from the alternating perspectives of Zinnia, a humorous young loner and knitter, and an unintentionally comical hive of honeybees, this quirky, heartfelt novel will strike a chord with anyone who has ever felt alone, betrayed, or misunderstood as it explores the challenges that come with learning to trust yourself and the often messy process of discovering the true meaning to home.
Zinnia and the Bees was a Southern California Independent Booksellers Association 2018 Book Award finalist in the middle grade category.
PURCHASE Zinnia and the Bees:
See it on Goodreads.
“…offbeat and emotionally true.” —Kirkus
“…Davis does an excellent job crafting human characters who are varied in their emotions and grow in awareness.” —School Library Journal
“This [is a] fascinating and unusual look at family, friendships, and insects…” —Booklist
Download the Zinnia and the Bees discussion guide and bee facts! See an author video about the book.
And a printable pom-pom craft tutorial found here!
Plus, a one-sheet with a bunch of stuff about the book in one place.
I'm Danielle Davis
CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITER AND KIDS CREATIVE WRITING TEACHER
I'm Danielle Davis. I grew up in Singapore and Hong Kong and now live in Los Angeles. I've got an M.A. in literature and creative writing and a number of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. I've also had the privilege of teaching English to middle school and community college students.
Now I read, write, and roller skate, as well as facilitate creative writing workshops for 8 to 12-year olds, helping them express their unique voices and imaginations.
My creative writing YouTube channel for kids is This Writer's Life.
I blog about picture books at This Picture Book Life.
Creative Writing Workshops for Kids
I also offer one-on-one creative writing story coaching for kids over Skype! These 45-minute sessions are a supportive, encouraging, fun way to help kids develop their sense of themselves as writers while growing their fiction-writing skills through writing and revision activities. More info here.