Cynsational News, Links & Hiatus

Cynsations goes on temporary hiatus as I leave to teach at the summer residency of the Vermont College MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Cynsations will return to full strength in August. In the meantime, check in at Spookycyn (LJ syndication), where I’ll be chronicling my New England adventures.

Learn about the summer faculty: Kathi Appelt (author interview); An Na (author interview); Marion Dane Bauer (author interview); David Gifaldi; Margaret Bechard (author interview); Uma Krishnaswami (author interview)(blog); faculty chair Sharon Darrow (author interview); Brent Hartinger (author interview)(blog); Cynthia Leitich Smith (bio, writing life, essays and articles); Jane Kurtz (author interview); Rita Williams-Garcia; Leda Schubert (author interview); Tim Wynne-Jones (author interview); Julie Larios; Jacqueline Woodson; and Deborah Wiles.

Visiting Writer: Katherine Paterson.

Visiting Lecturer: Lynne Vallone, co-associate general editor of The Norton Anthology of Children’s Literature.

Cynsational Notes

My apologies for an incorrectly linked URL in Nancy Werlin’s interview yesterday. For more information about her process in writing The Rules of Survial (Dial, 2006)(excerpt), see the related page on her website.

Don’t miss today’s new interview with fantasy writer Laura Williams McCaffrey.

Fabulous Caption Contest from Lisa Yee’s Blog (July 12). Enter to win an autographed copy of Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time (Arthur A. Levine/Scholastic, 2005)(author interview).

One Writer’s Process: Cynthia Leitich Smith from Wordswimmer: “Come dive into a sea of words and swim toward a new understanding of the writing process.” In this July 9 interview, Bruce Black and I discuss my process–how I get started, keep going, survive dry spells, face challenges, and embark on new directions–as well as my love of craft.