NOTE: Live on Zoom. In-person for the MASKED + FULLY VACCINATED (vax card and mask required for entrance).
Where do you want to go as a writer, and what are your goals for 2022?
Instructor Victoria Sherrow believes that writers’ goals often fall into these categories: productivity, skills development, publication, marketing/sales and personal satisfaction. With each category, think about the progress you made last year. Did you achieve your goals? What practices worked for you—or didn’t? Which old goals will you keep? Which new goals will you embrace?
In the past, maybe you set goals like these: “This year, I will write a best-seller.” “This year I’ll sell to leading magazines.” “I will get an agent.” “Hundreds of new readers will follow my blog.” “I will finish the first draft of my book.” There’s nothing wrong with these, of course, but focusing on concrete, short-term goals that are within your control can help you achieve your bigger writing dreams.
In this 90-minute workshop, Victoria will use the SMART approach — Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Relevant/Realistic. Time-bound — to help writers set goals for 2022 and to create a plan to meet them. You can roll up your sleeves and sketch out your plan in this workshop, or just sit back and listen.
Victoria is the ideal person to help writers set and reach goals: She is an editor, teacher, mother and the author of more than 150 books for children and teens, published by Harper, Macmillan, Scholastic, National Geographic, Golden Books, Henry Holt, and others. She has also written numerous short stories, articles, poems, and activity books for different age groups.
Victoria’s books have received numerous starred reviews and awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, Best Books for the Teenage, American Association for the Advancement of Science, YOYA award, and Vermont Reading Circle award. Twenty-six of her books have been featured in Best Books for Children, Preschool Through Grade 6 and Young Adult.
Victoria has taught writing for more than 20 years, reviewed children’s books for newspapers, judged writing contests, and presented at schools, libraries, and bookstores. She is a long-time member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and served as a judge for the SCBWI’s Golden Kite Award.
One of her greatest joys is watching her students achieve their writing goals. Victoria’s students have published stories, articles and books to major publishers including HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin, Delacorte and Macmillan.