Writers' Circle

National Novel Writing Month

October 10, 2019 at

Join us this month for NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month! Every November, writers around the world try to write a 50,000-word novel. The excitement is palpable! People meet online or in person to see how many words they can write in a set number of minutes. Writing groups even hold celebration parties. Curious? Or do you prefer to write more slowly? Let's chat!
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Author of the Star Powers series Lisa Rose joined us this month to share her tips for writers. Lisa's stories are often inspired by her daughter who is visually impaired, and she describes herself as a "fierce advocate for inclusion." She also hosts the monthly Missing Voice Picture Book Discussion Group on Facebook that promotes diverse picture books.

Lisa Rose was the guest speaker for this month's Writers' Circle discussion. Lisa is the author of the Star Powers chapter book series about a second-grade girl who wants to be an astronaut and just happens to use a wheelchair. Her website is lisarosewrites.com.

Lisa also hosts the monthly Voice Discussion Group on Facebook. This group promotes diverse picture books and features chats with authors. Learn more about the group on Lisa's website.

Resources mentioned during the show:

We started off the discussion by sharing our six-word memoirs. We then discussed strategies for working through writer's block. Many helpful tips were shared!


  • StoryADay hosts StoryADay May, where participants try to write a story each day during the month of May. Year round, you can sign up for Write On Wednesdays to receive weekly prompts and short lessons. StoryADay also hosts an accountability group.
  • Furious Fiction, hosts free monthly challenges.
  • National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division hosts an annual contest and offers a monthly magazine.
  • The Handy Uncapped Pen, a blog/community for writers with disabilities or with neurodivergence.
  • Magnets and Ladders: Active Voices of Writers with Disabilities
  • Six Word Memoirs
  • If You Can Talk, You Can Write: A Proven Program to Get You Writing & Keep You Writing, by Joel Saltzman
  • Writing Past Dark: Envy, Fear, Distractions, and Other Dilemmas in the Writer's Life, by Bonnie Friedman

Open Ended Discussion

June 13, 2019

This month we held an open-ended discussion with many great questions and tips shared. Topics ranged from six-word memoirs, writer's block, and accessible writing websites and technology.


National Federation of the Blind Writers' Division

This month we picked up where we left off in April and discussed how to write a query letter to literary agents or publishers. Then we discussed some things to remember when writing for children, whether that's picture books or young adult novels.

This month we continued the discussion of how to write a query letter and then talked about how to write for children.


As April is National Poetry Month, we spent some time talking poetry. Then we discussed how to write a query letter to a literary agent or publisher in an effort to get them excited about your writing.

Resources on querying literary agents:

National Picture Book Writing Week:

Tips for New Writers

March 14, 2019

In this discussion we talked about tips for beginner writers.

Check out these resources from our facilitators and fellow writers:

Important Considerations

Content shared during discussions is for general information purposes only. We encourage you to thoroughly consider if any resource or suggestion is a good fit for you. The inclusion of links does not imply a recommendation or endorsement. The opinions expressed by the participants are their own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hadley.