Seriously—when you visit Disney World, is a 1-week vacation enough to fit in all the amazing attractions? No way! When your time is limited you need to plan—picking and choosing what to see, when and how often (yes, I have a few for which, like Lays Potato Chips–once is not enough). It’s very much the same in the expansive online “Disney” World of Kidlit. There are SO many “rides and attractions,” we must decide which to visit, when and how often. It can be quite the struggle, but some “rides” are no-brainers and deserve repeating, again and again, such as the amazing sites “Nerdy Chicks Rule” and its sister blog “Kidlit Summer School.”
Talented authors and close friends with much in common, Kami Kinard and Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen founded Nerdy Chicks Rule with the vision of celebrating “nerdy” chicks 🙂 Since its launch they, along with guest authors such as Mary Zisk, have imparted post after post of invaluable information. Knowing them personally I can attest, first hand, to their brilliance. I’ve had the pleasure and good fortune to have attended workshops Sudipta and Kami have each presented (through the NJ SCBWI). They are not only gifted writers, but teachers as well! That’s why last year when they gave birth to yet another “brain child”—Kidlit Summer School—I was THRILLED! It was a huge success and now in its second year registration more than doubled, boasting 700+ very happy participants!
This year the sessions run for a 3 1/2-week period, from July 20th through August 14th. Though formal registration is now closed (which includes eligibility for prizes, access to webinars, the Exercise Book and the Facebook group), anyone can review—YEAR ROUND—the many stellar lessons (on plotting) not only given by the esteemed 2015 Faculty, but those from last year, too (on character building)! Just scroll and you’ll find them all 🙂 Trust me, if you are an aspiring (or even published) author or illustrator, these are lessons you want to check out—and they’re FREE! You’ll also want to mark your calendars for June each year, reminding you to check the Kidlit Summer School site, the #KidLitSummerSchool page on Twitter, and follow Kami and Sudipta on Twitter (Kami, Sudipta) and Facebook (Kami, Sudipta) so you’re updated in time to register for full participation!
Inspired by illustrator Mike Ciccotello (LOVE his work!), Kidlit Summer School is running a drawing contest. Registrants were invited to render our own versions of nerdy chicks 🙂 It’s not often I do artwork “just for fun,” but I really love Nerdy Chicks and this was far too tempting, so—I gave in. Yep, I took the time out and really got into it 😛 . Honestly, I’m not in it for the competition (not too fond of the beast, actually), but couldn’t resist wanting to participate. There are a lot of very gifted illustrators who continue to post entries, all of which we’ve been thoroughly enjoying! Even lots of “non-artist” writers are joining in, and OH, how creative they can be 😀
Though non-registrants can’t access the Facebook page where most of the entries are posted, you can get in on the fun by viewing many of them on the #nerdychicksdraw Twitter page 🙂 I hope you enjoy them—and mine* …
So, tell me, have you heard of Kidlit Summer School? Which KidLit-related sites and blogs do you frequent? I’d love to know! 😀
NERDY CHICKS RULE!!!
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