One of my happiest childhood memories is of the many hours I spent in the children's reading room of the Free Library at Logan Square in Philadelphia, PA, where I grew up. Way back then, I thought there could be nothing more wonderful than to write a book someone would love as much as I loved my favorites. I still think so!
My writing career began with the publication of stories, poems, and articles in children's magazines, including Highlights for Children, Humpty Dumpty's Magazine, and Weekly Reader. My first book for young readers, SUMMER BEGINS, was published in 1980. Since then, I’ve written 25 more. My latest picture books are all about Froggie and Rabbit, TOO MANY FROGS!, WHAT A PARTY!, and HERE COMES GOSLING!
I’ve also edited five anthologies, including, DUDE! Stories and Stuff for Boys, coedited with my friend David L. Harrison. My latest anthology is WRITING IT RIGHT: How Successful Children’s Authors Perfect and Sell Their Stories. Some very generous authors allowed me to show early drafts of their published picture books, magazine stories, and novels so readers and future writers can see all the rewriting that goes on behind the scenes.
As Sandra Fenichel Asher, I’ve written over three dozen plays for young audiences, including A WOMAN CALLED TRUTH, SOMEBODY CATCH MY HOMEWORK (inspired by the poetry of David L. Harrison), and an adaptation of Avi’s ROMEO AND JULIET--TOGETHER (AND ALIVE!) AT LAST. To find out more about my plays, please visit my other web page at http://usaplays4kids.drury.edu/playwrights/asher.
My husband and I are the parents of two grown children, Ben and Emily, and the grandparents of Olivia, Rafael, and Samrawit. We live in Lancaster, PA, with our dog Rudy and cat Friday. We love to travel and have visited Canada, England, Scotland, France, Denmark, Russia, Latvia, China, Germany, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Israel--so far! I've also visited schools and led writing workshops for children and adults from Anchorage, Alaska, to St. Petersburg, Florida.
|HERE COMES GOSLING! |
Froggie and Rabbit are back, and they’re getting ready to meet Gander and Goose’s new baby, Gosling. Froggie can’t wait. He loves new babies. But this one won’t stop honking--LOUDLY!--and no one can comfort her. At last, Froggie’s natural charm and exuberance turn Gosling’s tears into smiles.
|TEDDY TEABURY'S FABULOUS FACT |
Teddy has always collected weird facts, but can he find one fabulous enough to win a contest, save his hometown, and keep his best friend, Jesse, from moving away? Yes! But not until Cousin Amy arrives with a gift of gerbils and everything in Thistledown, Missouri, changes—including its luck.
|TOO MANY FROGS! |
Illustrated by Keith Graves
Rabbit lives alone and likes it that way. One stormy night, Froggie arrives on Rabbit's doorstep--and returns again and again, filling Rabbit's house with snacks, pillows, and dozens of cousins. Too much fuss! Too much clutter! Too many frogs! But Rabbit loves to read--and Froggie loves to listen!
|WRITING IT RIGHT: How Successful Children’s Authors Perfect and Sell Their Stories |
A guide to the revision process for adults who write for children, for writing teachers at all levels, and for young readers who want to find out how authors rethink and revise their work. Both well-known and first-time authors reveal their process of making good ideas worthy of publication.
|DUDE! Stories and Stuff for Boys |
coedited with David L. Harrison
Growing up is tough, but the guys in this collection are equal to the job! Poets, playwrights, and storytellers from Jaime Adoff to Jose Gonzalez to Sneed Collard III offer tales fanciful and true, all for and about boys--but girls are welcome to read them, too!
For young readers and writers: Meet-the-author large and small group sessions for all grades. Sample topics include "Where Do You Get Your Ideas?" and "A Book from Idea to Publication," plus readings from my work and time for Q and A and autographing. Each session lasts about 45 minutes to an hour, and I can do up to four sessions a day. I also offer hands-on writing workshops for young writers in all grades. These run from 30 minutes to a full day and may include add-a-line stories and creative drama for the youngest students to personal narrative, fiction techniques, revision, poetry, or playwriting for third grade through college.
For adults: I offer a variety of large-group presentations for teachers, librarians, and beginning and advanced writers, among them "Been There, Done That: 40+ Years of Writing for Publication and How Not to Become Rich and Famous" and “The Emperor's New Clothes: Adventures in Self-Publishing and Self-Marketing.” I also lead writing workshops, lasting anywhere from an hour to a full day to a week-long retreat. These may cover life-story writing, picture books, fiction techniques, poetry, playwriting, and/or marketing. Teacher in-service workshops are aimed at encouraging young readers and writers and may include “Write from the Heart: Finding Our Own Best Stories,” “Bringing History to Life: Drama Across the Curriculum,” “Writing It Right: Revision Tips from the Pros,” or other topics of interest.
Please contact me for schedule and fee information.
It is supported by