A few weeks ago, a mom at Lucy’s school stopped me to ask if I’d like to participate in a Writers and Illustrators Workshop for the 4th, 5th and 6th graders at our school. Me, being a total goof, responded, “Um, why? I mean, why me?” She very kindly said they were looking for a few online writers to fill out the schedule that was full of real life, big time authors and illustrators and she’d thought of me because of this here blog you’re reading right now. I was pretty dumbfounded, but agreed to do it! Honestly, up until the day of the workshop I was a little panicky because…HELLO! I’M NOT EVEN A REAL AUTHOR I’M NOT GOOD ENOUGH AHHHHHH LOTS OF SELF-ESTEEM ISSUES BUBBLING UP I NEED ICE CREAM!!!!! But I was lucky to have some sweet advisers that told me to get it together, smile, tell my story, and bring candy to bribe the kids if needed.
Turns out, I didn’t even need the candy! The kids were engaged, curious, great participants, and not one fell asleep while I was talking. I’m considering that a total and absolute win. I spoke with them about being a self-published author, and how that gives you so much freedom to create and grow as a writer. I talked about how I started and have managed this blog, from silly stuff like where the name “Crazybananas” came from (see the FAQs for that zinger) to real tips like “How to Use an Editorial Calendar.” I also talked about photography and design, and how starting a blog can help you find creative talents you never even knew you had.
I feel so lucky to have been asked to participate in such a fun event, and want to give a special shout out to all the kids who listened and asked questions. Thank you for not falling asleep! And a huge thank you to the organizers who took a chance on a silly blog author. You made me feel pretty darn special.