Professional Development & Affiliations


The Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI)

The international professional organization for authors and illustrators

of books for children and young adults. 

Member since 2016


12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge and Community

The 12x12 Writing Challenge was created by author Julie Hedlund to encourage picture book writers to write at least 12 manuscripts in 12 months. We are an active community of dedicated writers who support one another with all aspects of the writing life. 

Member since 2017

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The Poet's Garage

An invitation-only online critiquing community for children's poets. My critique partners are some of the most talented rhyme writers in the world. I'm very grateful to be a part of this incredible group. 

Member since 2019


Women Who Write

A regional writing and support group in New Jersey offering conferences, craft workshops, critique groups and networking opportunities for local writers. 

Member since 2016

Ready to Get Published

Writing Classes Completed

*The Poet's Studio: Children's Poetry Collection Workshop, taught by poet Georgia Heard (Nov. 2020)

*The Craft and Heart of Poetry, at The Highlights Foundation, taught by poets Rebecca Kai Dotlich and Georgia Heard, and Senior Editor of Boyds Mills Press and WordSong, Rebecca Davis. (Oct. 2020)

*Picture Book Masters at Storyteller Academy, taught by Melessa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books ( Fall 2020)

*Submission Ready at Storyteller Academy, taught by Melissa Manlove and Ariel Richardson, editors at Chronicle Books (Spring 2020).

*Picture Book Study Hall, taught by author Marcie Colleen (2019).

*Making Picture Book Magic, taught by author Susanna Hill (2019). 

*Lyrical Language Lab: Punching Up Prose With Poetry, taught by author and poet Renee LaTulippe (2018).

*Picture Book Blueprint, taught by Laura Backes (2017)

*Where Do I Begin? at The Writer’s Circle, Maplewood, NJ (2015-2016).


Conferences Attended

*SCBWI (Austin, TX) Annual Regional Conference: 2021

*Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature (RUCCL) Annual Conference: 2018, 2019

*SCBWI (NJ) Annual Regional Conference: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

*SCBWI (National) NYC Annual Winter conference: 2018, 2020

*Women Who Write (NJ) Annual Conference: 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021