Friday, August 29, 2014

Welcome to The Mitten!

Welcome to the brand new blog for SCBWI-MI!  The Mitten began as a paper newsletter requiring a subscription and later evolved into a free e-newsletter. Our latest transformation is a public blog available to anyone with a love of literature and a desire to provide the best for children and young adults.
Why is our blog called The Mitten?

The state of Michigan looks like a mitten, and we're fond of holding up our hands to show where we live, whether it's in the thumb or way up in the upper peninsular.

A few years ago, our newsletter editor, Jennifer Whistler, held a contest to name the new e-newsletter. Lorri Casey was the winner with The Mitten. We're happy to carry over the name to our new blog.

We hope this blog space fosters a strong sense of community for our Michigan members and beyond. We want to encourage your creative growth, support your many small steps of progress, and cheer for your accomplishments. Whether you are a creator, publisher, reviewer, librarian, bookseller, educator, or if you simply love to read, whether you live in our backyard or across the world, we welcome you to join us.

Our goal is to post once per week, but we'll have occasional two-part interviews and coverage of special events over several days.

Heidi Woodward Sheffield created the first banner for our blog, and we'll feature a new illustrator every three months. Please stop by on Friday, Sept. 12th to read an interview with Heidi. We guarantee you'll leave with a healthy dose of inspiration.  Thank you, Heidi!

Here's a sneak peek at what you'll find on The Mitten in the weeks ahead:

Dear Frida...

Ahhhhh, Mackinac Island...


Click the links to learn more about SCBWI and our Michigan chapter.

Kristin and Jodie