December 2021

The Power of Play: a Fresh Mindset for a New Year

Set yourself up for a creative year with a fresh, playful approach to your writing. We'll focus on how to leverage curiosity and creativity to enhance our writing life. We'll get rid of all the expectations that dismantle confidence and instead, find new strategies for discovery and revision. Sarah will offer you fundamentals about how to approach writing and creativity through play. We'll discuss all three phases of the creative process: inspiration, intuition, and intellect, and how to validate our effort whether we are drafting or revising. We will discuss what it takes to shut down expectations and put a new mindset into practice–one that emphasizes exploration, discovery, vulnerability, and even fun. Throughout the class, we'll put these ideas to work through writing. Sarah will offer a variety of tools, activities, and follow-up resources to bring the joy back to your writing process.

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About Sarah Aronson

Sarah Aronson began writing for kids and teens when someone in an exercise class dared her to try. Since then, she has earned an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and published three novels: Head Case, Beyond Lucky, and Believe. Her most recent books are part of a new young MG series called The Wish List (Scholastic, 2017-2018). In Spring 2019, Beach Lane Books will publish her first picture book biography, Just Like Rube Goldberg. When Sarah is not writing or reading (or cooking or riding her bike), she is talking to readers about creativity, writing, social action, and of course, sparkle power! She loves working with other writers in one of her classes at the amazing Highlights Foundation or Writers on the Net ( She has served as an SCBWI mentor in both Illinois and Michigan. She loves sports. She overuses exclamation points. When she’s excited, she talks with her hands. Like tips? Sign up for her weekly newsletter on the writing process at