Interview with Talented Author and Teacher, Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen books make my heart sing.  So when I heard about her Picture Book Boot Camp, I applied.  After four days in Jane’s home, learning from her wit and wisdom, I am forever changed.  It’s a privilege to interview her for Writer’s Rumpus.
Kirsti Call: Your picture book boot camp was transformational and easily the most inspiring and motivating writing workshop I’ve ever been to.  What are your future workshop plans?
Jane Yolen: A third picture book boot camp–if we can find a fall date that suits. Same kind–writers with at least one picture book published or under contract with a traditional publisher.
KC: You write picture books, MG, YA, graphic novels, adult novels, poetry books and everything in between.  How do you decide what to work on and when?
JY: The story decides, not me. I find if I try to push something in a direction it doesn’t want to go, it sits down and refuses to budge, like a two year old at the supermarket.
KC: You’re famous for your “Butt in Chair” advice.  How much time a day do you spend BIC?
JY: On good days–eight hours (with time out to walk two miles). On moderate days 3-6 hours, ditto the walk. On bad days less than three. Bad being defined by meetings, hair appointments,doctor appointments, dental, etc. Even when I am on the road, I try to put in about three hours of actual writing.
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3 comments:

  1. Definitely an activity for my bucket list. Just the other day I was fighting sleep like a baby because I was reading through Jane Yolen's website and words of wisdom found in speeches throughout the interview. Falling asleep to her words was wonderful.

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    1. Yes, you should go if you possibly can...such an amazing experience.

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