Please sponsor me! I am writing as much as I can during the Mountain of Words Write-A-thon to support the work of Asheville Writers in the Schools and community. It's tax deductibe so please sponsor generously!
I currently spend my days working in an elementary school library filled with students like the ones you’ll meet in Catching the Moon and in the Carlos and Carmen early chapter book series, published by ABDO Publishing.
I gained my expertise bottle feeding lambs, harnessing horses, and running from roosters while working at a summer camp, and my pro-wrestling knowledge is courtesy of a black and white TV equipped with rabbit ears and a large piece of aluminum foil. I've explored seas, lakes, and swamps all over the world, and although I haven't yet gone swimming with a Benvarry or discovered a ghost guarding treasure, I keep hoping.
My most recent manuscript is The Secrets of Sweetgum Swamp -- a middle grades novel that's part ghost story and part treasure hunt, and I'm currently working on a new early chapter book series that follows the exploits of three inventive squirrel brothers.
You can find out more about me and my writing projects at: kirsten.mcdonald.wix.com/writer
Asheville Writers in the Schools and Community
provides creative, innovative writing and arts programs to affirm imagination and community while building critical literacy skills. Children, teens and families who are too often overlooked and unheard are inspired to share their voices and power to create a more just and equitable world.
Check out this anthology from one of our Family Voices program, where 3rd graders and their families gather each week for a meal and writing together. Or, check out our the just-launchd bilingual, online magazine visioned, created and led by youth of color, Word on the Street/La Voz de Los Jovenes. ( Share this link with a young writer or artist--we're looking for submissions!)