SARASOTA, Fla. – Dianne Ochiltree, a nationally recognized author of books for young readers, will speak to the Sarasota Fiction Writers on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at Selby Library. She will present the “Top 10 Kidlit Writing Tips That You Can Use for Any Writing Project.”
She believes many of the techniques and principles she uses for writing picture books and young novels apply to writing in any genre or format. Good writing disciplines are universal, Ochiltree said.
Many of Ochiltree’s books have appeared on “Best of” reading lists, been featured in book clubs and been translated into foreign language editions. Her picture book “Lull-A-Bye, Little One” has been a selection for the national childhood literacy foundation Imagination Library for over five years.
Her book “Molly, By Golly! The Legend of Molly Williams, America’s First Female Firefighter” received the Bronze Medal in the 2012 Florida Book Awards children’s literature category and was included on the Amelia Bloomer List for Feminist Literature by the American Library Association.
In 2013, her book “It’s a Firefly Night” was awarded the Silver Medal in the children’s literature category by the Florida Book Awards. Her new picture book, “It’s a Seashell Day,” is a follow up to “It’s a Firefly Night.”
Ochiltree, who spent many years as a marketing, advertising and public relations writer, shares her enthusiasm for creative writing in workshops and one-on-one coaching.
As a certified yoga instructor, Ochiltree leads zen writing workshops for fellow writers. She also brings her chocolate Labrador Retriever therapy dog, Sally, to visit with school children and nursing home residents.
The Sarasota Fiction Writers meeting is free and open to the public. For more information about the Sarasota Fiction Writers, please visit thequillguild1.wixsite.com/sfwriters. For more information about Ochiltree, please visit DianneOchiltree.com.