I am passionate about supporting writers of all levels on their path to publication. With over two decades of experience and an inspirational approach, whether you are toying with the the idea of writing a book, have a finished manuscript, or anything in-between, I'll help you advance toward your goals.
Writing Picture Books!
An Arts Mill Writing Loft Workshop
Guided by Author Sheri Mabry
With Guest (remote) Editor Carter Hasegawa from Candlewick Press
Do you have a great idea for a picture book but don’t know where to begin? Do you have a story written and you are wondering what the next step is? Join me as I share what I’ve learned from my years of experience writing and editing books for children. We will explore the elements of picture books and answer your questions on your path to publishing in this genre. We will delve more deeply into the components that have made picture books award winners and you’ll leave inspired about writing for children. You will also have the wonderful opportunity to meet Carter, who will be our (remote) guest editor. He will share a few tips about picture book writing and will accept a submission from attendees after the workshop. Join us and connect with other writers, learn from an author and editor, and take the next step towards reaching your dreams!
Date/Time: Wednesday evening, May 25, 2022, 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: The Arts Mill Writing Loft, 1300, 14th Ave Studio 311 (3rd floor) Grafton WI 53024.
Self-Investment: $48.00. Please pre-register to reserve your spot. To register: please sign up through the website www.sherimabryinc.com.You must pay in full to reserve your space. Venmo Sheri: @sherimabryinc or mail check to Sheri Mabry Inc, at the Arts Mill Writing Loft Address. Questions? Contact Sheri: 262-326-0110
Sheri Mabry (Bestor) is an award winning author, with over a dozen books published in several genres. She has earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, has experience as a literary agent, and owns and operates the Arts Mill Writing Loft. She is the founder of North Shore Academy of the Arts. Visit: www.sherimabryinc.com for more info on the books she has published and a complete menu of services she offers. Carter Hasegawa’s favorite kinds of books to work on are picture books, but he’s open to all formats. Some of his favorite, non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold; Jellicoe Road; Clementine; Ender’s Game; Three Times Lucky; Imogene’s Antlers; the Elephant & Piggie books; George and Martha; Good Night, Gorilla; and many, MANY others. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is "unputdownable." Originally from Seattle, he now lives in Boston with his wife and toddler son, and he works as an editor at Candlewick Press.
“Sheri’s writing perspective is so valuable because it is borne of intense study of the craft, knowledge of many genres, writing with singular focus, and passion for helping other writers succeed and love the writing process as she does. In her workshops she shares her experience submitting manuscripts for 30+ years-the ups and downs, rejections and reworks and growing through the process. Her peaceful style makes it all seem possible, and it is truly inspiring.” Jen Ziegler.
An Introduction to
Writing for Children
Taught by Author Sheri Mabry,
With (zoom) Guest Editor Andrea Hall
Is it a dream of yours to write for children but you don’t know where to begin?
Do you have a story written but don’t feel confident to take the next step?
Are you curious if writing for children is for you?
I hope you’ll join me for this special, in-person writing workshop where we will learn about the industry and craft. We’ll discuss the different genres of writing for children, steps to publishing, the submission process, and insider tips of the trade. Special guest, editor Andrea Hall, will be zoomed in live to our workshop to share her industry knowledge with us!
I’m always honored to work with aspiring and experienced writers and look forward to having you be a part of this inspiring evening.
Date/Time: April 6, 2022. 6:30-8:30pm
Workshop Location: The Arts Mill Writing Loft, 1300, 14th Ave, 3rd Floor. Grafton WI 53024. ALSO AVAILABLE TO TEACH AT YOUR SITE
Next Session Date: contact Sheri with your interest- 262-326-0110
Sheri Mabry (Bestor) is an award winning author, published in several genres. She has earned a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, has experience as a literary agent, is an editor at Arts Mill Writing Services Loft, and founder of North Shore Academy of the Arts. Visit: www.sherimabryinc.com for publishing credits.
Andrea Hall is a Senior Acquisitions Editor with Beaming Books. She is passionate about stories that reflect real life, showcase underrepresented people or events, and stories with a social/emotional focus. A few of her recent acquisitions include THE POSTCARD PROJECT by Maggie Lauren Brown, SOMETIMES SHY by Julie Bliven, FLIPFLOPI by Linda Ravin Lodding and Dipesh Pabari, and ONE SMALL THING by Marsha Diane Arnold. Andrea holds a BA in English/creative writing from Miami University in Ohio. She is also the author of She’s on the Money. Follow her on Twitter: @andreadonall.
Critique Session-comprehensive support on your fiction and non-fiction, all levels
This service is for those interested in taking their manuscript to the next level. Whether you’re just starting out, or a seasoned writer with a complete manuscript-I’m here to support you on your path. Depending upon the genre as well as the stage of your project, you may receive the following: conceptual ideas, proofreading, input on story structure, plot, voice, rhythm, character development, word choice, theme, presentation of facts, and possibly even your project’s place in the market. During your phone, zoom or in -person conference with me, you’ll not only gain insights to help you with your project but you'll also receive guidance to help you grow as a writer.
Perfect for adults writing for children, adults writing memoirs and autobiographies, and those writing general non-fiction and fiction books. Online, phone conference or virtual.
$70 for under 1,000 words.
$110 for 1,000-2,000 words.
$220 for 2,001-4,000 words
If you'd like a critique for a longer project, please contact me directly.
Do you have a myriad of questions about the industry? Do you wonder what your next step is in your path to publishing? Gain expert advice on the path to publication from an award-winning published author, experienced Literary Agent, business owner, and educator.
I am here to support your writing career. We’ll begin investigating your goals and aspirations then we will set the course on how to get from where you are now to where you’d like to go. Tips, tools and techniques on the industry, publishing, formatting, submissions and writing resources will be shared to help you navigate this creative journey. I'll inspire you to develop a writing practice and encourage you along the way on your path to publication! $70/hour
Ghost Writing/Business Writing Support
From website content and blogs, to mission and vision statements and marketing materials, I will support your business writing. Have a great idea for a book but need a writer? I'm here for you, with proven experience, to write your book for you. Please schedule an initial hour to kick off our collaboration. We will discuss your project and needs while I share insights into an approach that will fit your needs. $70/hour
The "Writing for Children" Series
Whether you’ve always wanted to write for children and don’t know where to begin, or you are well on your way on the path to publication, these inspiring and information-packed mini-sessions will guide you with critical information to help you reach your goals. With over twenty years of experience working on the craft and in the industry, and over eleven books sold to publishers, I’m sharing what I’ve learned in these bite-sized, spotlight-focused sessions that are manageable and applicable. With this one-on-one interactive format, you’ll be engaged and able to ask questions as we go so you leave the session inspired to write!
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"Sheri Mabry is an excellent writing mentor. She wants nothing but one's writing best. Her high expectations inspires a writer to reach inside her craft and dig deep to fid the voice/soul of each piece. Anyone who wants a state of the art coach should definitely choose to work with Sheri."
Joan G. Boyce
"Sheri first critiqued a manuscript for me at a SCBWI conference two years ago. She did such a helpful and thorough job that I have been using her service ever since. Both her ideas for me to consider and her questions for me help align my story on the page more closely with the story in my head. In addition to her written critiques I also enjoy and value her phone critiques. My manuscripts are much stronger after working with Sheri."
CT ~ Wisconsin
"Sheri is the best thing that has r happened to my writing career. I have studied picture book writing diligently, attended meetings, critique groups and expensive conferences, yet I probed in the dark. Then I found Willow Words and Sheri. With unexpected warmth and inspiration, Sheri taught me more in one critique letter than I had learned in all my previous study combined. Furthermore, she has demonstrated a sincere interest in my development as a writer and individual.Thanks, Sheri for turning on the lights and taking an interest in my work."
Daniel Welborn ~ Writer
"I can’t say enough good things about Sheri! Working with her was like having a coach and a teacher all in one. My partner and I both really appreciated her honest yet gentle way of working with our writing and concept. She definitely knows what she’s doing in the writing business. As two novice writers we had all the insecure feelings and fears going into this project. Sheri definitely helped support us and guide us through the process all the way to completion. We now have a beautiful book that we both love and adore thanks to our work with Sheri." ~Jocelyn Fitzgerald LMFT/ART-BC, Co-Author of Colorful Place: Mindful Art & Story for kids.
"Sheri's writing perspective is so valuable because it is borne of intense study of the craft, knowledge of many genres, writing with singular focus, and passion for helping other writers succeed and love the writing process as she does. In her workshops she shares her experience submitting manuscripts for 30+ years-the ups and downs, rejections and reworks and growing through the process. Her peaceful style makes it all seem possible, and it is truly inspiring." ~Jen Ziegler, Writer