Smart Poodle Publishing strives to promote children’s literacy programs and young talent. So you may remember that in October, 2009, we interviewed inspiring young writer/entrepreneur, Dallas Woodburn. Her organization, Write On! For Literacy has helped more than 3,000 kids with self-expression through literacy and publishing programs They have visited 65 classrooms and have distributed close to 12,000 donated books to underprivileged children through their Holiday Book Drive.
Write On! Books Publishing Company, founded in 2010 as an offshoot to Write On! For Literacy, just announced the release of its debut anthology. Dancing with the Pen features stories, poems, and essays by more than 60 young writers in middle school and high school from across the United States and even abroad: Singapore, Canada, and New Zealand. How exciting that must be for young students to see their works published!
Dallas explained, “Dancing with the Pen is a book for young writers, young readers, and the young at heart. Even if you are not normally a big reader, this book is still for you. Maybe you’ll recognize yourself in these pages. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to pick up a pen, step out on the dance floor, and go for a whirl yourself!”
Dallas Woodburn, anthology editor, is the author of two award-winning collections of short stories. She has written more than 80 articles and essays for national publications including Family Circle, Writer’s Digest, The Los Angeles Times, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. She graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Creative Writing and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in Fiction Writing at Purdue University.
Dallas Woodburn during the Write On! Holiday Book Drive
Copies of Dancing With The Pen are available at www.writeonbooks.org for $24.95, which includes shipping and handling. Discounted bulk orders are also available. For every copy purchased, a new book will be donated to Write On’s Holiday Book Drive to benefit disadvantaged youth.
Best of luck with the book, Dallas. I can’t wait to read it myself. Your talents and motivation are sure to inspire countless kids and adults alike. The world needs more people like you!