Big News in the New Year

Happy New Year! I’m looking forward to breathing fresh life into this blog by sharing more creative resources and activities with you. Before I get things rolling later this month, I thought I’d ring in 2019 by sharing some great news and recent developments.

There’s no question that my most exciting moment in 2018 was signing a three book deal with Lakewater Press. They’ll be publishing my debut Young Adult series, The Legends of Anilyn, with the first book scheduled to release in Spring 2020. While that may seem far off to you, for me it feels like it’s right around the corner – I’m currently working on a draft of the second book, so I still have a lot of writing to do! Kate Foster and her staff at Lakewater Press have a soulful understanding of literary craft, and her guidance on my series-in-progress has challenged me to take bigger risks and infuse this series with larger life and mystery. I can’t wait to share these books with the world.

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My work on The Legends of Anilyn will be balanced with my continued contributions to The Magic Happens, where readers now have the option to read my articles or listen to them as an audio recording. My articles on this online hub of inspiration and transformation feature topics where creativity, self-exploration, and self-care converge. In the January issue, I share a creative exercise that comes with a big payoff for your future. I call it Love Letters to the Self, and I can think of no better day than today for you to give it a try. You won’t regret it!

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Strategies for Trauma-Aware Lesson Planning. International Teaching Artist Conference, September 2018. (Photo credit: Beth Feldman Brandt)

Finally, I’m excited to unveil an expansion to the Connect area of my website: Professional Development Workshops. Through my work in arts education, I’ve been fortunate to offer teaching artists, educators, and even high school students workshops that focus on growth and development in numerous areas. In recent years, I’ve been deepening my own educational practice through the study of trauma theory and trauma-informed practice; this work inspired me to create a number of professional development sessions for arts educators which unite behavioral health, education, and arts practices together to establish a safe creative space with growth-minded arts practices for individuals potentially impacted by trauma. In addition to training my teaching staff at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, I’ll be facilitating a 20-hour training for teaching artists through the Bartol Foundation once again this spring. If you would like to learn more about any of the sessions I list on my Professional Development page and how I can tailor them to the needs at your organization, please contact me.

Here’s to an exciting, creative, and prosperous New Year! Thank you for following me on this journey – I appreciate your support.

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4 thoughts on “Big News in the New Year

  1. Congratulations Mindy! So glad to hear this. You’re such an example for all of us! Thanks for sharing the news and your work — and renewing your blog! All the best to you! ~ Sheri

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