Léna is also a Regional Manager for Writopia Lab whose mission is to foster joy, literacy, and critical thinking in kids and teens from all backgrounds through creative writing.

"Well, the question is, what do you want to believe? Do you want to live in a world where things are possible, or in one where they aren't?" Cin, Edges.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Writerly Circles

My grandmother, Madeleine L'Engle, had an ever-expanding circle of writer friends, a path that I too am following. It has been a tremendous gift being in touch with a few from her circle, and I had the tremendous honor to be asked by Judith Lindbergh, author of The Thrall's Tale to guest blog on The Writer's Circle, which is one of my favorite blogs. Ever. So please hop on over and read my guest post - go on! Then come back - I'll still be here!

Judith and I have yet to meet in person, but she has been a tremendous support. She contacted me back in the summer about my work at Writopia, as she does workshops with kids and teens too! She encouraged me to reach out to WORDS bookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey, which is her home-town. So I am thrilled to say that I will be there, hawking Edges at 2PM this Saturday, and she will be in the audience!

We will come full circle. Judith, for me and my Gran, I'm gonna hug you so hard!

Postscript: OMG. I wrote the adjective TREMENDOUS three times! Instead of erasing and fixing, I thought I would point out my lack of self-editing to highlight it's importance!


  1. Lena, I adore you for your praise, your humor and your unabashed candor. Thank you for NOT fixing your "tremendous's" and pointing them out instead! As for your friendship and support (I'm thrilled that you like The Writers Circle. It means a lot to me.), the feeling is mutual. I can't wait to hug you back. See you tomorrow!

  2. Judith - SO great to hug you!

    And Alison, ROAR! (And a hug sometime soon I hope!)

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