LoonSongPublishers Weekly highlighted the inaugural LoonSong retreat for children’s book writers, which took place in Minnesota from September 8-12. Co-sponsored by VCFA, the event was organized by WCYA alumnx Debby Dahl Edwardson (’05) and Jane Buchanan (’05) along with former faculty member Marion Dane Bauer. Presenters included current WCYA faculty Will Alexander and Kekla Magoon (’05), and VCFA trustee Katherine Paterson gave the keynote address.

Offering lectures, workshops, marketing consultations, and plenty of time to write in a remote, distraction-free environment, LoonSong was a huge success. Mark your calendars for next year’s retreat, September 7-11, 2017, and learn more at http://loonsong.org/.

Also in the news was the recent launch of The Marvelous Thing that Came from a Spring, by WCYA alumnx Gilbert Ford (’15). Written and illustrated by Ford, this playful nonfiction picture book brings to life the invention of the Slinky. Ford created a window display for the book at Books of Wonder in Manhattan and wrote an entertaining account of the process on his blog. Visit the blog and find out more about his work at http://gilbertford.com/.