Kids & music: The most inspiring documentary I’ve ever seen

Kids & music: The most inspiring documentary I’ve ever seen

I just came out of this newly-released documentary about a music teacher who helped kids living around a Paraguay landfill make instruments from the garbage, and learn to play them. He coached them into an orchestra that now tours the world. The organization...
Award-winning young-adult author coming to Toronto

Award-winning young-adult author coming to Toronto

Nobody sleeps through my school presentations! Especially not boys, who particularly like my 17 bestselling adventure and extreme-sports novels. Hey, Toronto: I’m coming your way the week of May 9, 2016. That means schools can book me for author presentations...
What is your child’s learning style?

What is your child’s learning style?

  Kids learn in different ways, and parents and mentors who know this end up being more effective in relating to and teaching them. There are three “learning styles”: auditory, visual, and kinesthetic. Auditory learners like it when parents read in a dramatic way,...
Free presentations on turning around underachieving boys

Free presentations on turning around underachieving boys

Next week I’m giving four free presentations on helping to turn around underachieving boys, based on my book Jump-Starting Boys. All my books will be available for sale and I’ll be there to autograph them. Here’s where I’ll be presenting around...
The adventure gene

The adventure gene

Richard, Cynthia and Anita Miller, 1955 I just got this precious photo from my older sister, and figured it’s worth sharing. It made me reflect on how adventure runs in our family. My parents spent their early years above the Arctic Circle in Allakaket, Alaska....
A whale of a birthday

A whale of a birthday

Pam, Steve and Jeremy Withers A few weeks ago I had the best birthday ever. Why? Not just because my husband and son took me out to dinner on the ocean-side deck of the Springwater Lodge on Mayne Island, British Columbia, but because as we were dining, an orca and her...
Kids and online learning

Kids and online learning

I had a student as both a fifth- and sixth-grader, who had no confidence in himself in math. He has ADHD and could not focus long enough to get through a math problem that involved more than a quick answer he could do in his head. The first few months of fifth grade,...
Two courses for writers available on CD

Two courses for writers available on CD

I had a great time offering two presentations at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon last weekend. Both my talks were recorded and the CDs are for sale through VW Tapes,  www.vwtapes.com. I notice the site has not yet uploaded its Willamette...
Writing a book series

Writing a book series

Today I’m giving two presentations at the Willamette Writers Conference in Portland, Oregon. One is on researching your novel to make it more authentic; the other is on writing a book series. The fun part of putting the latter talk together, was delving into the...
Researching a novel: My ship has come in

Researching a novel: My ship has come in

I’m excited to tell you about my new 45-foot yacht. Well, okay, it’s not mine. But it cruised into my life last week and decided to be a main character in the novel I’m writing at the moment. I had already outlined this novel, of course, and knew it featured a power...