Friday, March 29, 2019

ReFoReMo Day 21: Founders Carrie Charley Brown & Kirsti Call Say Thanks, Celebrate, and Cross Their Fingers!

By Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call

The last day of ReFoReMo 2019 is here, friends. We are certain there will be mixed emotions, but this is truly not the end. You might decide to cut down on the weight of your library haul, but you must keep gifting yourself with the insider knowledge that mentor texts provide. Stand proud and proclaim your victorious month!

Our goal on this journey was to grow as writers. Let’s enhance our growth mindsets by reflecting:

What was your goal as you entered ReFoReMo?
What steps did you take to achieve your goal?
What new skill or knowledge did you learn?
What would you like to learn more about?
What else could you do to make your mentor text journey more personal or connected?

You could save all of the mentor texts that you want to re-read and look for what they have in common.  Then, ask yourself: Why do I like this group of books?  What is it about them that moves me? 

What are you grateful for? For starters, let’s throw some thank-yous to the grandstand:

Susannah Richards
Jamie Deenihan
Marcie Flinchum Atkins
Heidi Stemple
Matthew Winner
Emma Sector
Mia Wenjen
Christy Mihaly
Ryan T. Higgins
Janie Reinart
Julie Bliven
Ruth Spiro
Cindy Schrauben
Emma Walton Hamilton
Keila Dawson
Charlotte Wenger
Kim Chaffee
Michelle Houts
Deborah Sloan
And us, Carrie Charley Brown and Kirsti Call

Now, it’s your turn! Give yourself a round of applause! Heck, how about a standing ovation?

If you registered for ReFoReMo by March 4, commented on every post, and made efforts to read and research picture books consistently during this past month, then please feel free to enter the prize drawings below. To see the variety of prizes in this drawing, use the dots to scroll through. You will only enter the drawing Rafflecopter one time, but be sure to do it by April 3. Good luck! We are thankful to our presenters for going above and beyond to offer these extras! 

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We will be back to announce the prize winners on April 9! Until then, join us in the Facebook Group to share your mentor text analysis of particular books or break down your research process for us! Did you discover something eye-opening? Did you benefit from a certain approach to note-taking? We want to hear what worked for you!

Carrie Charley Brown is the founder and co-coordinator of ReFoReMo. She eats, sleeps, and breathes picture books as a library media specialist, writer, and critique mentor. Carrie contributed as a 2014/2015 CYBILS fiction picture book panelist and regional advisor for SCBWI North Texas. She enjoys supporting the kidlit community by spreading mentor text love.

Kirsti Call is the co-coordinator of ReFoReMo and a marriage and family therapist who uses bibliotherapy with every client. She reads, critiques and revises every day as a member of various critique groups, and blogs for Writers Rumpus. As the author of The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall, Kirsti coaches revision at school visits through interactive writing, singing, and of course, reading for research! Kirsti contributed as a 2015 CYBILS YA Fiction panelist and 2016-2018 CYBILS fiction picture book panelist. She is repped by Emma Sector at Prospect Agency.