Posts by L. E. Carmichael


Save Writing Time by Outlining Before You Start

One Weird Trick to Reduce Writing Time

Here we are, well into another school year, and I'm betting quite a few of you are already grappling with writing assignments. So, it seemed like a good time to dust off the old Teach Write column. I've been a ... Read More  

cover of Sour Cakes by Karen Krossing

Karen Krossing: Sparking Conversations About Emotions with Sour Cakes

As an author of novels for teens and kids, I’m used to being the sole creator of a book in partnership with a publishing team. When I wrote my first picture book, part of my journey was to understand ... Read More  

And That’s How Two Years Go By

Two years ago today, I submitted the first draft of my forthcoming children's book.* I was burned out and already coughing from what would turn out to be a raging case of stress-induced bacterial bronchitis. And I was getting ... Read More  

C is for Climate: Three Ways to Celebrate Science Literacy Week!

For those unfamiliar, Science Literacy Week is an annual event that celebrates the messy, astounding, wonder-filled thing that is the scientific method and all the knowledge it gives us. It's a time to learn about science, do some science, ... Read More  

Sorry For Your Loss: Funeral Customs and Joanne Levy’s Newest Novel

When I wrote SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS, a middle grade novel set in a funeral home, I actually didn’t think much about the science around death. My book is about grief and friendships and what happens to us when ... Read More  

The Wolf's Curse by Jessica Vitalis

Jessica Vitalis: Death and Hope in The Wolf’s Curse

I never meant to write about a story about death; not in the traditional “I’ve lost everybody I love” or the “I’m about to lose someone I really love” sense. After writing several dark and relatively painful manuscripts, I ... Read More  

cover of The Boreal Forest by L. E. Carmichael

Red Cedar Nomination and a New Presentation!

The Boreal Forest has been nominated for a Red Cedar Award! The Red Cedars are British Columbia's children's choice awards, and I am SO EXCITED to know that kids across British Columbia will be reading my book this school ... Read More  

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It Turns Out I Am Bad at Vacation

First things first: I am now fully vaxxed - woohooo! - and even though the second dose knocked me flat, I am intensely grateful for it, because next week I get to see my (also vaxxed) Dad and Not-So-Evil-Stepmother ... Read More  

Malaika's Surprise by Nadia L. Hohn

Carnival as a Protest and Theme in Nadia L. Hohn’s Malaika Books

In my presentations, when I ask my young audiences to define a carnival, often, they talk about the rides, costumes and music.  Carnival is also the celebration in which rich foods are eaten before the start of Lent, the ... Read More  

Fox Cousteau joins Team Pfizer

A Desperately Needed Vacation

So, how's everyone doing out there? Frustrated? Exhausted? Burnt out? Yeah. Me too. I've been trying to figure out why I'm so tired - usually after I realize I've been staring into the middle distance for an unknown number of minutes ... Read More  

The Boreal Forest Wins A Yellow Cedar Honour

I am well and truly honoured by this news! The Forest of Reading is a children's choice award program, and knowing that kids across the country thought my book was good enough to vote for? That's both humbling and ... Read More  

Mad for Ads by Erica Fyvie

Erica Fyvie Goes Mad for Ads

After I finished writing my first book, Trash Revolution, I found myself continuing to research the broken cycle of production-consumption-waste. It made me think about some of the reasons we become consumers, and why we support the companies we ... Read More  

An Earthling's Guide to Outer Space by Bob McDonald

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: An Earthling’s Guide to Outer Space

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Developing an efficient workflow

Managing Information: A Writer’s Workflow

If you've been following the last three Teach Write columns on managing and organizing research, today is the day: the day we put it all together into a streamlined, efficient workflow. Note that this the method I've arrived at over ... Read More  

One Earth by Anuradha Rao

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: One Earth: People of Color Protecting Our Planet

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Picture Book, Tough Like Mum, by Lana Button

Lana Button: Tough Topics in Tough Like Mum

Picture books can be a safe place to have a difficult conversation. A picture book can sometimes tell a hard story in a manner that lands safely for a young reader, and hopefully leaves them feeling inspired. That was ... Read More  

Trending by Kira Vermond

Yellow Cedar Book Talks: Trending: How and Why Stuff Gets Popular

The Boreal Forest: A Year in the World's Largest Land Biome, has been nominated for a Yellow Cedar Award in the 2021 Forest of Reading! I am both thrilled and honoured to be in such great company, so I've ... Read More  

Scrivener is an invaluable tool for writing nonfiction

Managing Information: Writing Nonfiction in Scrivener

OK. We've talked about how to take notes and how to track our sources, either manually or using a reference manager. Today I'm going to discuss another fabulous app for writers: Scrivener. The combination of Endnote (reference manager) and Scrivener ... Read More