ICL Published Grad - Sarah Richard

Sarah Richard

Published Work: How I Taught My Kids to Read

Sarah is a graduate of Institute for Children’s Literature. View Course Catalog >

Welcome to the Winners’ Circle where we celebrate the success of our IFW and ICL published graduates. Today we are celebrating author Sarah Richard!

How I Taught My Kids to Read by Sarah V. RichardWhat is the name of your book? Who is the publisher?

How I Taught My Kids to Read

Book, publisher: Blurb

Embracing English as a Second Language

Article, published by English EFL

Student Motivation

Article, published by English Club

Successful Strategies

Article, published by English EFL

Level Up the Reading Skills

Article, published by New Orleans Mom

The Causeway

Short Story, Microfiction Monday, 134th Edition

Try Again

Short Story, Microfiction Monday, 135th Edition

Relly and Rolo

Short Story, Short Kids Stories

Give us a short summary of your work.

The book and three articles are supplemental reading resources to help kids succeed.

Tell us a bit about your path to publishing, from idea to submission to published.

I usually write out an outline and then expand the outline out to keep the focus.

How long have you been writing?

Sarah Richard HeadshotI have been writing since I could hold a pencil.

What’s your favorite genre to write and why?

Educational writing has been most successful.

Please list the course or courses you’ve taken with us.

Writing for Children and Teens

Beyond the Basics

How has taking our courses helped your writing and/or career?

POV— I had a bad habit of head hopping.
Using different words, such as since or when. I would repeat the same words over and over and needed better word choices.
Alright is all right, but it seems alright is accepted these days.
Concise writing—making writing more specific and to the point.

Have any of your class assignments been published?

I was published with DiskUs Publishing, Positive Teens magazine and Organic Family magazine after finishing your courses.

Do you have a favorite writing tip you’d like to share?
I’m grateful for the little bit of feedback I got with some submissions. Whether it was subjective or not, I always tried to be mindful of it with my next submissions to other places.

If you could travel back in time and give yourself one piece of writing advice, how far back would you go, and what would you tell yourself?
People told me that the internet was not a place to market.
Just wait.

What inspires your writing the most?
My cat Rolo gives me lots of content.

Please tell us the best or most valuable thing you learned from your experience with ICL and IFW.

Formatting and doing research. I accidentally submitted a children’s story with a descriptive paragraph about the dinner to a vegetarian magazine. The dinner had meat in it. I felt really bad.

After teaching for ten years, Sarah used humor to engage her students. She took her own advice to students and went into a STEM field. She has been working as a data analyst for two years, and her 20-year-old twins graduate college this year. Rolo is her grandcat.

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