I’ve been thinking a lot about the need for empathy lately. In a recent conversation with wonderful writer Shelley Pearsall, she said that she believes that If we can’t begin to imagine, we can’t begin to understand. These are words I’m holding close to my heart.
Next month Shelley and I will be presenting together at the Virginia Hamilton Conference. http://www.kent.edu/virginiahamiltonconference Our workshop is called “Seeking a Wider Window”, and we’ll be talking about the challenges and the rewards of writing characters very different from ourselves. I can’t wait to engage with teachers and librarians over this.