Monthly Archives: July 2017

Results from The Write Stuff Historical Fiction Survey

At the Write Stuff Literacy, Writing, and Research Festival at the National Archives in Washington, DC on July 8th, I asked the following:

  • Settings for A Little Wicked are based on where my Scottish and early-immigrant American ancestors lived.
  • If you were to write a historical novel based on your own heritage, where would you set it?
  • For example, maybe your family is Irish and you decide to set your story during the Irish Potato Famine of 1845-1852. Or maybe your ancestors are from California during the time of the Gold Rush. – excerpt from A Little Wicked: A Curriculum Guide for Educators and Readers by Marcie Colleen

Many people answered the call and named the countries of their ancestors. The pie chart is a breakdown of their responses.


Thank you to all who participated!

Countries listed:

Choctaw Tribe (TN Region)

A Little Wicked Featured on YouTube

On Saturday, July 8, 2017, the Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore discussed A Little Wicked with Kitty Felde on the Book Club for Kids podcast. The episode was broadcast LIVE on YouTube from the National Archives in Washington, DC. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg served as celebrity reader. What a thrill to hear her read from the pages of A Little Wicked!

The entire experience was amazing! My sincere thanks to the readers who took their jobs seriously, read thoroughly, and asked great questions.

Special thanks to Amber Kraft at the National Archives for dreaming up the  two-day Write Stuff program and bringing it to life! Thank you also to all the staff, interns and volunteers who worked so hard on this event.

On July 18th, the FREE podcast will launch on the Book Club for Kids website. You can also find the 40+ episodes in the iTunes store, on Stitcher and on SoundCloud! Check them out!

Come to the Write Stuff! at the National Archives!

Come to the Write Stuff, a wonderful two-day program at the National Archives in Washington, DC about writing through research.

HIGHLIGHT: At 11 AM on Saturday, July 8th,  tune into the US National Archives YouTube channel  to see a taping of the Book Club for Kids podcast hosted by Kitty Felde! The Girlfriends Book Club Baltimore will be discussing A Little Wicked. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg will be the celebrity reader.


Friday, July 7th, We will gather in the McGowan Theater for a panel discussion with our authors and moderator, Kitty Felde. After a break for lunch, we take over parts of the building for breakout sessions on writing through research with one of our five guest authors and illustrators. Friday requires FREE registration.

On Saturday, July 8th, come by and meet several authors and illustrators, including me, and talk with us out how we use research in our writing. I’ll be presenting information about A Little Wicked, share a hands-on craft and will be one of the readers in the Boeing Learning Center! Stop by and I will sign your copy of A Little Wicked!

Can’t make it to DC? No problem! You can still participate via the web. On Friday, Kitty Felde will be hosting a writing webinar.  Don’t forget about watching the podcast taping on YouTube!