Marcie’s Writing


M.A. in Children’s Literature, Hollins University, 2005

M.F.A. in Children’s Literature, Hollins University, 2011

Freelance Educational Writing

Interactive Achievement



Writing Articles

“Mentor Text Marketing,” SCBWI Bulletin, November 2013.

“A Few Good Mentors,” The Highlighter (SCBWI Mid-Atlantic), Winter 2013.

“Revision in Roanoke,” The Highlighter (SCBWI Mid-Atlantic), Spring 2012.

“8 Tips for Writing with Tykes in Tow,” Children’s Writer Newsletter, March 2012.



Picture Book Month Teacher’s Guide, compiled by Marcie Colleen, Guest Article: “Picture Books as Mentor Texts for Writing,” October 2013.

Onomatopoeia Sounds Like… (Contributor)

Guest Blog Posts

Julie Hedlund’s 12×12 Site (September 4, 2012)

Mentor Texts: Market Your Book to Teachers (Fiction Notes, January 28, 2013)

Mentor Texts: Teach Common Core Writing (Making the Common Core Practical, January 28, 2013)

Write On, Mom Interview at Jenny Lee Sulpizio’s site (February 1, 2013)

Huddle Up: Critique Group Strategy at Rate Your Story (March 20, 2013)

Stealing Writing Time: Where to Find Time When You Don’t Have Any Extra at Writers on the Move (March 29, 2013)

True Confessions of a Juggler: Time Management Tips for Every Writer (DIYMFA, April 30, 2013)

Reading and Studying Mentor Texts (DIYMFA, August 16, 2013)

Overwhelmed? Overworked? Over-Committed? How to Keep Focus in 2014 (DIYMFA, January 8, 2014)

Using Character-Driven Picture Books as Mentor Texts to Improve Your Own Writing (Alayne Kay Christian, January 18, 2014)

Organization Tools and Tips for Submitting Your Work (Alayne Kay Christian, February 15, 2014)

How to Make Children’s Books Part of Your Everyday Language in Your Family (Raising Book Monsters, February 19, 2014)

 Writing Awards

Grand Prize Winner for “Mud Pie Day,” Children’s Writer, Kindergarten Story Contest, 2013. 

2nd Place Winner for “Beneath the Cover,” Children’s Writer Middle Grade Mystery Contest, 2012

Roanoke Valley Pen Women’s Scholarship, 2011

Shirley Henn Memorial Award for Creative Scholarship, Francelia Butler Conference, 2008

Shirley Henn Memorial Award for Creative Scholarship, Francelia Butler Conference, 2003




Member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators