Enchanted Conversations Publishes My Poem, “Dishwater Dreaming”

This, and all of the fabulous art in the Donkeyskin issue was created by Amanda Bergloff, contributing editor and art director at Enchanted Conversations: A Fairy Tale Magazine

In June, I sold my first poem, “Dishwater Dreaming”, to Enchanted Conversations  A Fairy Tale Magazine, and it came out this month.

Enchanted Conversations:  A Fairy Tale Magazine

I am so excited about the opportunities at Enchanted Conversations, a web-based magazine that publishes six times per year, each issue focusing on a particular tale and inviting both prose and poetic submissions. The issue my poem was accepted for was one exploring the story Donkeyskin.

Why Enchanted Conversations?

  • I still love to read folktales and fairy tales.
  • I love the opportunity to explore, play with, and retell folktales and fairy tales.
  • Enchanted Conversations is a really fun outlet for crafting poetry (I rediscovered my love for writing poetry a few years ago and have fallen more and more in love with the practice as time goes by).

Interested in Submitting to Enchanted Conversations?

The story focus for the next issue of Enchanted Conversations is “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” The deadline is the end of this month. Click here to view the submission guidelines.

Classroom Applications

Wouldn’t taking Kate Wolford and Enchanted Conversations‘ be a fun way to process a whole class reading unit? Students could submit stories, poems, and art to create a class magazine or webzine that could be shared with parents and community. I love letting students process learning through the use of imagination.

Your Turn

Do you know of any other magazines or webzines that focus on folktales and fairy tales? Do you have any favorite tales that you would like to play with? What is it? Go ahead and the give the exercise a try (and please, please post your results). Just use the comment space below. I love to hear from you.


Got the Plot? Reading Response Exercise #102

Woo Hoo! We are working steady on plot this weekend. (Check out Friday’s Play With Your Words Writing Prompt for more on plot.)


Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes.


Think about what you have read.


List the plot points that have already occurred and tell what happened with each. Consider:

  • A beginning–a brief introduction to the main character/s and their initial circumstances (This usually includes some depiction of the setting.)
  • An inciting incident—some problem or challenge that intrudes on the main character’s “normal” life.
  • Escalating Action/Conflict—attempts, failures, and learning experiences the main character takes part in while trying to resolve the problem/challenge.
  • A climax—one last trial the main character faces where he or she must make a decision that will change his or her life forever
  • An End—showing the main character experiencing a “new normal

Preschool Literacy


Enjoy a picture book with your preschooler.


Ask your child the following questions:

  • Who was this story about?
  • What happened in this story?
  • What did the main character do that seems important?
  • How did this story end?


Enjoy a nice “book talk” with your preschooler/s.

Reading Response #32: What’s Important/Reading Comprehension Exercise

Read for at least twenty to thirty minutes. When you are done, think about what you have read then proceed to the following questions:

  • 1. If you had to pick only one word to describe what you read and if that word had to be an actual word used in the passage you read, what would it be? Why?
  • 2. What do you feel was the most important event, character, setting, feeling, or decision in the passage you read? Why?

Write down or discuss your responses with your reading friends.

For Pre-readers: Read a story together. When done, ask your child what he or she thought was the most important event in the story. Discuss it. After your preschooler has contributed her opinions, you can even contribute yours. Enjoy this conversation.