My cats are interviewed!

As many of my friends and fans know, I have five–yep, five–cats. Each one is super important to me. Recently, the five were collectively interviewed on the “Pets and Their Authors” blog that author Mayra Calvani keeps.

See Five cats spill the beans on children’s author Lisa Cottrell-Bentley to read the questions and their answers, as well as to see a few fun photos of my kitty-companions.

Fall 2010 Creative Writing classes

Hooray! I’ll be teaching creative writing classes again this fall!

Creative Writing

with Author Lisa Cottrell-Bentley

Enjoy the magical world of fiction writing this fall with customized classes.

Location: Sahuarita Arts Center, 18825 S. La Cañada, Sahuarita, AZ

Homeschoolers’ Creative Writing, ages 6+ or with permission

This class includes how to spot elements of good storytelling, finding voice, dynamics of critiquing, editing basics, deciding on illustrations (and drawing some), grammar and spelling help (if needed), and much more! This class is geared toward children. There will be 12 instructional hours total, with assignments to take home during the off weeks (which will culminate in a completed physical kid’s book at the end of the session). All assignments and instruction will be customized for each child as needed, and can be ongoing for the Spring session.
Dates: September 13, 20, October 25, November 8, 15, 22
Time: 1:30PM-3:30PM, Bring your own snack and drink, if desired. All are invited to bring a laptop if they prefer typing, rather than writing longhand.

Wednesdays: Creative Writing for all

6-10 year olds
Same as above class.
Dates: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15
Time: 3:30PM-4:30PM, Bring yourself and your imagination!

11+ (including adults) or with permission
This class includes even further in-depth storytelling and editing techniques, learning how to give and take critique advice, how to make a tagline and synopsis, a professional critique of first ~20 pages of a manuscript after the class (valued at $120+), and much more! Those in this class will be able to e-mail Lisa for the rest of 2010 with their writing questions at no additional cost. This class is geared toward those serious about writing.
Dates: September 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, October 27, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15
Time: 4:30PM-5:30PM, Bring yourself and your imagination! Laptops are encouraged for those wanting to work digitally, rather than on paper.

Class costs:
$150 per person
Payments of cash, check, or credit card (through PayPal) accepted. Due in full one week before first class. No refunds for missed classes. If Lisa needs to reschedule a class, she’ll work with you on the date and time.

About Lisa:
Lisa is a published author who has lived in Sahuarita 5½ years. Her Wright on Time series of children’s chapter books have been a big hit with children, parents, and teachers all over the world. Lisa is the mother of two, has been a Girl Scout leader for 9 years, and has been winning writing awards since she was 9. To find out more about Lisa and her books, check out:

To sign up or ask for more information send an e-mail to Lisa using the contact form.

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, Author

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley, Author

Lisa M. Cottrell-Bentley has been writing since she was a child, winning her first writing contest at age 9. She’s been writing professionally since 2002. Lisa is an active member of RWA and SCBWI.

Lisa and her daughters spent many hours searching for children’s books about homeschoolers, but found very few. So, they decided to create their own. As they discussed their dream storylines, the Wright on Time series took shape. While they haven’t found any mysterious devices yet, they have done lots of field research trying out many of the activities described in these books.

Lisa lives and learns while writing in southern Arizona with her husband Greg, two happy always homeschooled daughters Zoë and Teagan, and three cats. Her desire is for all people to live their own personal dreams, now and for always.

Reviews are IN!

The first set of reviews from homeschooling experts are here for Wright on Time: ARIZONA, Book 1.

Wright on Time: ARIZONA is an exciting adventure from beginning to end. Through travel and exploration of their world, the Wright Family live a life of freedom on the road and are passionate about learning in all that they do. I love how this book approaches homeschooling as a common, valid option. The love, respect and connection that the family shares is deeply touching as they support one another throughout their expedition.
– Dayna Martin, Author of Radical Unschooling – A Revolution Has Begun

At last! A beautifully written series of chapter books about a homeschooling family traveling together. The respectful communication and love in the Wright family while on a fun mystery trip around the US will echo what young readers and caring parents really know is true; Families can be fun! My 10 year old loved it and is ready for the next one!
– Rain Fordyce, Authentic Life Coach and Author of I Am Learning All the Time

What a great joy it was to accompany the Wright family on their first adventure in the caves of Arizona. I was both on the edge of my seat at home ~deeply interested and often in suspense~ and right there in Arizona with them, as they joyfully excavated their gems, minerals and their own passions. With this delightful book, Lisa has created a family that is interesting to the reader because they are interested in the world. She has created a family that is a pleasure to be around because they are respectful to one another and of each other’s individuality. I think that Wright on Time: ARIZONA is a beautiful example of how real learning is for everyone of every age…and how it can be found right there in the joyful living.
– Anne Ohman, Mother of two always unschooled teenage boys, Founder/Owner of the Shine with Unschooling on-line community, Creator & Director of a respectful and celebratory parent/child library program, Inspirational Conference Speaker and Published Writer, currently completing two books-in-progress.

What a great book to get the whole family excited about adventuring together. This engaging story has me looking forward to planning a spelunking trip of my own and sharing it with my family.
– Barb Lundgren, Founder of the Rethinking Education/Rethinking Everything yearly conference

Please add your own reviews in the comments below.  Don’t forget to post your reviews on, too, as soon as the book is for sale there!