The "Little Writers Big Change" Free Workshop Series

Sign up your child for Wheat Penny Press's free 6-part writer's workshop for kids, featuring New York Times best-selling authors and industry leaders. We believe that your little writer's voice has value and their story matters!

Dear Grownups with Little Writers,

In fall 2020, we invited young writers (ages 9 – 14) to participate in an enriching and groundbreaking live, online workshop series presented by independent children’s publisher Wheat Penny Press. The 6-part series culminated in the opportunity for every child to submit their story to our Little Writers Big Change Anthology!

We had the most amazing voices in the children’s and young adult literary spaces lined up, and now you can sign up to watch the replays for free! Here’s a step-by-step guide to getting access for your little writer.

Step 1: Get Access

Step 2: Make Time to Watch

Set time aside to enjoy all six hours of replays with our amazing guests.

Every workshop is hosted by the founder of Wheat Penny Press and the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative, Rebekah Borucki.

  • Workshop 1: NYT #1 best-selling award-winningauthor Derrick Barnes
  • Workshop 2: Brian Yanish, children’s book author and creator of Scrap Kins
  • Workshop 3: Broadway performer and creator of the Wildflower Method™ Dee Kelly
  • Workshop 4: author and motivational speaker Quentin Vennie
  • Workshop 5: Ryse T and Mike Rawls, educators and social justice advocates
  • Workshop 6: NYT #1 best-selling author and Montessori educator Tiffany Jewell

Step 3: Review the Contest Rules (for the submission period ending February 15, 2021)

Below is a brief overview of the Official Contest Rules for anthology submissions (participants may submit their stories starting on November 24, 2020). Please keep in mind that these guidelines are only for children wishing to submit their stories for the anthology—we’re welcoming children from all over the world to participate in the workshop series.

To submit a story for consideration for the Wheat Penny Press Little Writers Big Change Anthology, your child:

  • Must be age 9-14 on October 20, 2020
  • Must be a resident of the United States
  • Must sign the Submission Agreement along with their legal guardian
  • Must submit their entry via email — — or mail no later than 11:59 PM Eastern on February 15, 2021; mailed entries must be postmarked on or before February 15, 2021
    • Stories must follow one of the provided themes and be between 200-1000 words
    • Authors of selected stories will receive a $50 honorarium and five contributor copies of the published anthology
  • Must have attended or watched at least four out of six of the calls (a secret password will be shared in each call to verify attendance)

Future workshops coming soon!

If you read this far without claiming your free spot in our workshop, scroll back up to do it now! You’ll be the first to know about upcoming workshops and special events. Your child’s story could be on our Wheat Penny Press book shelf!

This workshop series was supported in part through a micro-grant from REALITY, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.


About Wheat Penny Press and Our Mission

Wheat Penny Press was founded to help children build resiliency and reframe their role in the world narrative through inspiring stories focused on empowerment and emotional wellness. We’re also dedicated to signing and supporting authors and illustrators who hold marginalized dentities.

And because the representation of Black, brown, LGBTQ+, and disabled children and their stories matters for ALL children, we are committed to publishing diverse books and distributing them across library systems, schools, and social media through our nonprofit, the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative.

The WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative is our registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides children new paths to healing, better communication, and stronger relationships through dynamic, inclusive storytelling and events led by industry experts. Since beginning our efforts in 2019, we have gifted thousands of books and wellness tools to schools and organizations in under-resourced areas.

About Your Host, Rebekah Borucki

Rebekah “Bex” Borucki (she/they) is a mother-to-five, grandmother-to-one, self-help and children’s author, and founder and president of Row House, Wheat Penny Press (Row House’s children’s imprint), and the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative.

Since 2009, Borucki has run an online wellness advocacy space through her BexLife® platform and Blissed In®, a wellness movement that launched a series of successful media endeavors and cultivated a dedicated follower community.

Driven by a commitment to make wellness tools available to all, Borucki has taught meditation as a means of profound self-care that can be executed effortlessly and effectively to hundreds of thousands of individuals online and in live workshops. In addition, she has also served on the Yoga Alliance Equity Task Force and as a mentor for Hay House’s Diverse Wisdom Initiative.

As a mentor to creative healers, Borucki guides her clients to create books and brand presences from the ground up and the heart outward. Her clients have gone on to receive publishing contracts with major houses like Simon & Schuster and Hay House. Borucki is published by Hay House, the Quarto Publishing Group, and her own house, Row House Publishing, under the Wheat Penny Press imprint.

Her best-selling books for adults, You Have 4 Minutes to Change Your Life (Hay House 2017), Managing the Motherload (Hay House 2019), and the Calm and Clear Mindfulness Kit (becker&mayer 2019), are available now, wherever books are sold. Buy her children’s books and support the WPP Little Readers Big Change Initiative at

Borucki lives with her family in New Jersey.