Melissa Wiley

is creating children's books and tidal learning adventures

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You'll receive access to my patron-only feed where I'll post new content at least once a week. These weekly posts focus on developing a nourishing creative practice, with lots of exploration of what I'm doing in my own practice and tips and advise to support yours. You'll also be invited to daily Zoom coworking sessions—every weekday* from 3-5pm Pacific time! (4-5pm PST on Tuesdays.)
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All the perks of Tier 1, plus:

Monthly posts featuring material from my memoir-in-progress: a book about my family's rollicking homeschooling, medically challenging, creative-living adventures. 

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Book club

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All the benefits of Tiers 1 and 2 plus:

monthly literary essay and discussion thread about a beloved author or captivating text. Think of it as a Bonny Glen book club! 
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About Melissa Wiley

I'm the author of more than a dozen books for kids, including The Nerviest Girl in the WorldThe Prairie ThiefFox and Crow Are Not Friends, the Inch and Roly series, and the Martha and Charlotte books. I also teach writing and literature courses, both locally and at Since January 2005, I've been blogging at Here in the Bonny Glen, a chronicle of my family's reading life, our Tidal Homeschooling experiences, and my many enthusiasms such as bee-and-butterfly gardening, learning to draw, fountain pens, and embroidery.


It's Patreon overhaul time! This month I'm revising the offerings for each tier, and I'm excited to share new content with you. Pricing remains the same, but the subscriber benefits at each level have changed.

For all levels: I'll continue my daily coworking sessions until the pandemic is well and truly behind us, and we can go back to working in coffee shops and museum cafés again. We meet in a private Zoom room and do brief check-ins before and after each hour of work. The usual schedule is M-F, 3-5pm Pacific time (except Tuesdays, when we meet for just one hour, 4-5 PST). 

Tier 1 benefits ($1/month or more): 
• Daily coworking sessions
• Weekly posts about nourishing a regular creative practice—mine and yours

Tier 2 benefits ($3/month or more):
• Daily coworking sessions
• Weekly posts about creative practice 
• Monthly (or twice monthly, if time permits) memoir posts—early looks at a manuscript I'm working on about our homeschooling, creative-living, medical-roller-coastering family adventure

Tier 3 benefits ($5/month or more):
• Daily coworking sessions
• Weekly posts about creative practice
• Monthly memoir posts 
• Monthly literary essays, usually focusing on a particular author or a linked collection of books. A close reading of a book or deep dive into a favorite author's body of work. 

Plus two new tiers! Click "see all five levels" to find out about the new services I'm offering.

I'm excited to dive into a new year of projects and connection! As always, thank you so much for supporting my work through your Patreon contributions. 


Curve ball after curve ball! What a year we've all add. I began my year with a diagnosis of skin cancer just after the holidays—a small patch of basal cell carcinoma on my nose. In February, I underwent Moh's surgery to remove the patch. Insurance covered it, but of course since a new year had ticked over, there was a new deductible to meet, and a hefty copay. What that means is that three years after this Patreon's genesis, it's still helping me pay medical bills! I'm so grateful for the support of all my patrons.


Life threw us for a loop in June 2017. We were in the middle of planning a move from San Diego to Portland, Oregon when I was surprised with a breast cancer diagnosis. The good news is, we caught it very early. We sped up our moving schedule, gave up Comic-Con, and got to Portland within a few weeks of diagnosis so that I could have surgery right away and do the rest of my treatment in one place. I was lucky: the early catch meant I was spared chemotherapy. I had surgery to remove the small tumor, and four weeks of radiation. I'm back to feeling like myself now and my recent scans looked good. Whew. 

Why Patreon?

I began this Patreon in August of 2017, the same week I started radiation treatments. Friends and readers had been encouraging me to launch one for quite some time. My blog archives are crammed with over twelve years' worth of book recommendations, educational resources, and discussions. Patreon provides an opportunity for me to put more time into my creative work and less into time-draining side-gigs like the pile of grantwriting assignments I took on to pay the bills during the long months (years) of work on my research-intensive historical fiction novels.

I'm so grateful for the support of friends and fans in this space. You're helping me pay off my medical bills, and that is huge! I'm grateful to have this corner of the internet where I can share a more intimate behind-the-scenes look at my writing life and our family learning adventures. Thank you so much for your support!

The bee illustrations on this page were created by artist Chris Gugliotti.

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