For Authors: Refine Your Craft

For Authors: Refine Your Craft

Support for the development of authors: Information gleaned by an experienced researcher

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For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

For Educators: Tap Creative Potential

Frameworks for activating and engaging creativity for students of all ages

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For Readers: Share the Journey

For Readers: Share the Journey

See examples, hear stories, and walk with her on the path as an exuberant published author celebrates writing

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Use Social Media

Sherrinda Ketchersid, a medieval Christian romance author, whose book Lord of Her Heart, was published this month, presented “Tips and Tools for the Writing Journey” to the Abilene Writers’ Guild on May 23rd. Her are some of the things I took away from her presentation: Being visible is important. You need to pick social media (or

Don’t Give Up

Mitali Perkins, author of ELEVEN published children’s books, including Rickshaw Girl, and her newest Forward Me Back to You–just released last month, spoke at Austin’s SCBWI conference. Among many useful details from her keynote speech, she said: “You don’t control the market. You can control your craft.” So work on your writing. Read a lot, in the

6-Word Biographies

One way to make sure you know your characters is to create a 6-word biography for them. Examples from my middle grades novels (from the oldest character to the youngest): (Great) Uncle Toban: Hope renewed. Beloved uncle. Valued partner. Grama Kawa: Matriarch, raising littles, joy after despair. World Lost. Family Found. Grateful heart. Survivor. Making

Vivid Imagery

This is a framework for teaching students to write poetry. It’s fun. It has worked multiple times. It’s here if you want to use it. When I want students to write, I tell them to write poetry. If you haven’t tried that, do it. Most children will happily write poetry for hours. Even older students,