Stretching My Hands Out: a photo-narrative exhibit

This month I went to a photo-narrative exhibit and poetry reading planned by two of my friends—Gigi Amateau and Penelope…

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Fall Writing Conferences: Inspiration from the Road

In October I heard two excellent keynoters—Marita Golden at the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, and Laurie Halse Anderson…

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Chance Comes Once: author interview and giveaway!

I’m still choked up after reading Her Own Two Feet, just out from Scholastic’s FOCUS imprint, about a Rwandan girl…

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Middle Grade Sci-Fi: interview & giveaway

Last month, our protagonist realized she “could believe in science without giving up on magic.” This month, we’re looking at…

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When a Theater Nerd Writes Fiction: interview & giveaway!

Look what’s out in paperback tomorrow (June 4)! The Mortification of Fovea Munson by Mary Winn Heider. It’s LOL funny—the…

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Telling the Truth: Slavery’s Descendants

My essay “So Many Names” is out this week in an anthology from Coming to the Table: Slavery’s Descendants: Shared…

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Craft Strong Secondary Characters: interview & giveaway

After reading Adam P. Schmitt’s debut middle grade novel Speechless, I was… speechless. No, really. I was. Seriously. Toward the…

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