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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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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The Humility to Keep Trying

Barbara Kingsolver says, “[Writing is] a project of balancing the audacity to do this work, and the humility to keep trying until you’ve gotten it right.”

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