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Subtext: Two Plus Two Equals A Reader Connection

Eons ago, at my first SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day Conference, I heard the popular writing tip “show, don’t tell.” That catch phrase should be writing advice to live by, except this wide-eyed newbie didn’t understand how to “show.” I jumped … Continue reading

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Super Hero Writers

Last weekend Super Heros flew to Chicago to gather for SCBWI Prairie Writers & Illustrators Day. This year my conference posse grew from two writers to four, including one of my VCFA classmates. We happened to sit in the Maw-ha-ha section … Continue reading

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Wild, Wild Midwest

Last weekend 500 Wild, Wild Midwest children’s authors and illustrators gathered in Chicago for the SCBWI regional conference. The faculty list was a who’s who of awesome children’s authors, featuring keynote speeches by Lisa Cron, Sarah Aronson, Linda Sue Park, … Continue reading

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Writing Characters Who Don’t Look Like You

Last weekend my critique partner and I journeyed into Chicago for SCBWI Prairie Writer’s Day. Once again it was an event filled with awesome people in the publishing industry (or aspiring to be), invaluable knowledge, and heaps of inspiration. This … Continue reading

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Summer Slacking Ends Here!

The summer slacker has officially taken over, keeping me away from the blog (and grown-up responsibilities) for almost a month.  Where has the time gone?  My family has been busy celebrating the 4th of July, camping, and taking every opportunity … Continue reading

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Do You Read Enough?

Linda Sue Park shared a wealth of knowledge at the SCBWI Downstate Craft Retreat, everything from basic writing concepts to her own personal revision methods. Among all that awesome practical advice, the comment that most stuck with me was an … Continue reading

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Set The Scene

I came home from the SCBWI Downstate Craft Retreat inspired and ready to write!  Linda Sue Park was of course amazing, but more on that next week.  First I wanted to chat about the lovely Julia Durango, our Friday evening … Continue reading

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Something Resilient

Last Saturday many published and aspiring Children’s book authors made their annual trek into Chicago for SCBWI Prairie’s Writer’s Day. This year’s theme was Something Brilliant This Way Comes, and it did. But not at all in the manner I’d … Continue reading

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One Hour A Day

Last weekend I attended the writing craft seminar Back to School with Claudia Mills.  If she’s ever presenting a workshop in your neighborhood, I’d highly recommend attending.  For starters she’s an industry veteran with over 50 published children’s books over … Continue reading

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SCBWI Summer Conference Wrap-Up

I arrived home from the SCBWI Summer Conference inspired, yet exhausted. And perhaps with a bit of post-conference depression. After spending a week in such a social and supportive writing atmosphere, it can be a let-down to once again fire … Continue reading

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