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What's So Great About The Picture Book Summit?

By Carrie Charley Brown

I love going to conferences and have flown across the country to pursue some of the best. When you factor in airfare, hotels, meals, and transportation, it can leave you with a void in your bank account. 290 more words

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Review #3. Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino

I recently ordered a copy of Formatting & Submitting Your Manuscript by Chuck Sambuchino, 3rd Edition. Moira Allen had recommended an outdated version of it in her book  579 more words

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Pain-free Writing and Art

by Joyce Audy Zarins

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Here’s something for writers and illustrators to consider: the painful physical effects of your work. Don’t laugh. I kid you not. 988 more words

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Airplanes, Thrillerfest, Doing what it takes, RWA, and all things Hannibal

Neither Bob or I were planning on attending Thrillerfest this year. My spring and summer are filled with lots of change. My daughter joined the Peace Corps and is now living in Madagascar. 1,083 more words

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How to write and develop a story

Jorge Luis Borges (with his usual irony) in How a Text is Born clearly explains a basic principle of how to write and develop a story: 196 more words

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Common Core for Writers

by Alison Potoma

This week I have been grueling at my computer, writing curriculum maps for Visual Arts Standards grades K-8. When I am done, it will be a 50 page (probably more) document, including standards, content of lessons, skills and objectives, resources and assessments. 764 more words


Formatting Do's & Don'ts

I found a great mass blog directory on blogs about kids books (if you’re interested, you can find it here: http://kidlitosphere.org/bloggers/ ). I looked around a bit to see what the blogs were like. 28 more words

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