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The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

| March 29, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Art of Creating Fictional Worlds | Jaleigh Johnson, “The Mark of the Dragonfly”

“I should start by saying that world building, where I get to create a fictional reality from the ground up, is one of my favorite parts of writing. It’s the foundation of a good story. Of course, you want a plot that keeps readers turning the pages—and amazing, memorable characters as well, but those characters also deserve a fully realized world to play around in.”

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My Writing and Reading Life:
Patricia Hruby Powell

| March 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life:<br />Patricia Hruby Powell

Patricia Hruby Powell danced throughout the Americas and Europe with her dance company, One Plus One, before becoming a writer of children’s books. She is the author of Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker, an extraordinary portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker written in exuberant verse. She lives in Champaign, Illinois. You can visit her online at talesforallages.com.

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Writing Fantasy: An Article by Author & Film Producer Jules Bass

| March 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
Writing Fantasy: An Article by Author & Film Producer Jules Bass

A fairy tale is a story of marvels and magic set in an unreal world in which the events that take place are beyond the realm of possibility.

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A Writing Parody of Royals by Lorde

| February 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Writing Parody of Royals by Lorde

Video Courtesy of Sue Fliess: I did it again! I’ve made another writing parody, this time to Lorde’s #1 hit song, Royals. Mine is called Stories. This is just a parody. No copyright infringement intended.

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Understanding the Power of Picture Books: Cookies with Miss Rumphuis

| February 21, 2014 | 1 Comment
Understanding the Power of Picture Books: Cookies with Miss Rumphuis

With words and images, the best of picture books draw you into to the story. They lead you into new rooms. Once there, you join the community of children gathering around Miss Rumphuis. And while you listen to her “stories of faraway places,” you help yourself to a cookie.

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A Celebration of Award-Winning Children’s Authors

| February 17, 2014 | 0 Comments
A Celebration of Award-Winning Children’s Authors

In this video, authors, along with their friends and family, discuss how being honored for their work made an impact on their lives.

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What Makes a Good Fairy Tale?

| February 10, 2014 | 0 Comments
What Makes a Good Fairy Tale?

Everyone’s taste is different, of course, but my favorite fairy tales are ones that are irreducibly strange. When I was drafting my new novel, The Glass Casket, I kept thinking back to the fairy tales that appealed to me as a child. They were often lesser-known Grimm tales, the ones that had not been sanitized—their strangeness muted by a series of cheerful bowdlerizations.

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Good Book Writing Help in “Wonderbook”

| January 18, 2014 | 0 Comments
Good Book Writing Help in “Wonderbook”

Wonderbook is a how-to resource that seeks to teach people how to write speculative fiction.

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My Writing and Reading Life:
Amanda Lynch

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments
My Writing and Reading Life:<br />Amanda Lynch

Amanda Romine Lynch is a writer and blogger who grew up in Florida. When she isn’t writing about Anabel and Jared or chasing her children around, she blogs about raising her three beautiful boys and attempting to be friendly toward the environment in a world of disposable diapers over at her blog, The Semi-Organic Mom.

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The Art of Creating a Wordless Picture Book

| November 19, 2013 | 3 Comments
The Art of Creating a Wordless Picture Book

Bill Thomson has been called “a master at visual storytelling.” He is the illustrator of several children’s books, including Chalk (Two Lions/Amazon Children’s Publishing, 2010), which received many accolades.

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