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In December, I started working with a high school student who wanted to write science fiction for his senior project. Last year, I worked with a different high school student who was writing historical romance. [This is in the context of my day job, not a side gig for money.] One of the hardest parts of mentoring students (and also Pitch Wars writers) is the constant need to check my thinking Read more [...]


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is often heralded as the “first” science fiction novel and 2018 marked the 200th anniversary of its publication. Much of the controversy and questions around “can science go too far” first raised in that novel continue today. It was with a lot of excitement that I co-designed with the two teachers a project for an honors sophomore humanities class using Frankenstein Read more [...]

Narrative Nonfiction

Ever since I saw Jeff Anderson present at CCIRA in 2017, I’ve been thinking a lot more about narrative nonfiction and the impact it could have on student writing. The first mentor text I picked up was Bomb: The Race to Build--and Steal-- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin. June 2018 at Denver Comic Con, I moderated a panel about monsters and met Aaron Mahnke, author of Read more [...]
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