Teaching Writing

Fan Fiction – It’s fun AND it’s on the state test

One of the most popular demo lessons I do in schools is about writing Fan Fiction. I first learned about Fan Fiction twenty years ago at the state Gifted Ed conference from a woman who wrote Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman fics. For the past few years I’ve been offering Fan Fiction as a choice, but fewer than a quarter of the students I work with request it.  And then I started reading released items Read more […]

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Narrative Non-fiction

For a while now, I’ve become increasingly interested in historical mysteries, beyond the alleged Roswell crash in 1947. The History Channel created a page-a-day calendar with a new unknown or puzzling historical mystery for each day. I’ve been saving the ones I find most interesting for story ideas. For Hanukkah, my aunt gave me The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote by Eileen Weiss Read more […]

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NaNoWriMo 2019

This year my goal for NaNo is to add 30K more words to my current WIP. Why not 50K? Even though I’m writing faster each year, 1100-1400 words/day is usually my average. Before I tried the National Novel Writing Month though, 300 words/day was my average (which is why, among other reasons, it took me 2 years to finish my first novel). Again this year, I’m working with two 8th grade classes as Read more […]

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