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Pitch Wars Showcase

Pitch Wars had a record number of agent requests during the showcase this year! My mentee’s entry can be found here and all the other showcase entries can be found here. Not to brag, but I think Martha. Killed. It. Don’t you want to read her book now? It’s as fun and delicious as it sounds.    In publishing, one must cultivate the skill of Celebrating the Moment. Every step forward Read more […]

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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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