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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Scary Stories All Year Round

As nice as patterns and predictability are in teaching, surprises and changes can be fun too. I met a new 6th grade class this month and when they took my survey, Horror came out on top! Immediately, I knew I was going to like this group because I also enjoy scary stories all year round. (You might be wondering if they picked Horror to study first because Halloween decorations are out in full force Read more […]

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My First Thrillerfest

Two days after we returned from New Mexico, I took off for my first Thrillerfest in NYC. I can’t say enough good things about the entire experience – this is my new favorite writers’ conference!    CraftFest takes place for a day and a half before Thrillerfest proper begins. CraftFest sessions are generally taught by a single author, and/or focus on a single topic. It is such a Read more […]

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