Teaching Writing

Getting a book out the door

So that NaNo novel? I finished the first draft of 93K words in 7 months. That might seem like a long time, but it was the fastest I’ve written a novel so far. This month my YA heist novel went through three rounds of revision and then I sent it to beta readers and a freelance editor. What I know now, because patterns, it that early revisions are the grouchiest time in my writing cycle. Read more […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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