Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
- Built on the "I Spy with my little eye" games familiar from driving trips, Micklethwait encourages her young readers to find shapes in 14 famous paintings from artists ranging from Warhol to Matisse. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to look at art in a new way and introduce some of the world's best known talents.
Friday, September 24, 2010
- My selection is Ivan's Great Fall: poetry for Summer and Autumn from great poets and writers of the past, by Vanita Oelschlager with illustrations by Kristin Blackwood.
- Oelschlager tells Ivan's story in poetry which begins and ends with her own work. The rest of the story is told through the voices of many well-known poets -- Dickinson, Stevenson, Sandburg, and Whitman, to name a few. Along with each poem is a short note about the author.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
But let me recommend today's post at Teaching Authors. It's well worth the time and be sure to follow up on the links.
There is an excellent list of resource books provided. As writers we must always continue to perfect our craft.
Special thanks to Carmela Martino for sharing.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
September 19th is Talk Like a Pirate Day so what could be more perfect for Poetry Friday...
"Shiver me timbers,"Harrison's twenty poems in a variety of styles are rich with all the favorite pirate jargon as he sets sail on a voyage to show that a pirate's life wasn't all swashbuckling fun. Floggings and a life ended by the hangman's noose were real possibilities. Written at a sixth-grade level, this is a book designed for older audiences who are interested in pirates and will appreciate the language. The poetry would also be a good choice as a teacher read-aloud introduction to the subject or time period. Harrison completes his book with factual notes.
Friday's Famous First: Can you identity the title and author of this first line? "Laura was washing the dishes one morning when Old Jack, lying in the sunshine on the doorstep, growled to tell her someone was coming."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
20 Tips for Writing Children's Books by award-winning poet and author Pat Mora.
Monday, September 13, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Before you submit, it is time to give that manuscript a final check by asking if every scene, every conversation, every word is essential.
This isn't about how much you love the writing. Ask yourself two questions:
- Does the story need it?
- Do your readers need it?
If the answer is no, cut it. If the answer is yes...
Then ask yourself two more questions.
- Does the story/reader need that information at that exact place in the story?
- Does the story/reader need all that you've written or would less be better?
Monday, September 6, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
For those of you contemplating the step into self-publishing...here's an interview with Eric Hammel at Jane Friedman's There Are No Rules titled - Self-published Authors Should Band Together.
Think it's too late to take up writing? Be inspired! Read this interview with Hugo Cipriani at Writers in Residence. Mr. Cipriani became a published author at the age of 94.