By Jenny Meyerhoff
Make a Scene: Crafting a Powerful Story One Scene at a Time
By Jordan E. Rosenfeld
(Writer’s Digest Books, 2008)
There are many skills, tools, and techniques involved in writing a novel, and often it can seem impossible to master them all. But if I had to choose one thing to perfect, it would be the ability
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By Carol Coven Grannick
I usually know when I’m on the wrong track with something. For me, “The Wrong Track” (TWT) has a few recognizable characteristics:
I can’t do what I am trying to do, or any progress feels like pulling teeth.
My heart and stomach are twisting into one another, one (stomach) disinterested in sustenance, and the other
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By Lynn B. Sanders
Ever think about turning your story into a musical? If you’ve created an engaging story, perhaps it’s time to bring it to life onstage!
I’m happy to share my own creative journey with you about creating a kid’s musical, A Whooper’s Tale: The Incredible Story of Tex. Where do I begin? Let’s start at
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By Brenda A. Ferber
Starting Off on the Right Foot
By Kristin Cashore
Have you read Graceling yet? If not, run, do not walk, to your nearest bookstore or library and read this spellbinding story. Even if you don’t like fantasy (I normally don’t), you will love this book. Maybe because it’s not just a fantasy. It’s also
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Compiled by Michelle Sussman
Author and Illustrator Appearances:
Can’t-miss 2010 events at Anderson’s Bookshop (AB):
Feb 13: Gary Paulsen, author of Woods Runner; 2:00 p.m., AB Naperville.
Feb 25: Mo Willems, author of Cat the Cat, Who Is That? and Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly!; 7:00 p.m., off-site location TBA.
Note: Information subject to change; some events require
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Compiled by June Sengpiehl
Classes, conferences, and workshops provide opportunities for professional contacts, manuscript critiques, networking, and fellowship. Many an unpublished manuscript has been refocused, redefined, rewritten, and published after its author attended a class or workshop. Aside from the listings below, visit http://scbwi-illinois.org/Networks.html for events offered by SCBWI-Illinois Networks throughout the state.
***CLASSES IN ILLINOIS (roughly by starting date)***
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By Sallie Wolf
On October 17, 2009, Robin Hoffman spoke to our SCBWI Chapter at the Center for Learning Through Children’s Books, part of National Lewis University in Skokie, Illinois. The topic was Scholastic Book Fairs, a company Robin has worked at for many years. She is now on the national committee that selects the books.
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Wondering what makes books get noticed? Wondering which books to read next? Come hear Jan Dundon, children’s book buyer and seller for Anderson’s Bookshop, and Mary Harris Russell, reviewer of children’s books for the Chicago Tribune, as they discuss the latest releases in children’s literature. Find out which books they love, what hooked them, and why.
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Greetings to all, and to all, the most hopeful and bright New Year!
Why do we humans make New Year’s resolutions? For lots of reasons, I suppose. But I think nearly all of them could be summed up by saying we want to experience growth and change. And of course, in our work, we do grow and
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Would you like to connect with your writing peers and industry professionals? Give and receive feedback on works in progress? Revitalize your creative spirit? Then consider attending this summer’s Words in the Woods retreat, with its new format and new location!
The faculty includes Kathi Appelt (author of Newbery Honor book The Underneath), Caitlyn Dlouhy (executive editor
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