CraftCurrent IssueWinter 2012Writing Tips

Unstick Yourself

By M. Molly Backes

If you’re reading this article, you’re probably doing everything right. You’re a member of SCBWI, and you actively work to build your network of fellow writers. You’re a student of storycraft. You spend a lot of time thinking about structure and plot and characterization and how to hook your reader. Your bookshelves are

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CraftCurrent IssueWinter 2012book look

Darren Shan’s Cirque du Freak Series: A Racing Read for Reluctant Readers

By Jodell Sadler

When we write a series for reluctant readers, we children’s writers must aim for a story that opens with immediacy, provides horrid fun, and exudes movement and excitement book after book, page after page. When we aim to write the ideal boy book series for middle-grade readers, we might study the genius of one

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CraftCurrent IssueWinter 2012Writer's Bookshelf

Writing with Joy

By Juliet C. Bond

Joy Cowley was born on a chicken farm in Levin, New Zealand, at 6:00 p.m. on August 7, 1936. This sounds like the beginning to a great story, because it is! Like her own life story, Joy’s prose weaves together tantalizing tales with a hint of whimsy and a dash of wacky.

But

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Current IssueFood for ThoughtHappeningsWinter 2012

Alternative Publishing Options

By Sallie Wolf

On December 3 a wonderful conversation took place among SCBWI members who are interested in exploring alternative publishing options, such as namelos, Create Space, and print on demand.

Genevieve Ching, Norm Cowie, Sheila Welsh, and Carol Saller each have experience with nontraditional publishing as well as traditional. They shared some of their knowledge, and then

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Current IssueGreetingWinter 2012

Breaking Down Barriers, Part One

The season of midwinter throws many barriers in our way. Relearning how to drive safely in snow and sleet . . . Remembering to leave extra time to get pretty much anywhere . . . Finding the perfect pair of boots that are toasty, not too hideous, and tall enough for the worst snowdrift you’re likely

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Current IssueDon't MissWinter 2012

Spring Thaw: SCBWI-IL Proudly Welcomes Dynamic Duo Steve Mooser and Lin Oliver

Mark your calendars, save the date . . . and prepare to be inspired!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL

SCBWI~Illinois is in for a treat this spring! If you haven’t had the opportunity to hear Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser speak at one of the national conventions, now is your chance!

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