With this issue the Prairie Wind alters its timetable and its mode of delivery. SCBWI national rules limit distribution of chapter newsletters to members only for the first three months. Hence, the Prairie Wind will be available only in PDF form and only to members for the first three months. Afterward the issue will be available to
By Jen Cullerton Johnson
Chicago was abuzz with reading at the annual 54th International Reading Association (IRA). Educators, editors, writers, illustrators, librarians, and many more converged at McCormick Place from Saturday, April 29, to Wednesday, May 2. The IRA made a bold decision and chose as this year’s theme “Celebrating Teachers: Honoring Effective Literacy in a Changing
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By Susan Bearman
I was a relative latecomer to the Twitter party. Why, as a writer, would I want to limit myself to 140 characters? But after a little exploring, I found Twitter to be a worthwhile tool.
Writers of all genres hang out on Twitter, as well as agents, editors, publishers, reviewers, and booksellers. It’s a great
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By Mary Dunn
It all began at the International Reading Association Convention in 2004 when I sat next to a first-grade teacher at one of the author sessions. She shared her experiences using books with kids and discussed some of her favorites.
“What do you do?” she asked by way of continuing the conversation.
“Write children’s nonfiction books,” I
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By Carol Coven Grannick
If you believe that resilience is necessary to a committed, persistent, nourishing writing life, read on.
If you believe that an optimistic and positive attitude is an always-necessary component of resilience and writing productivity, and have no interest in thinking otherwise, stop here. This column is about the discouragement that freed me. Maybe this
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By Jodell Sadler
Writers have reason to be amazed with Wendelin Van Draanen’s writing in The Running Dream and may want to study it fully. It’s a dream read—simply a fast-paced dream of a read. Any writer interested in moving a story swiftly with daring depth might review this title. This writer knows how to push
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By Paula Morrow
Yes, there are second chances in life. One of my lingering regrets used to be that I missed Prairie Writer’s Day in 2008, when Cheryl Klein was on the faculty. I’ve long admired her as one of the most perceptive editors in contemporary children’s publishing and would have loved to benefit from her knowledge
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By M. Molly Backes
Almost every editor in the world will tell you she’s looking for a manuscript with a strong narrative voice, but creating a rich, complex, and believable character voice is easier said than done. Voice isn’t just the way your character speaks—not just her dialogue or diction or syntax. It’s not just the words
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By Louann Brown
How did Words in the Woods begin?
After Woodstock, a very popular SCBWI weekend conference, ended several years ago, it left a void that one-day conferences could not fill: a large block of reserved time to focus on craft with those who share the same desires and dreams. A weekend retreat provided an environment that
Continue reading Words in the Woods, an SCBWI-IL Tradition, Evolves
By Sallie Wolf
Food For Thought has been simmering on the back stove. Sure enough, two great ideas have emerged, suggested by fellow SCBWI members.
Sheila Glazov ( http://www.sheilaglazov.com/) has suggested a Food For Thought program focusing on supplemental materials for already (or soon to be published) books—teacher’s guides and other supplemental materials. If you have experience creating
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