Monthly Archives: March 2015

Tips on Writing from my Five-Year-Old, by Michele Lombardo

One day, my daughter wanted to know more about the progression of school. Was first grade after kindergarten? Second after first? I took her through each step of the process, from elementary school all the way through graduate school. She … Continue reading

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WORLD BUILDING IN FANTASY FICTION, by Kit Grindstaff

Any of us can probably name a list of literary worlds, fantasy or not, that hooked us and wouldn’t let go. For me, that list includes Hogwarts, Lyra’s England in The Golden Compass, the underground prisons and above-world Tudor-cum-technological world … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat With Agent/Author Ammi-Joan Paquette, by Lindsay Bandy

Today, we have the pleasure of entertaining the first of our wonderful Pocono Retreat faculty members, agent at Erin Murphy Literary Agency, children’s author, and all-around nice lady, Joan Paquette! She’ll be leading a workshop entitled “Choose Your Super Power,” … Continue reading

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Developing Your Protagonist for YA Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

In the YA section of your bookstore or online haven, you’ll find fiction featuring a wide expanse of characters. Sun summoner—check. British secret agent—check. Cyborg. Check. While the majority of today’s YA books feature a teenage protagonist, age is about … Continue reading

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I Dare You to “Lern,” by Lindsay Bandy

My writing notebook was recently hijacked by a 6-year-old. My oldest daughter decided to use it to practice her handwriting. She also gave it a title, which it was, admittedly, lacking. Behold my notebook: This is my project journal, filled … Continue reading

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On Illustration Notes, By Liz Garton Scanlon

Here’s the thing about illustration notes: They are not illegal. They will not get you blackballed in the industry. They will not ensure that your story won’t sell. So what’s the problem? Why the general no-no vibe around authors peppering … Continue reading

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Five Tips for Writing Realistic Dialogue in Young Adult Fiction, by Lori Ann Palma

Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the tell. Dialogue is one of the most important “showing” tools in a writer’s toolbox, but when it comes to writing exciting and believable dialogue … Continue reading

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