Monthly Archives: April 2016

Feeling All the Feels About the Pocono Retreat!! by Dana Kramaroff

After years of writing and observing/stalking SCBWI from afar, I finally joined this past summer and NOW I feel lucky to attend my first Pocono retreat! Let me tell you, I am super ready and can’t wait to connect, learn, … Continue reading

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Food for Stereotypical Thoughts, by Kristen C. Strocchia

    As a language teacher, I really enjoy reading and writing about cultural diversity—across all genres. But while working on my first novel—a YA historical fantasy set in northeastern Africa in the late 1800’s—I became concerned about how to handle … Continue reading

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SCBWI Atlantic Region Crystal Kite Final 6!

Congratulations to all the finalists….and a special high-five to our Eastern PA members who made it to the final round of the SCBWI Atlantic region’s Crystal Kites, including…. Donna Galanti, with Joshua and the Lightning Road  Debut author + illustrator Val Rank … Continue reading

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Costumes Ready? by Lindsay Bandy

In just one week, we will be enjoying the lovely serenity of the Pocono Mountains – and the creativity of our members’ costumes at Friday  night’s costume party! Are you ready? I’m not giving anything away, but I put the … Continue reading

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Diversity Book Club: Novels by Diverse Authors – Part Two, by Lori Ann Palma

  I’m back with part two of my TBR pile of books by diverse authors! In case you missed the first installment featuring authors A-L, you can check it out here   As I previously stated, this list is by … Continue reading

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Dude, That’s Me! by Lindsay Bandy

“We read to know we’re not alone.” Dr. Robert Carballo, one of my English professors in college, made this statement one day in class, and I never forgot it! One of the most important reasons #WeNeedDiverseBooks is so that every kid … Continue reading

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Digging Deeper – Identifying the Core Emotion, by Virginia Law Manning

  Last month my blog post gave the basics of becoming a good critique partner. Now let’s dig deeper by, Identifying the Core Emotion The core emotion, or core motivator, of a story is its heart. It’s the ‘why.’ The … Continue reading

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