Author Archives: EasternPennPoints

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

In the coming weeks, Lindsay and Lori Ann will be sharing their favorite posts from the past. This post originally appeared in March 2015. Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the … Continue reading

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Last Writer Standing, by Lindsay Bandy

In the coming weeks, Lindsay and Lori Ann will be sharing some of their favorite past blog posts. This post by Lindsay originally appeared on the blog in August 2015. What does late-night comedy writing have in common with writing for kids … Continue reading

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Spring Call for Blog Submissions: We Want Your Posts! by Lori Ann Palma

It’s been a while since Lindsay and I put out a call for blog submissions, and now that we’re already into spring and summer is on the horizon, it feels like a good time to remind our readers that we’re … Continue reading

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Practical Advice: Getting Beyond the Middle of a Draft, by Lori Ann Palma

In my past blog posts for Eastern Penn Points, I’ve talked about fear as an obstacle to writing, and while this struggle is still high on the list of creative troubles, it isn’t the only concern. After attending the recent … Continue reading

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Pocono Recap and New Logo Reveal! by Lindsay Bandy

The return to real life after the Pocono Retreat (laundry, sibling squabbles, HVAC repairs, oh my!) is always a tough one, and this year has been no exception. Now that I’m home and my children are back onto their normal … Continue reading

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What Being a Writer Has Taught Me So Far…Or How to Become a Circus Performer, by Lori Ann Palma

I started writing seriously about ten years ago. And I use the word “seriously” to define the time I really attempted to begin a novel versus the twelve-year-old me who thought writing a book would be cool, but promptly gave … Continue reading

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A Chat with Cynthia Kreilick About “Publishing Local” and Morning Circle Media, by Anna Forrester

There are so many ways to get your stories out to readers – from self-publishing to publishing with one of “The Big Five,” to everything in between. This spring I had the pleasure of meeting Cynthia Kreilick, who writes picture … Continue reading

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“A Method for the Madness” & Silent Auction Announcement, by Virginia Law Manning, EPA Critique Group Organizer

I’ve read it takes the average author 10 years to get their first book published. TEN years. But, one thing I’ve learned is that you can’t rush it. You have to do your homework. While there are no short cuts, … Continue reading

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Dealing with Doubt: A List of Writerly Reassurance, by Jeanne M. Curtin

I was sitting at my desk, ready to write, when an unwelcome visitor, Doubt, barged in. The longer Doubt stays, the bigger and louder that visitor grows. So, I managed to push Doubt out the door by coming up with this list of Writer Club clues. A … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Senior Editor and Author Orli Zuravicky, by Lindsay Bandy

Orli Zuravicky is a senior editor at Scholastic, and she has written and edited over a hundred books for children. She’s about to add “2017 Pocono Retreat Faculty Member” to her long list of accomplishments! Here she is with a … Continue reading

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