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Five Encouraging Celebrations on the Path to Publication by Kristen C. Strocchia

Becoming a published author isn’t for the easily discouraged. There will be many pitfalls along the way, but each lined with a hidden encouragement if you know where to look. The summer of 2012, I realized that I just had … Continue reading

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Giving Thanks That All are Welcome, by Jeanne M. Curtin

Strictly No Elephants, written by Lisa Mantchev and illustrated by Taeeun Yoo, is a poignant story about friendship and fitting in. A boy and his pet elephant are off to the Pet Club. But when they arrive, they find a “Strictly No Elephants” sign hanging … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Kim Briggs—Winner of the SCBWI Regional Advisor Marketing Grant!

Around the world, SCBWI chapters are helmed by hard-working Regional Advisors who act as superheroes for their SCBWI community, tirelessly organizing and leading events that bring members together. To honor the incredible dedication of these amazing volunteers, the SCBWI sets … Continue reading

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Fall Philly Recap, Exciting Chapter News, and Call for Blog Submissions by Lori Ann Palma

Happy November! As you put away your costumes and recover from your Halloween celebrations, the Eastern PA SCBWI team is gearing up for some exciting changes. Before I dive into those details, I want to start with a big thank … Continue reading

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#MGGetsReal in August

One of our Eastern PA authors – Shannon Wiersbitzky – is participating in #MGGetsReal, where several middle grade novels that share a common thread will be highlighted. The common thread for #MGGetsReal? Each of the books tackles a tough topic … Continue reading

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Writing Seasonal Picture Books, by Gayle C. Krause

It’s ROCK STAR SANTA season. Everyone loves holiday picture books, right? Well, almost right. Teachers love them because they can be incorporated into their curriculum before the specific holiday, especially in childcare centers and nursery schools. In fact, ROCK STAR … Continue reading

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Celebrate Words Like a Poet, by Lindsay Bandy

Whale. Palm tree. Intestines. Roses. That was the dude’s poem. Seriously. When a visiting “modern poet” came to my Creative Writing class and read his stream-of-consciousness poetry aloud, most of us were dumbfounded. A guy raised his hand and asked … Continue reading

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The Milestone Challenge: Two Steps to Becoming a More Productive Writer, by Lori Ann Palma

 National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) just ended on November 30; this year, there were more than 53,000 participants across the globe. If you haven’t heard of NaNoWriMo, it’s an annual creative writing project that challenges registrants to complete a 50,000 … Continue reading

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In Their Slushy Shoes, by Kristen C. Strocchia

     As school newspaper and literary magazine advisor, I have come to appreciate the many querying tips I’ve heard repeated by countless agents and editors at conferences.  Imagine putting together a middle school publication consisting of 3 sheets of 11”x17” … Continue reading

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What are Your Favorite Spookies? by Lindsay Bandy

Happy almost-Halloween! I’m making a last-minute run for face paint to get  my little ghosties ready for trick-or-treat tonight, and my mouth is watering thinking about the chocolate-peanut butter combos that will be mine when the moon is high. My … Continue reading

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