Category Archives: Writing Tips

“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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Second Career Writer, Part 2: Revising Life, by Kristen C. Strocchia

While my Time Ferrets Anonymous post championed making the most of every moment for moving a writing career forward, there’s something to be said for revising life. While it’s generally a New Year tradition to make positive changes, why not … Continue reading

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Second Career Writer, Part 1: Time Ferrets Anonymous, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Overloaded? Overwhelmed? Voices screaming inside your head demanding to be written while actual voices scream outside your head demanding to be taken care of? I know the feeling. By summer, I fancy myself a full time writer, but the other … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution (and Manuscript Critique Giveaway!) by Virginia Law Manning

Happy New Year, my fellow creators! Ahhh… 2017! A fresh start! There’s no time like the present to take on some new writing and/or illustrating goals! If you’re not already in a critique group, why not join one now? All … Continue reading

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An Interview with Author Christine Kendall on Character and Intuition, by Anna Forrester

Christine Kendall lives and writes in Philadelphia. Her debut middle grade novel, RIDING CHANCE, was released by Scholastic in October, and has been nominated for an NAACP Image Award in the category of ‘Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens.  “Troy is a kid with a passion. And dreams. … Continue reading

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Teaching to Learn Craft, by Kristen C. Strocchia

If we’re going to discuss craft, then we need to honestly look in the tool box. What do you see? Words, yes. But what do you notice about those words? Well, if you’re a language teacher like I am, you’ll … Continue reading

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Fall Philly Presentation: How to Improve Your Writing With Word Play, by Elizabeth Kann

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Following my presentation How to Improve Your Writing With Word Play at the SCBWI Fall Philly Conference in Philadelphia, many people … Continue reading

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Upcoming Writing Events and Opportunities by Kim Briggs

Hi everyone! Happy Spring! As you know, we love sharing Eastern PA SCBWI writing news and events, so be sure to send us an email if you have any news you’d like to share (this includes agent/editor signings, book announcements, … Continue reading

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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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