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Three Classic Mistakes, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Three Classic Mistakes I was in southern Virginia as the visiting children’s author at a local elementary school. The slide show was over and it was time for questions from the audience. I … Continue reading

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One or the Other, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks One or the Other In any discussions about creativity, there is one overriding myth that refuses to go away. In fact, it is so ingrained in our collective consciousness, that it is blindly … Continue reading

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An Interview with Award-Winning Author Wendelin Van Draanen, by Laura Parnum

Today on the EasternPennPoints blog we are pleased to have award-winning author Wendelin Van Draanen. Wendelin has written more than thirty novels for young readers and teens, including three book series: the Sammy Keyes series, the Shredderman books, and the … Continue reading

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He Said, She Said . . . , by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks He Said, She Said . . . A fourth grader in the rear of the auditorium raised her hand and asked, “What inspires you to write for children?” I thought for a moment … Continue reading

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A Visit with “Mrs. Claiborne’s Ghost,” by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks A Visit with “Mrs. Claiborne’s Ghost” I’m going to begin this month’s column by giving you a homework assignment. I’d like to invite you to read a story—a most compelling story—and then, when you … Continue reading

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Eastern PA SCBWI Webinar Series: The Foundations of Story, with Eric K. Taylor

WEBINAR SERIES The Foundations of Story February 1, February 15, and March 1, 20217:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EST Join us for one or all three! This webinar series is not to be missed for all children’s authors. Monday, February … Continue reading

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The Alien in Your Head, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks The Alien in Your Head Alien. It was one of the scariest creatures in the history of science fiction movies (winning the Academy Award for best visual effects). Released in 1979, this classic … Continue reading

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Writer = Oak, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Writer = Oak “Money grows on the tree of persistence.” —Japanese proverb Two weeks ago, my wife and I journeyed to Pymatuning State Park in northwestern Pennsylvania to spend a week camping amidst … Continue reading

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Passion and Awe, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Passion and Awe I stood on the brink, a palette of colors splayed before me like a surrealistic painting. It was just before 6:00 a.m., and I was alone—lost in a vision unlike … Continue reading

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Refresh Your Creativity, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Refresh Your Creativity Who’s the most creative person in the world? A four-year-old child, of course! Four-year-olds are known for asking an endless array of questions (“Why is the sky blue?” “How do … Continue reading

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