Tag Archives: Writing For Children

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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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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Eastern PA Webinar—Focus Your New Year Writing Goals: Books that Transcend, with Melanie Castillo

UPCOMING WEBINAR Focus Your New Year Writing Goals: Books that Transcend Thursday, January 7, 2021 7:00-8:30 p.m. EST Editor and agent wishlists often include books that surprise them and put a fresh twist on something tried and true. But as … Continue reading

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Daydream for Creativity, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks Daydream for Creativity “I was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.” —Steven Wright Go into your memory bank and recall a time in school when you were daydreaming. Perhaps it was during … Continue reading

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Register for the Eight & Under Webinar Series

Eight & Under Webinar Series   Are you a writer for picture books or chapter books for children ages eight and under? Then this webinar series is for you! Many people enjoyed our recent webinar “The Start, The Art, the Hearth … Continue reading

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Writer Beware: The Horizons of Writing Craft, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Since language and culture are living, breathing and actively changing, the literature they produce—and therefore our craft as writers—change with them.  What’s trending now, is not what trended a hundred years ago or what will be trending a hundred years … Continue reading

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A Continuing Education, by Eva Polites

So September’s theme—education—should have been an easy off the cuff post to write. After all I have been in school since I was four. In my forty-five years in the educational system, I shouldn’t be searching for what to write. … Continue reading

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A Few Thoughts on Voice, by Lindsay Bandy

It’s the big thing everyone’s looking for, from Picture Books to Young Adult right now: a standout voice. If characters, plot, and everything else are the bricks, voice is the mortar. But what makes a voice stand out? I think the … Continue reading

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Reining in Picture Book Back Story, by Anna Forrester

 Way too often on a first draft, I lead with back story. It’s a habit I hope to outgrow as my writing matures. But in the meantime, I need strategies to fix it once all that background info is already there, … Continue reading

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