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My Summer Reading, by Eva Polites

Finally, I have time to read, which means my summer has begun. Ever since I became a reader (third grade), I have enjoyed the freedom of spending my days engrossed in good books. I still love to read and I … Continue reading

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Read This! by Lori Ann Palma

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven   When Theodore Finch first speaks to Violet Markey, a girl he barely knows, it’s on top of their high school bell tower, where they are both contemplating suicide. As they help each … Continue reading

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Killing Off Your Two-Headed Monsters, by Lindsay Bandy

Writing is brave work, especially when it comes to the tricky badlands of your personal business. When a real-life person inspires a fictional character, we sensitive writers are often afraid that the subject of our inspiration will recognize him/herself. We … Continue reading

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A Cafe Chat with Agent Heather Flaherty, by Lindsay Bandy

Pocono is a mere month away! Though the deadline for paid manuscript critiques has passed, there are still spots available for the retreat, the Critique-A-Thon, and First Pages/First Looks! So, if you haven’t registered yet, go ahead. And now, we … Continue reading

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

Most writers will tell you that good fiction is all about the show, not about the tell. Dialogue is one of the most important “showing” tools in a writer’s toolbox, but when it comes to writing exciting and believable dialogue … Continue reading

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Tips to Fuel Your Writing (And Your Stamina)! by Mark Magro

I realized a long time ago that I’m a pretty serious pessimist. While most see this trait as a negative one, I like to think it stems from an innate desire to be prepared. When the ground falls out underneath … Continue reading

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What Teens Love, Hate, and WANT in Literature: A Survey, Part 1 by Lindsay Bandy

As a writer of YA fiction who is, um, not a teenager anymore, I wanted to know firsthand what my readers really want. What keeps their attention? What makes them put a book down? How can I create their next … Continue reading

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