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 on: December 03, 2014, 01:42:39 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
What I'm going to do with topics for 2015 is NOT have a poll. Instead, all the topics suggested in December on this thread will go into a hat. I'll pull them one at a time and slot them into a month in order of how they are pulled. So first out of the hat becomes January and second is February and so forth. Then I'll post the schedule for as many topics as we have suggested.

 on: December 03, 2014, 01:29:41 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Okami
We definitely should do more.

A topic we haven't fully covered yet is working through burnout.

We touched on this in parts regarding revision and rejection, but what I and imagine many here struggle with, is finding solutions that work for them and where they are right now, and that's kind of what I tried to express (and frankly didn't do well) when I try to start a dialogue about this.

Another topic is how build a side job (also called "bridge job") while your author career grows however it grows, and while many in our community have families with a child or children UNDER 18, or kids 18+ with thousands in student loan debt, and/or aging parents (or parental figures) to care for, some of us like myself don't have any of the above, or we're not yet able to financially assist, so if we do this topic next year I'd like to keep this in mind. Roll Eyes Wink

 on: December 02, 2014, 06:49:17 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jojocookie
What is voice?

What is style?

 on: December 01, 2014, 01:11:26 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by Beth Consugar
Makig time in a busy schedule  (for thos of us who work full-time doing something other than writing)

Choosing a project when your head is full of ideas!

 on: December 01, 2014, 12:56:35 PM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
If you want to continue themed discussions in 2015, let me know here. And feel free to mention any topics you'd like to cover.

 on: November 27, 2014, 08:33:25 AM 
Started by jfields - Last post by jfields
Children's Writers eNews
November 27, 2014
"The Write Words to Read"
The Institute of Children's Literature
Editor: Jan Fields --

"Resistance and change often begin in art, and very often our art, the art of words."
-- Ursula LeGuin
1. News
2. Online in Rx
3. At the Writer's Retreat
4. What's New at Kristi's?
5. Market
6. Cool Site
7. Essay
8. Good News
1. To our US readers: Happy Thanksgiving!
2. In the Rx
Article Writing
Renee Heiss helps us understand more about short nonfiction -- one of the best ways of breaking into publication.
3. Are You On The Writer's Retreat?
Come and check out the November discussion on writing proposals and synopsis.

And for all visitors whether registered or not, you'll find plenty of helpful information: get help for student lessons. Learn to build solid plots. Share your ups and downs with fellow writers. It's all there.
4. What's New at Kristi's?

Friday, Nov. 21: "Lions, and Tigers, and Bears...oh my!"
Deadlines, and funerals, and a computer virus...oh my! It was one of those weeks! Sometimes, when overwhelmed, you have to choose between writing and quite a few other good (but less necessary) things. This is one of those times.

5. Highland Press Publishing
Kathy Temean shares about a new inspirational and family line.
6. 6 Ingredients to Make Your Story Great
Elizabeth Law shares from a seminar on Story by Robert McKee.
7. How do I judge reader age?

Stories and articles for very young children…

___ are read to the child, not by the child.

___ use concrete language and avoid abstract concepts.

___ focus on family situations and the challenges of being small. (fiction)

___ may include talking animal stories where the animal is a “stand-in” for the reader.

___ may mix information with fiction to gently inform while entertaining.

___ depend heavily on illustrations to help tell stories.

___ use nonfiction that is photo driven.

Stories and articles for young readers…

___ use short sentences without complex clauses -- average sentence length rarely exceeds reader age. (Thus, a manuscript targeting 7 year olds would average 7 words or less per sentence.)

___ introduce complex words in context to facilitate young reader understanding.

___ focus on family situations and school. (fiction)

___ include talking animals only in folktales and humorous stories.

___ rarely mix fiction and nonfiction -- information is usually presented in article form.

___ use short paragraphs and fact bites rather than narrative nonfiction.

Stories and articles for intermediate readers…

___ can include both concrete and abstract concepts.

___ often explore personal values. (fiction)

___ feed a voracious appetite for interesting knowledge. (nonfiction)

Stories and article for teens…

___ are often personal experience (nonfiction) or written in first-person (fiction).

___ feature teens (both fiction and nonfiction).

___ often explore personal ethics and society values.

___ are application oriented (nonfiction) rather than knowledge for knowledge sake.

8. Good News

Laura Thomas: My article on koalas, “Jelly Bean Joey” was published in the October edition of Guardian Angel Kids, and  I published Fairy Wings, my first interactive picture ebook on Kindle in November. 2014!

Carol Douglas: My picture book, 'Snapdragon" is available from Guardian Angel Publishing. It is a rhyming tale of a tiny dragon who learns the truth about anger and its consequences.

Cheryl-Anne Iacobellis: A story I wrote "Our New Years Eve Tradition" was published in Chicken Soup for the Soul, Christmas In Canada which came out October 2014.

Susan Sundwall: Through Create Space I’ve published two Christmas plays for older children. The book is titled “The Very First Noel & Silent Night at Last,” and is available on Amazon.  I’ve also had six of my submissions to Schoolwide accepted for their new Digital Library that serves school children throughout the country.

Peggy Sheridan: Three pieces of success from my Institute writing! "Summers with Miggs Were an Adventure," an adaptation of my initial application essay for the Institute, was published in in the spring edition of a regional magazine,"Grace."  "Kitty," an editing of an assignment in a course with Kathleen Muldoon, was published in the March/April edition of Humpty Dumpty. And "Aengus and the Swan," a rewrite of an assignment with Andrea Vlahakis, will be published in the January 2015 edition of Skipping Stones.

What's Your Good News? Send to -- be sure to put "good news" in the subject line since I get a lot of book announcements due to the review work I do. So I don't want your good news to slip through the cracks.

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 on: November 26, 2014, 08:14:50 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Thank you, Jan! Of course, that means I'll actually have to write the story first and get over the fear of trying something else completely out of my comfort zone.  Grin

 on: November 25, 2014, 09:38:04 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
If you decide to do a nonfiction proposal and need someone to look it over, just email me. I've done a few in my time Smiley

 on: November 25, 2014, 08:13:41 AM 
Started by judyr - Last post by judyr
Thanks, Jan. I'll eventually get the courage to try nonfiction... probably not today, but eventually.

 on: November 24, 2014, 06:22:09 PM 
Started by judyr - Last post by jfields
When I've pitched nonfiction, if it's narrative nonfiction that tells a story, then you can do it a lot like you do fiction -- but if it's informational nonfiction or you basically explain what you will cover, what the reader will get out of it (and...if possible,  mention how it will connect with school curricula).

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