Joanne Levy was on the blog a few months back. Be sure to read this important post. “The good news, and what keeps me hopeful, is that kids are open to learning. If kids can learn how to hate, they can learn how to love. Children want to know about the world and are thirsty for knowledge about people unlike them. They just need access to the tools. And my hope is that, with more books like mine, portraying the modern Jewish experience, we can spotlight and demystify what it means to be Jewish and make it easier to love thy neighbor, especially if that neighbor happens to be Jewish.”
Let’s Talk about Anti-Semitism and The Book of Elsie, a guest post by Joanne Levy :: Teen Librarian Toolbox – A School Library Journal blog
“Explore. Travel on the page. Time travel. You don’t have to write in your own voice. You can write as a plant, animal, superhero, alien…anything is possible on that page. It belongs to you. It is your refuge. Feel free and safe. No one is judging you. (Teachers, please help me make this true.)”
Margarita Engle: Poetry Tips for Tweens :: Avi
Nathan Bransford has done it again. If you write and aren’t following him, remedy that now! “In essence: [Narrative voice is] the storytelling voice. Dialogue gives you a chance to let secondary characters speak for themselves, but the narrative voice is the guide that pulls the reader through the novel and provides all of the information that’s necessary for the reader to understand what’s happening.”
What is the narrative voice? :: Nathan Bransford
A wild ride most authors won’t experience (where everything pretty much perfectly falls into place and there’s enthusiasm galore), but thrilling nonetheless!
How to Get Published: A Book’s Journey From ‘Very Messy’ Draft to Best Seller :: NYT
If you can’t seem to find the time, there’s good stuff here.
How to Read More :: Austin Kleon
“Today, as in most times past, there’s a lot going on in the world, much of it distressing. We could respond by staring with increased intensity into glowing screens, hoping that the resulting numbness outcompetes the anxiety. Or, like Oliver, we could put Whitman in our knapsack, and head outside, slowly, into nature, with our minds as our only companion.”
Whitman in the Knapsack: Mary Oliver and the Power of Walking in Nature :: Cal Newport