Monthly Archives: July 2012

Teachers Write 7/31 Tuesday Quick-Write

Good morning! Today’s Quick-Write is courtesy of guest author Lisa Schroeder. She’s the author of five young adult novels including THE DAY BEFORE and the upcoming FALLING FOR YOU, all with Simon Pulse. She’s also the author of the middle grade novels IT’S RAINING CUPCAKES, SPRINKLES AND SECRETS and the upcoming FROSTING AND FRIENDSHIP (Aladdin). […]

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65 Off-Draft Writing Prompts to Kick-Start Revision

Revising a book — or any piece of writing — can be messy work. The word REVISION breaks down into re-vision…or seeing again. And in order to see something again, in a new way, we have to look away from it for a little while first.  Sometimes, the very best ideas for revising a piece […]

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Teachers Write 7/30 Mini-Lesson Monday

Good morning & happy Monday! First, let’s announce the winner of OLIVIA BEAN, TRIVIA QUEEN from last week…and that’s Carol Osler! Please email me (kmessner at kate messner dot   com) and I’ll forward your name and address to Donna Gephart so she can send out your book. On to Mini-Lesson Monday now… Next week, we’re […]

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Teachers Write! 7/27 – Friday Writing Happy Hour

So how’s it going this week? Friday Writing Happy Hour is a chance to relax and share comments about our progress, goals, accomplishments, and whatever else is on your mind.  And if you’d like feedback on a snippet of writing, head on over to Gae Polisner’s blog for Friday Feedback, where you can share a […]

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Teachers Write 7/25 Thursday Quick-Write

Today’s Thursday Quick-Write is courtesy of guest author Lynne Kelly, whose debut novel CHAINED was published this spring from Farrar, Straus, & Giroux/Margaret Ferguson Books. Learn more at her website: Before my manuscript of CHAINED was submitted to editors, my agent Joanna Volpe asked me to do some revisions. After a while, many of […]

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Teachers Write! 7/25 – Q and A Wednesday

Wednesday is Q and A Day at Teachers Write! Virtual Summer Writing Camp, so if you have questions about writing, ask away! Authors are always welcome to drop by and answer questions (you never quite know who you’ll run into here!) But today’s official author volunteers are Diane Zahler, Jaclyn Dolamore, D. Dina Friedman, and […]

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Teachers Write 7/24 Tuesday Quick-Write

We’ve spent a lot of time this summer talking about getting your work-in-progress moving — developing characters and painting settings and plotting tightly crafted plots.  And I’ve answered a handful of questions about genre: “If I’m working on a story about xyz, do you think it would be best as a picture book or a […]

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Teachers Write 7/23 Mini-Lesson Monday

First, congratulations to Kristen Kilpatrick! You’ve won a copy of A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY from Danette Haworth. Please email me your mailing address at kmessner at kate messner dot com so that Danette can get your book in the mail. It’s a double-dose Mini-Lesson Monday on Teachers Write today, with guest authors Karen Day […]

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Teachers Write! 7/20 – Friday Writing Happy Hour

Happy Friday, all! Today’s book giveaway is Danette Haworth’s A WHOLE LOT OF LUCKY, which I really, really loved. It’s about a girl whose family wins the lottery, one of those pitch-perfect books for middle school kids. If you leave a comment on today’s post before 11:30 EST Saturday night, you’ll be entered to win […]

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Teachers Write – About Copyright & Sharing Content

Hi, everybody! I’ve gotten some emails & requests lately from people who are excited about Teachers Write (which is great!) and want to share the content with the whole entire world (which can be great or not-so-great, depending on how you do it.) Here’s the thing… Material posted on blogs is protected under copyright.  Copying […]

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