Monthly Archives: September 2012

Teachers Write: Nurturing Creativity

Can you believe it’s almost October?  These first weeks of school are so crazy for teachers that you probably need some ideas for how to regroup and reclaim that summer creativity. Guest author Donna Gephart joins us today with some tips! Now that you’re back to school, it’s vital to feed and nurture your creative […]

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Think Before You Thank: Writers & Acknowledgments

I learned something recently that I thought I’d share…because it saved me from doing something nice that could have turned into something uncomfortable. If you’ve ever finished a novel and gone on to read the acknowledgments pages in the back, you know that authors are frequently thankful to lots of people. We thank our editors […]

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Real Revision: Creating the tools we need

Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I’m not sure who said that (I think Plato gets credit for it sometimes) but I’ve found that the saying is true when it comes to revising a book.  So often, I’ll get to a stage in the revision process when I know I need to try a […]

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Teachers Write: Sometimes, when I write…

Saturday, October 20th is NCTE’s National Day on Writing.  How will you celebrate? It strikes me that this is not only a great excuse to hunker down somewhere with a big mug hot chocolate and notebook or laptop but also an opportunity to share. If you’re a writer at heart, it’s tough to understand how […]

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Thank You, Bear Pond Books!

When Jane Knight at Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vermont asked me if I’d like to be part of an author event especially for teachers and librarians last weekend, I jumped at the chance. Bear Pond is a terrific indie bookstore, teachers and librarians are some of my favorite people, and some of my other […]

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Teachers Write: If Characters Ruled the Land

If you’re new to Teachers Write, you can read all about it here. Then join us for today’s prompt! Even the true political junkies among us need a break from Barack and Mitt now and then, so we’re going to talk a different kind of politics today. I love the Horn Book’s KidLit Election project, […]

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Wells Memorial Library – What a Difference a Year Makes

Last September, after Tropical Storm Irene tore through the Adirondacks, the children’s section of Wells Memorial Library looked like this. The storm sent flood waters surging into the library’s basement and first floor children’s room, and they lost their entire children’s collection.  I took photos and blogged about it here, and I tweeted and Facebooked, […]

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Teachers Write: Baby Steps Back to Writing

So…how have your first days of school been?  Crazy and wonderful, stressful and joyful, and everything in between, I’d be willing to bet. And I’d also bet that you haven’t found too much time for writing amid the seat charts and get-to-know you papers of September.  But let’s see if we can find our way […]

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“What We Have in Common” A poem for election season

I don’t talk politics much here, but if you know me in the real world, you probably know that I have strong opinions. These opinions are not shared by everyone I like or by everyone I love – and that’s okay. I enjoy a good debate. But I feel like election season in the age […]

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