Book Giveaway – Leaving Kent State

In her book LEAVING KENT STATE, debut author Sabrina Fedel, brings to life America’s political and social turmoil as it ushered in the new decade of the 1970s. She is giving away a sign copy.…

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The 2017 Minnesota Writing Workshop: February 11, 2017

After a successful 2014 event in Minnesota, Writing Day Workshops is excited to announce The 2017 Minnesota Writing Workshop — a full-day “How to Get Published” writing event in S…

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An Amazing Author

Come on over the GROG Blog today to read about a book recommendation on the craft of writing.

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Book Giveaway – Writing Irresistible Kidlit

It’s been three years since freelance editor and former literary agent Mary Kole published WRITING IRRESISTIBLE KIDLIT, to help author’s improve their writing skills. I added it to my l…

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Goodreads: Final Round Voting

Final round voting ends on November 27th. Hope you take a minute to vote. Talk tomorrow, Kathy

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Guest Post Regarding Writing: Editor Cheryl Klein & The Magic Words

Cheryl Klein is the executive editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic, where she edits and publishes books for children, teenagers, and discerning adults. She is my guest today on The Blabbermo…

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The Books

Find a gallery of picture books releasing in 2017.

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Middle Grade Books Serve As Windows and Mirrors by Shannon Hitchcock

I first thought about Middle Grade books as windows and mirrors when listening to Grace Lin’s TED Talk, “The Windows and Mirrors of Your Child’s Bookshelf.” Grace says kids need to see themselves i…

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August 2016 Contest Roundup

There’s quite a variety of contests coming up within the next couple of months and beyond. In this month’s Roundup you’ll find pitch opportunities, short story competitions, and m…

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10 Mentor Texts to Lift the Level of Students’ Narrative Writing by Stacey Shubitz

As an educator, I’ve come to believe it’s important to know a small collection of books intimately.  Not only does this make sense financially, but having a handful of mentor texts you know well al…

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