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Spring Spirit 2018—Takeaways from Three Attendees

complied by Becky Levine and Kristi Wright This year’s Spring Spirit–a one-day SCBWI conference sponsored by the California: North/Central Region–was, as usual, a wonderful day. There is always so much energy in the air. People are excited to attend the sessions, but they’re also greeting old friends and making new ones. Going to writing conferences […]

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We’re off for a couple weeks, as we find rejuvenation in sand and sea, on streets and in bookshops, in stepping away from the everyday. Look for new posts at the end of April! How do you relax and refresh? What kind of break gives you the energy to return to your creative work with […]

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compiled by Kristi Wright In early March, many of us migrate like butterflies to our regional SCBWI conference at Asilomar conference center near Monterey, CA. This conference never fails to deliver inspiration, craft insights, and best of all, friendship and community. Every year, we are convinced that this year was the best year ever, and […]

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craft review by Laurel Holman I’ve got four completely different drafts of my current work-in-progress, a middle grade novel. I keep trying to “fix it,” and each time I embark on a new draft I come up with new solutions that take the characters and plot in wholly new directions. Even after exploring the story […]

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compiled by Kristi Wright In October, many of our members attended the SCBWI San Francisco North/East Bay Oktoberfest Conference. We came away filled with inspiration. We’ve compiled some nuggets from the conference that we hope will inspire you in your own writing! Regarding our readers, Martha Brockenbrough and Clelia Gore said, “People read books again […]

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Not enough time to read about craft? You can listen about craft! A few of our members are avid podcast listeners and have a number of writing podcasts they listen to. Others of us are interested to find great listening material that will help us grow as writers. So we’ve compiled a list of great […]

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interview by Beth Mitchell Book coach Jennie Nash, Middle Grade writer Abby Mathews, and dystopian sci-fi writer Melanie Parish host a new variety-style podcast called Mom Writes. At MG Lunch Break, we’re always excited to share resources that can help us in our middle grade writing journeys, so we’re delighted that Abby agreed to stop […]

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compiled by Kristi Wright In August, many of our members attended our regional SCBWI Agents Day in the San Francisco Bay Area. We came away with many ideas about craft and nuggets wisdom. We’ve compiled some of our insights from the conference for you here. We hope they inspire you in your own writing! From […]

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We writers write and read all year round. Even when we’re taking a break from everyday life. What’s better than a beach vacation with a good book? Or sitting on a porch in the mountains with a notebook in hand? But we all need a break sometimes, even from writing. I took a three-week vacation […]

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We’re pleased to welcome Kate O’Shaughnessy to the blog! Kate, a member of our in-person Lunch Break, has completed two middle grade manuscripts and has work with a freelance editor on both. She was kind enough to answer our questions about the why, the what, and the how of working with a freelance editor. Kate […]

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