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New Literary Agent Alert: Natalie Grazian of Martin Literary & Media Management

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Natalie Grazian at Martin Literary & Media Management) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list....

4 Essential Steps to Making Your Protagonist Real, Even When They’re Nothing Like You

Writing your protagonist always requires deep thought and consideration, but crafting believable, realistic protagonists who are nothing like you presents unique challenges. Author Donna Levin offers four essential tips to help you work thr...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 19

For today’s prompt, write a poem that uses at least 3 of the following 6 words: con, flush, oxymoron, pass, rub, toxic. Of course, ambitious poets will try to use all 6 words. And of course, there may be one or two poets who see 6 words a...

Fiction vs. Non-fiction – A Canva Infographic

This morning I was browsing through Canva’s gallery of free design templates looking for one to use for an upcoming course that I’m teaching. That’s when I stumbled into a this Fiction vs. Non-Fiction infographic template....

5 Free Thanksgiving Lesson Plans You Can Use This Week

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. If you’re an elementary school teacher who has school this week, Storyboard That has five free Thanksgiving lesson plans that you can use. As you might expect, all of the Thanksgiving lesson plans...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 18

For today’s prompt, pick a child’s toy, make that the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. It’s time to break out those dolls, action figures, building blocks, and board games and play with our words. ***** Master Poetic For...

The Pen Is Mightier (Than the Word Processor)

21st-century writing technology has undoubtedly made writing more convenient—but is it actually holding us back? One writer investigates. I’m an analog girl in a digital world. I like old things and old style. I used a rotary-dial phone...

2018 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 17

For today’s prompt, write a broken poem. There are so many things that can be broken: dishwashers, chairs, and chairs. People break records, bad (and good) habits, and spirits (sometimes their own). Heck, writing a poem is an act of break...

17 Lessons in Teaching History With Technology

This coming Monday evening (7pm ET) I am hosting Teaching History With Technology on PracticalEdTech.com. This course meets five times (once per week). There are seventeen concepts that are covered in the course. Each concept can be applied...

Guests, Snow, and Feedback – The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we’ve had two small snowstorms this week. They haven’t been big snowfalls, but they have produced enough snow that all the leaves I didn’t rake won’t be discovered again until spring. On...

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