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Indie Authors and the Future of Book Production

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Joel Friedlander Self-published authors have ridden to fame and fortune on the wings of two technologies: e-books, and...

5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Ferdinand the Bull

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] By Kerrie Flanagan Munro Leaf’s timeless children’s classic, The Story of Ferdinand, was written on a Sunday afterno...

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How much physical description should a character have

There’s a very good article about this on an awesome website. http://www.springhole.net/writing/describing-your-characters-tips-and-advice.htm For my own thoughts, I think I’m on the springback from the “describe every las...

When Your Memoir Wants To Be A Novel

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or less? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] In our “Breaking In” column in Writer’s Digest magazine, we talk with debut authors—such as Anna Quinn, author o...

Four Things Students Need to Create Book Trailer Videos

This is an update of a blog post that I published about 16 months ago. The concepts are the same, but some of the resources have been updated.  Creating book trailer videos is a great alternative to a traditional written book report as...

Polling Students to Check Understanding

Teachers continually search for ways to increase engagement and comprehension in their classrooms. Audience response systems (ARS)—like clickers, for example—can be one tool for achieving those outcomes. ARS have been shown to increase ...

Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

In the glittery bustle of the holidays, teachers often scramble to fit in last-minute lessons and refocus students dreaming of vacation excitement. It’s worthwhile to pause in the middle of all that excitement to build in reflective momen...

2017 Education Research Highlights

Every year, we hope, researchers gain new insights into what works in the classroom—and what doesn’t. In 2017, a group of scientists made the case for why social and emotional learning is essential in schools. We learned that negative s...

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