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Fred’s Fifth Favour-Part Two

A few stops later, Fred alighted from the bus on a road, by a gate of the local park. His destination the road on the other side, Harry entered the park and set off across the expanse of green via the footpath. As he walked, he hummed amiab...

Balls of Steel: What’s Holding You Back from Becoming a Professional Writer?

The path to being a professional writer can be harder when you become your biggest obstacle. Jeanne Veillette Bowerman dishes out tough-love advice to help you achieve your writing dreams. I had a conversation recently with someone frustrat...

Successful Query Letter Examples: Anna Quinn & ‘The Night Child’

This article is part of a series called Successful Queries. It features actual query letter examples to literary agents that were successful for authors. In addition to the successful query letter, you’ll also see the thoughts from the w...

Script Classics: Writer and Director Douglas McGrath on Adaptation of Dickens’ Nicholas Nickleby

Writer-director Douglas McGrath chats about “shrinking” Dickens’ classic, Nicholas Nickleby, into a Golden Globe nominee. Before my interview with Douglas McGrath, who wrote and directed Nicholas Nickleby, I took a quick look at the p...

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How important is it…

Thanks everyone for your comments. There’s a diverse mix of opinions here, just as I hoped. Sorry, bit of a long post below. I’ve replied to most of you but to those I haven’t it’s just because a reply wasn’t n...

Creating a Dysgraphia-Friendly Classroom

Dysgraphia is a language-based learning difference that affects a student’s ability to produce written language. In the early grades, students with dysgraphia may have difficulty with consistent letter formation, word spacing, punctuation...

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The Sign of Hatred

“Help! Help!” The woman who was signing ran down the landing of her house. The walls on either side of her were blazing from floor to ceiling. Thick smoke obscured everything behind her. She threw her arms around John Stafford a...

For the Love of Writing: 25 Wordsmiths Explain Why They Write

[Can you impress us in 1500 words or fewer? Enter the Short Short Story Competition today! Deadline January 15, 2018] Last month, we called for our readers to share the motivations behind their wondrous words and reasons behind their lov...

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 ...

The Future of Fake News

On an episode of Radiolab recorded earlier this year, host Simon Adler leads us down a fascinating and somewhat terrifying path into the future of fake news, where videos of real people—like a U.S. president—can be made to say fake thin...

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