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Picture Dictionary and Custom Colors Added to Immersive Reader

Microsoft’s Immersive Reader just might be my favorite accessibility tool. This free add-in for Word, OneNote, Outlook, and Edge enables students to have articles read aloud to them at pace that meets their needs. Additionally, Immers...

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Use of Bold, italic and underline in dialog?

If I’m publishing short-stories to the internet, or in book format with self-publishing, than I’ll have to be my own editor. If I am forced to employ self-publishing, because editors and publishers don’t like the way I wan...

Queen’s Letter: Oneofthesedays

One thing is for sure: stressful times make writers write. And stressful interactions with others can make us write even more. Another word from our President and Queen…written before the Cottonwood Rodeo of last weekend. And before a...

Writers Contest Entry: Stage Craft

Today we present for your entertainment the first entry received for the Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest. Since the contest judges are supposed to be judging the entries without knowing who wrote them, the author’s names will b...

Your Future as a Writer From Isaac Asimov

Where will writers like you be needed and appreciated most as society progresses? Isaac Asimov — bestseller, futurist, and soothsayer — points the way in this essay from the May 1986 issue of Writer’s Digest. By Isaac Asimov Writer’...

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Period appropriate language

Originally Posted by Delirium Hi! I’m wanting to write a fiction set in the dark ages but my biggest challenge is how to undertake the spoken text. Clearly the way they speak is different to how we do now and writing in today’s ...

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how to learn Character Chemistry?

@jannert‘s post pretty much covers all I had to say on the subject. Regardless: People in very close relationships over time tend to develop a particular way of conversing with one another, almost a kind of dialect, radically differen...

Forget a Dream Job, Let’s Talk Dream Company Culture

In university, I majored in Professional Writing. The classes in my major were small, with only about 25-35 students per class. There was lots of group work, so we got to know everyone pretty well. My classmates and professors knew me as a ...

Ten Resources for Teaching and Learning About Pearl Harbor

This week is the 77th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. That wasn’t the first military action of the Japanese during WWII. It’s just the event that finally got the U.S. to join the war. If you’re looking ...

New Accessibility Options in Flipgrid and Other Microsoft Products

This week Microsoft unveiled a slew of new accessibility options for the services that teachers and students use most. One of those features is the inclusion of Immersive Reader in Flipgrid. Immersive Reader is a free service that students ...

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