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Carmela's Blog

Turning Life into Fiction Workshop

I'll be presenting a workshop on "Turning Life into Fiction" at two Chicago-area libraries this spring. In addition to
Robin Hemley's writing book of the
same name, I'll be mentioning the
following texts:

Also, one of the exercises in my workshop is based on a Wednesday Writing Workout I posted on our TeachingAuthors blog in this post


If you have any questions about my presentation, feel free to post it as a comment below or email me through my contact page.



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Resources for Great Beginnings Presentation

Below is a list of the resources I shared in my ACFW-Chicago presentation "Great Beginnings: How to Hook Readers and Keep Them Turning the Pages":



  • Beginnings, Middles and Ends by Nancy Kress (Writer's Digest Books)
  • The Writer's Guide to Crafting Stories for Children by Nancy Lamb (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Hooked: Write Fiction that Grabs Readers at Page One and Never Lets Them Go by Les Edgerton (Writer's Digest Books)
  • Your First Page by Peter Selgin (Serving House Books)
  • Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence by Lisa Crons (Ten Speed Press)


Blog posts by former literary agent turned developmental editor
Mary Kole
, author of Writing Irresistible Kidlit (Writer’s Digest Books):

I didn't mention the following articles, but they may also be of help.

If you have any questions about the presentation, you can post them as a comment below or email me via the "Contact" page of this blog.


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Congratulations! Plus SCBWI Network Info

Congratulations to the winner of
the Bag and Swag Giveaway in honor of Women's History Month: Carolyn P. of Pennsylvania.
I'll be getting the prize out to her later this week.


Thursday evening, April 5, I'll be speaking to the SCBWI Chicago Network on the topic of
Working with Small Presses. That presentation will be based on research I did for one of my articles in the 2018 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I plan to share some online resources related to the topic with the attendees. You can find links to those resources here on my website.


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