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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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"Working with Small Presses" Presentation


In this blog post, I share some references included in my SCBWI Network Presentation on "Working with Small Presses," the article I wrote for the 2018 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market: 

For articles and sites related to book cover design:

 Resources for finding Small Presses:

Article on Ten Points to Consider When Signing a Book Contract:

  1. Part One: Points 1-5
  2. Part Two: Points 6-10 

My TeachingAuthors interview with Vinspire editor Dawn Carrington  

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