Today's a catching-up sort of day here on the blog:
15-18-year-old writers out there, a chance to apply for a Master Class
in writing, taught by Beth Kephart. From Beth's blog:
"Those who are
selected—in nine disciplines—are eligible for the week-long immersion in
the arts (Miami, early January), for U.S. Presidential Scholar in the
Arts recognition, and for monetary awards." The deadline to apply is
October 19; see Beth's blog post here.
The blog "From the Mixed-Up Files"
is hosting a giveaway for libraries that serve middle-grade readers.
Follow the link to donate books or nominate a library. (Nominations due
I recently blogged at Boylit.com about "Armchair mountaineering."
is now my favorite quote about finding a title for a story: "Titles are
difficult, like wrestling a bear when armed with a pair of pantyhose.
Not easy. You are trying to do too many things at once and nothing at
all." (from Reif Larsen, in an interview at OneStory)
So often I try to find the "perfect title" that encapsulates my whole
story, and it takes me forever to find a title. As Larsen puts it,
"trying to do too many things at once."
Kelly Fineman, poet and author of At the Boardwalk, will be appearing in Belmar, NJ next weekend for boardwalk-themed fun: follow the link for more details!
Finally, I want to share a pretty picture from last night:
photo courtesy of Children's Book World, Haverford, PA
to right: David Levithan, me, Beth Kephart, Ellen Hopkins, Eliot
Schrefer). I was honored to be in such company last night, and energized
by the wonderful crowd at Children's Book World--which
included A.S. King, K. M. Walton, Tiffany Schmidt, Jessica Dimuzio, and
many other book-lovers who helped make our panel discussion a fun and
thoughtful exchange about books and writing. If you ever get the chance
to hear any of these authors speak, or to go to an event organized by
David Levithan, or visit Children's Book World, do so! Beth whisked us
to Spain, Ellen discussed the human costs of war, Eliot showed us
pictures of bonobos and took us to Africa with his prose, David made us
contemplate the connection between our inner and outer lives and what
identity means, and I shared a bit from my novel about recovery from a
suicide attempt. Children's Book World provided an amazing array of
books and refreshments. I can't tell you how exciting it is to be in a
roomful of people all devoted to the world of reading, and how much I
appreciate those who come to these events, and listen, and ask
questions, and share your own stories. Thank you.