Sunday, October 21, 2007


Yesterday (Saturday), I attended a one-day workshop entitled "Encore" sponsored by the New England SCBWI. It was wonderful! I'm inspired, awed, and ready to write!

The first presenter was Mark Peter Hughes - author of Lemonade Mouth and I am the Wallpaper ( His session was on Plotting - he gave us several exercises to work on - I actually have some great ideas for my YA novel based on his session.

The second presenter was John Bell ( - an active member of the NESCBWI and, from his blog, a writer and reader of fantasy literature for children. He is the editor of Oziana, creative magazine of the International Wizard of Oz Club, and an Assistant Regional Advisor in the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. His session focused on puncuation and dialogue tags - and also gave me some great insight into ms formatting.

The last presenter was Sue Burgess, who taught a variety of children's literature courses at Framingham (MA) State College. until her recent retirement. A long-time member of the SCBWI, Sue was designated Member-of-the-year in 1985 for her service as New England RA and critique group leader. For the last 15 years she has been the SCBWI's Work-in-Progress Grant coordinator. Her presentation was about "Voice" - a harder concept to grasp, but I found her to be inspiring and

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