Category Archives: readers

Insights from warm, witty & wise best-selling author Jess Walter

  A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting best-selling author Jess Walter when he came to give a reading at Purdue through our Visiting Writers Series. I was part of a group of MFA students who got … Continue reading

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Interview with YA author Melissa Conway

Today I am honored to feature Melissa Conway on the blog! She is the author of four young adult ebooks, the latest of which, Xenofreak Nation, she’ll be discussing here today. Melissa is the founder of the book review site … Continue reading

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Interview with Daniel Williams

Today we continue our Dancing With The Pen blog tour with an interview with young writer Daniel Williams. Daniel is an eighteen-year-old 12th grader from Fort Wayne, Indiana. In addition to writing, his hobbies include reading, dancing, singing, and riding … Continue reading

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Ten Rules to Keep in Mind When Writing for Teens

1. Spend time with teens. Volunteer at a high school. People-watch at the mall. Ask questions. Build relationships. 2. Read YA lit. Some of my favorite authors: Ellen Hopkins, Sarah Dessen, Laurie Stolarz, Joan Bauer, Mike Lupica, Ann Brashares, Libba … Continue reading

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Interview with "Ella Enchanted" author Gail Carson Levine for

Newbery Award winning author, Gail Carson Levine, talked to about her experiences as a young adult novelist and shared advice for aspiring writers. As well as penning Ella Enchanted, Fairest, Dave at Night, The Wish, The Two Princesses of … Continue reading

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Neat Writing Site

Who says writing is a solitary profession? The people at “WeBook” think writing can — and should — be a fun, collaborative endeavor. The site features forums for writers to receive feedback on their work, avenues for readers to critique … Continue reading

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