Love Sharon Draper

February 13, 2010

I always find myself enthralled by Sharon Draper’s books. I can’t stop reading or listening to the stories she shares. Very cool thing is coming up – you can chat with her on Feb. 17 @ 9pm on the  The website has picked Copper Sun by Sharon Draper as their book of the month. Copper Sun is an amazing story of resilience. When Amari’s village in Ghana is destroyed, she is captured and sold as a slave in South Carolina.  She befriends Polly, an indentured servant on the same plantation.  Together they try to make their way to a slave sanctuary in Florida. Check out the book now and join the conversation on


Writer Alert!

October 7, 2009

smallsplatTeen author Beth Kephart is the Author-in-Residence on, so she is doing some cool writing exercises for teen authors. Click here to check out her writing exercise (and contest!). It’s great inspiration!

logoNational Novel Writing Month is coming soon…write 50,000 word novel to celebrate and express your creativity! Quantity, not quality is the goal. Here’s  a little more:

“It is a fun, seat-of-your-pants novel writing event where the challenge is to write an entire novel in just 30 days. That means participants begin writing November 1 and must finish by midnight, November 30. The word-count goal for our adult program is 50,000 words, but our Young Writers Program allows participants who are 17 years old and younger to set reasonable, yet challenging, word-count goals.”

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