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4 10, 2017

Natl Book Award Shortlist 2017

By | 2017-10-04T15:07:18+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Inklings|0 Comments

The National Book Award shortlist in Young People’s Literature has been announced (chuffed to see VCFA WCYA represented twice!): American Street, by Ibi Zoboi Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, by Rita Williams-Garcia Far from the Tree, by Robin Benway I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika L. Sánchez What Girls Are Made Of, by Elana K. Arnold PS. The links take you to the

3 10, 2017

YA Scavenger Hunt

By | 2017-10-04T14:46:04+00:00 October 3rd, 2017|Inklings|10 Comments

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue

28 09, 2017

Sticky Note Plot Visuals

By | 2017-09-28T15:34:58+00:00 September 28th, 2017|Craft, Plotcasters|0 Comments

(cross-posted from There was a request on the Plotcasters twitter feed about what the sticky note plot looks like when it's on the wall and why the colored stickies are important. Great question! It's difficult to visualize a physical process just from an auditory podcast, so our team has decided to do some short videos to support the

1 09, 2017

Plotcasters Podcast: Craft Notes & Story Structure

By | 2018-04-21T22:48:38+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Plotcasters|0 Comments

I'm excited (and terrified) to announce a new podcast – Plotcasters – in which I to share craft notes, lessons on plot structure, and eventually, interviews with fellow writers. Three episodes are posted (3-Act Structure, Sticky Note Plotting Part, & Stick Note Plotting Part B). Feedback so far is been great (and terrifying), and I hope the podcast will be

31 08, 2017

UNCANNY Launch & My Dragon*Con Schedule

By | 2017-08-31T14:50:45+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Events|0 Comments

UNCANNY launches Sept 5! Yay! To celebrate, I'll be at Dragon*Con 2017 along with 10,000 other geeks and nerds, speaking on the panels below. Drop by and say hi (there will be a few hardcopies of UNCANNY for sale and signing, as well). (Amazon lists UNCANNY as science fiction: it's straight up horror) Title: The Morality Spectrum: From Heroes to Villains

31 08, 2017

Plotcasters Episode 3 Sticky Note Plotting B

By | 2018-04-21T22:49:16+00:00 August 31st, 2017|Plotcasters|0 Comments Episode 3: Sticky Note Plotting Process (Part B) The Sticky Note Plot is a craft process for creating a story structure with character, setting, and action. In this podcast, David Macinnis Gill teels you about the importance of: Vivid settings Having a strong antagonist Identifying key scenes Music: One Minute Surf Boogie by texasradiofish (c) copyright 2016 Licensed under