Using Graphic Novels to Enrich and Reach Reluctant Readers

Recently, I had the pleasure of reading the graphic novel adaptation of A Wrinkle In Time. I loved it so much the next day I started reading the original novel. Graphic novels are a great way to encourage reluctant readers through the use of images to support text. They're also a great way to enrich students with a challenging text in a more student-friendly format, allowing for the exploration of deeper topics and more in-depth analysis. True graphic novels are NOT comics. They often have multiple plot lines and complex themes. Many modern favorites, as well as classics, have been adapted including A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember, as mentioned in this video. Graphic novels are also

How to Write Log Lines in 5 Simple Steps

Whether you are a published author looking to pitch or query agents, or haven't even begun writing yet, you need to know how to write log lines! Log lines are short 2-3 sentence long story synposes. This video explains why you should write them and gives 5 simple steps for how to go about formulating them. The content in this video was adapted from Kirsten Lamb over at Warrior Writers and the May/June 2015 issue of Writer's Digest.

Do Word Counts Matter?

The short answer to this is a resounding YES! Unless you are JK Rowling or Stephen King then you can do whatever the heck you want! This video was inspired by a MG/YA session I attended at the 2015 Midwest Writers' Workshop (faculty: MG author Heidi Schulz). Word counts matter, especially in regard to traditionally being published, because in the very first line/paragraph of your pitch or query you state your title, genre, and word count. If you are writing a 250,000 word middle grade realistic fiction novel you may be overlooked because you're way over the word count recommendations for that level! Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules, but I found some guidelines from: http://lit

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