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Victim Characters and Passivity

So, Lyn Miller Lachman started a great discussion on my graduate student forum about writing about characters who are victimized, and it really sparked some thoughts I have about the subject that I thought I’d share with you all. I created this … Continue reading

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Romancing Reality in YA Fiction: Guest Post by Mandy Robbins Taylor

I saw a bumper sticker slogan on a Facebook page recently that read: “BOYS IN BOOKS ARE BETTER.” Of course, the comment thread that followed was a long string of female readers’ bemoaning agreement. I have to agree as well. … Continue reading

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Pushing the Boundaries: Guest Post by Tim Martin

(boundaries): noun. the boundaries of acceptable behavior: limits, parameters, bounds, confines. These are exactly the words that steered me to the big Victorian Orphanage on the Hill in Montpelier: Vermont College of Fine Arts [http://www.vermontcollege.edu/]. It was time for me … Continue reading

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Working Through Writer’s Block: Guest Post by Peter Langella

As a student at Vermont College of Fine Arts, one of the most challenging requirements that my classmates and I face is the dreaded deadline. Each month we must submit a ‘packet’ of work that contains a reflection letter, essays, … Continue reading

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Time to Punk-Rock with Plot: Discovering Alternative Plot Types Guest Post by Ingrid Sundberg

We can all agree that Aristotle is the granddaddy of plot. Aristotle’s goal-oriented or action plot is nothing new to shout about. In fact, at this very moment, we are all busy giving our protagonists goals (like saving their families … Continue reading

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Writing in the Negative Space: Guest Post by Sherry Shahan

One day while cleaning out my office I found an old shoebox filled with letters from a friend who was in Vietnam during the mid-1960s. I spent hours rereading the gut-wrenching accounts of his physical and emotional nightmare. I was … Continue reading

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