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I'm interested in taking a course on writing chapter books for children. Can anyone recommend a course?
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by emily-holewczynski on April 30, 2022, 09:31 AM »
Shoot so sorry Lauren!

Have any of you/anyone you know gotten acceptance notices from the 3/21 submission date? It sounds like the contest has been very drawn out but just wondering how long I should keep my hopes up! 😂
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by lauren-redmond on April 29, 2022, 06:48 PM »
Has anyone else gotten rejections? Or acceptance letters for the 3/21 submission? A friend of mine had a rejection yesterday but I’ve heard nothing! Diligently checked my spam too…dying to know!

I got a rejection yesterday also. Sending good vibes for those of you still waiting!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on April 29, 2022, 06:41 PM »
Fingers crossed for those still waiting.
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by emily-holewczynski on April 29, 2022, 08:39 AM »
Has anyone else gotten rejections? Or acceptance letters for the 3/21 submission? A friend of mine had a rejection yesterday but I’ve heard nothing! Diligently checked my spam too…dying to know!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by samantha-cassetta on April 28, 2022, 12:53 PM »
Just FYI, I received a (very polite) form rejection for one of my stories earlier this afternoon.  According to it, if you submitted multiple stories you should receive a separate rejection for each. Having received only one e-mail I'm keeping my fingers crossed for my second story . . . We'll see!
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Contests and Challenges / Re: Haunted States of America Contest
« Last post by maya-duff on April 25, 2022, 12:23 PM »
I haven't heard back yet either, and am dying to know!
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What about THE LIGHTNING THIEF for one of your comps, in which Percy Jackson has dyslexia, not autism? In the world of his magical school, dyslexia is a superpower that lets him read ancient Greek. The fact your book is different from other books is actually what makes it special, in my opinion, anyway.
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Picture Books (PB) / Re: High School Students Creating Children's Books
« Last post by Tori on April 23, 2022, 06:26 AM »
I taught a picture book unit to seventh graders, using ideas for form and structure from picture book authors like Tammi Sauer and editors like Cheryl Klein that I found online. (This was before I was published, myself) The kids planned their stories using  a single sentence (thanks to David Mamet), "Who wants what and why? Why now? What happens if her (sic) don't (sic) get it?" They created dummies (Debbie Ohi has a great template online) using clip art and the finished books were read to a partnered second grade class. At the beginning of the unit, I read them some classic picture books and we discussed the character arc and emotional resonance.
You'll have fun!
Aloha,
Tori :palmtree :pizza :books3
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