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Literacy and STEM go hand-in-hand

Originally posted on OCM BOCES Instructional Support:

STEM_LiteracyNational awareness and ongoing movements promoting literacy and STEM education in the early years and early grades create an opportunity for collaboration to improve educational outcomes for our nation’s children.  It seems that many teachers with limited resources feel compelled to focus their instruction on one or the other.  This of course seems to create a competition between teaching literacy and STEM subjects. However, most research shows that students gain more knowledge and skills in literacy and STEM subjects when they are taught in tandem.

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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Writing tips


Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage





The novel is sold separately. Print  Kindle


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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Writing tips


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Welcome to Self Publishing 101

Originally posted on Moondust and Madness:

Canada #1

      Self-publishing my life story literally changed my life!

For the past 15 years, I’ve been a freelance reporter for a monthly newspaper. As a journalist, I cover heartbreaking stories all time and get many exclusives. People often voice surprise at how empathetic and easy I am to talk to.  Interviewees even share their deepest secrets; all reporters know this is rare and something you do not minimize. It was obvious I was making a difference in people’s lives. I should have been proud and confident. But I wasn’t!

The problem? I found no joy in anything because my personal life was a mess. For years, I played with the idea of writing my life story; I was adopted, then abused until I became a teenage runaway. To move forward with life, I needed to put the horrors of my past on paper; it was the only…

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Posted by on January 17, 2014 in Writing tips


New agent seeking clients

Passing this along to all of my peeps. 

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Writing tips


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To develop a daily writing practice think “slow”

Originally posted on onewildword:

After a year of focusing on my business and taking care of various family members, I’m working on re-developing a daily writing habit. It feels a bit like learning a new job. I notice resistance to the actual act of sitting my bum in my chair and writing. I also notice I’ve developed the attention span of a gnat.

In my life and business, I’m an incredible multitasker. I won’t go into the details in case you’ve read them before (see my post “How to reclaim your life and energy for your art”). But I’ve been finding that multitasking can actually make you less productive—especially if you’re an artist or a writer.

As Heather Sellers states in her book, Chapter after Chapter, writing is slow work. She relates it to the Slow Food Movement that was born to counter fast food chains taking over the world. Slow food…

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Posted by on January 14, 2014 in Writing tips


Playing the Name Game

Originally posted on Inkwell Writing:

Finding the perfect name for your characters is a major headache for any budding fiction writer. There can be no question that names are important – entire plotlines can hang on the use of a name. 

It could be said that in modern stories you can find names easily enough from your friends and family, but I have found that this is a well which runs dry very quickly. So here is a brief selection of some of the ways I have used to find names for my characters, along with a few pros and cons for each. 

Random Name Generators

These programs are surprisingly common, and can be a lot of fun to use if you have no idea of the type of character you are creating or the culture they come from. I have been known to go backwards when it comes to creating worlds – starting with…

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Posted by on January 11, 2014 in Writing tips


How To Get The Most Out Of Technology As A Writer

Originally posted on Jada Writes...:

If you’re a Communications major, English, creative writing or even history, then you are highly aware of the struggle that is being engulfed in a world full of tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook status updates while trying to maintain your skills as a writer and reader. It’s so easy to lag off and spend endless minutes, or maybe hours, on the internet reading endless amounts of Buzzfeed posts and Googling random and very weird things.

It’s hard to improve your range of knowledge and hone in on your writing techniques with so many easily accessed distractions around you which is why I’ve created a list for the fellow writer as to how to get the most out of the internet and the technology around you.

1. Read!
This is the last tip you’d want to see, as college students in general are swamped in reading, but this is a tip…

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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Writing tips


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