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Hooking Teens with the Real World

Oct 05, 2015

Theme Essay by Marina Budhos and Marc Aronson

You can’t assume that teenagers are interested in what you have to say—it’s your job to pull them in by intriguing and delighting them.

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Gene Yang: “I Hated Assigned Reading”

Sep 28, 2015

TW Interview by William Gray

At the heart of all young adult literature is this equation: belonging + power = identity.

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The Silent Voice of Your Story

Sep 21, 2015

Essay by Lynne Gessner

No wonder readers often skip description—they were with the character, and suddenly the author steps in with dry facts.

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How to Win—and Lose—a Literary Competition

Jun 08, 2015

Essay by Susan Terris

Writing is hard. Entering is hard, but being rejected for any prize should make you more determined to write with passion.

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How Not to Become a Writer

Jun 08, 2015

Essay by Lâle Davidson

Write your stories very slowly, word by word, trying to please everyone but yourself.

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