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Critique Groups: What To Expect

Critique Groups: What to Expect

An interview by Tineke Bryson One of the most exciting aspects of the Summer Workshop is also—for some!—the most intimidating: critique groups. For that reason, I decided to ask the two members of our team—Rachel Garner and Gabrielle Schwabauer—who organize the critique groups to share their perspectives!
Angel In The Details: How To Excel At Appreciating

Angel in the Details: How to Excel at Appreciating

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer I bet lots of you share my desire to enjoy language more. A love of words is how many of us got started writing! But how do we become the kind of people who value words over our own ability with them? How do we become excellent “noticers,” appreciators?
Turn Your Gift With Words Inside Out

Turn Your Gift with Words Inside Out

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer I don’t know about you, but when I first learned I had an ability with words, I immediately assumed it could only be for one reason: I was destined to publish books!
Writing Workshops: How To Sharpen Your Focus

Writing Workshops: How to Sharpen Your Focus

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer What are writing workshops supposed to do for us? Whatever it is, how do we make sure it happens? Can we leap into more than one pool of opportunity?
Grading Fiction The Smart Way, Not The Easy Way

Grading Fiction the Smart Way, Not the Easy Way

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer How big a part should grading play in your One Year Adventure Novel journey? How do you grade a teenager’s novel? The grading rubric for The One Year Adventure Novel—or “OYAN” for short—is disarmingly simple. But in my years of interacting with parents, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, this disarming quality can mask some of the complexities of nurturing a young writer.
Is Your Student’s Storytelling Engine Stalling?

Is Your Student’s Storytelling Engine Stalling?

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer There are many reasons why young writers stall. And it’s hard to watch, as a parent and teacher. What do you do when your son or daughter loses momentum with The One Year Adventure Novel course?
Cultural Faux Pas In Fiction

Cultural Faux Pas in Fiction

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer There are ways to avoid cultural faux pas—missteps—so you can disarm even readers given to the occasional cultural snobbery. The word "disarm" is the key. Your goal is to send subtle signals to your reader that you know you won't do a perfect job, but you are trying.
When You Brood More Than You Write

When You Brood More Than You Write

Tineke Bryson, Staff: Brooding is uncomfortable. Embarrassing. It’s difficult to see the point, and while I wonder what the point could be, I brood some more. What should I do with my book? Should it be fiction or nonfiction? Should I scrap the manuscript and start over?
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