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Friday Fun: The Smartest Card

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We just dropped our son off at college this week, and you know what I’m the most envious about?  That he’s going to school in Boston, which gives him access to the Boston Public Library!  He’s our third child in college, and they’re all good readers, but even so I’ve encouraged all of them to visit their town’s public library and apply for a free card. Public library collections are very different from college library collections, since the colleges need to cater to a specific audience – namely the professors and students, focusing their collection on materials that can supplement coursework.  Years ago I worked at a small public library in Durham, home to the University of New Hampshire, and one day two young ladies walked in, obviously new students at the school. They looked around the small magazine reading area, taking the entire library in in a few glances. Back then the library (now in it’s own gorgeous building) rented space in a storefront of a strip mall and the staff did their best with the tiny, odd space. We had a magazine reading area, children’s area, public computers and a small staff area in the back of the storefront. Usually we’d get visitors who would look around and then compare it to the big, beautiful library in their home town or places they went on vacation. But these two girls looked around, sighed, and one said to the other, “Oh, yeah. That’s more like home.”  Our tiny library was familiar to them, a haven of normalcy in their big, unfamiliar college territory.

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NHWP’s Critique Partner Match Up

nhwp critique partner match upNew Hampshire authors ready to get some feedback from a fellow writer can sign up to be matched with a critique partner through the NH Writer’s Project Critique Partner Match through March 6th.  You must be a current member of NHWP to receive peer editing, critique, and commentary. Once matched, the NHWP encourages pairs to meet regularly (a minimum of four times over the course of the four month cycle) in order to share and give comment on your current projects. For more information and an application form, please visit the NHWP page.

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Book Review: El Deafo

el-deafoStraying a bit from highlighting nominations to the NH Isinglass Teen Read Award list to mention El Deafo, written and illustrated by Cece Bell, that is nominated for the NH Great Stone Face Award for 4th through 6th graders and a recent winner of a Newbery Honor Award.

El Deafo is a graphic novel loosely based on Cece Bell’s own childhood growing up hearing impaired after a bout of meningitis left her severely to profoundly deaf at the age of 4.  Cece’s characters are all drawn as rabbits, because, as she says, rabbits are known for their ears, and when she was growing up, she felt like the only rabbit whose ears didn’t work.  Cece gives herself the superhero name “El Deafo” after she begins using a Phonic Ear device to better hear the teachers in school…and she discovers she can still hear the teachers if they’re not in the same room…provided they’re still wearing their piece of the Phonic Ear device.  

This is a truly wonderful, well-written story, with compelling characters.  Cece’s friends initially struggle with understanding her need to use the hearing device and accepting her as she is.  Cece wants to be treated like anyone else but the Phonic Ear distinguishes her as different.  The artwork is charming and the graphic format enhances the story beautifully. My 8 year old grabbed this book from my reading pile when she saw it was a graphic novel and devoured it…and we were both delighted when we found it at a Scholastic Book Fair soon afterward and snapped it up.  It’s a wonderful example of why telling our own stories are so valuable – we have deep truths that we can share that really do resonate with others even though the details of our story are what make us unique.

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Friday Fun: NH Manuscript Editing Conference

Happy to share this conference information with any writers who are ready to get ready to submit! -ybc

RWA_James_Flyer2Before You Hit Send: Self-Editing Workshop with Angela James

Join Angela James, editorial director of Harlequin’s Carina Press and developmental editor of New York Times Bestselling authors Shannon Stacey, Lauren Dane and Jaci Burton, for a day-long workshop covering ideas, tips, tricks and lessons for polishing and self-editing your manuscript.

Topics include: point of view, passive vs. active voice, show don’t tell, formalizing your manuscript, and more!

Spend the night at a special rate and have use of our meeting room for quiet self-editing/writing Sunday morning to put all you learned into practice before you head back on the road.

Saturday, May 21st 2016
$80-$110 for workshop and buffet lunch.
Crown Plaza Hotel, Nashua NH
Sponsored by: New Hampshire Romance Writers of America (NHRWA) Information and registration:http://www.nhrwa.com/events Questions? Please email: conference@nhrwa.com More about Angela James: http://nicemommy-evileditor.com/before-you-hit-send/

Here’s a copy of the  RWA_James_Flyer for those who want to download, print & post!


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Friday Fun: Proclaim It!

500 words

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November 27, 2015 · 7:00 am

NaNoWriMo Week 4 BONUS Pep Talk: Let the YWP Inspire You!

This post originally appeared as a NaNoWriMo 2015 Pep Talk sent to participants in the NH Region. I will be sharing my NaNoWriMo 2015 Pep Talks and Pep Talks by Guest Wrimos on this blog throughout November. – Yvette

profile pic (1)Welcome to the final stretch Wrimos!  2015 marks the 10th anniversary of the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program, which means it’s the perfect time to hear from another Guest Pep Talker, Kathy Pearce aka haleypearc who has been leading the charge with a Young Writer’s Group at Oyster River HS in Durham, NH:

November has been a big month for Oyster River High School. Our girls’ soccer team made it to the state finals, and the boys’ soccer team went all the way—capturing their first state title in more than ten years. Our star female cross-country runner captured the state championship for the third year in a row, and our drama department is staging “Twelve Angry Jurors.” (That’s the politically correct renaming of the famous 1950’s play)

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YWP Writers, ORHS

Meanwhile, in a corner of the library, fifteen students and two teachers are quietly clicking away at keyboards. There’s an old couch and coffee table, a Zen fountain, and a pile of writing books, baby name guides, and road atlases. Once a week, writers and authors stop by to lead activities or share their craft. This is where the magic happens for a different kind of superstar. Chances are, they won’t get a trophy in a display case and they won’t get a standing ovation, but most of them are perfectly happy that way. They are writers, and that is all they need.

This is the second year that our school has sponsored an NaNoWriMo club, and it is one of the most rewarding things we do, here in the library. Their excitement is infectious, which led me to win NaNo for the first time ever last year. These kids have a lot on their plates—academics, extracurricular activities, jobs, college applications, drivers’ ed—and yet they manage to crank out their word counts day after day. Before they are even finished, they speak of sequels or their next novels, while I’ve struggled to get off the ground with a single thread of a plot. I may not be crossing the finish line this year, but it’s fun to live vicariously through them. I’ll consider that a win, even if I don’t get to print out the nifty certificate.

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Celebrate NH Writer’s Week, Nov 8-14

writers week 2015Governor Maggie Hassan has declared November 8 – 14 “New Hampshire Writers’ Week”, a weeklong celebration of the writer’s journey.  The NH Writer’s Project (NHWP)  is hosting a series of events around the state that each represent a step along the journey, from first draft to publishing to marketing a book. Take a quick break from NaNoWriMo and get some inspiration!

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