You may have heard of the ice-bucket challenge. We have a different challenge for you (and not nearly as chilly): The Five Senses Challenge: Notice and record at least one NEW thing with each of your five senses during a 24-hour period. In order to complete the challenge, you will have to intentionally increase your awareness of … More Authorology Lab: Five Senses Challenge
by Lana Krumwiede Time for another Authorology Lab! This time, were taking something real and turning it into fantasy. The natural world is full of amazing sights and sounds. Sometimes it’s fun to ignore the real explanation and think up an imaginary one instead. People have been doing it for centuries. Across many cultures, there … More Authorology Lab: Fantasy from Fact
by Lana Krumwiede Writers love writing. We love reading about writing. We love writing about writing. And, as this post proves, we even love writing about reading about writing! When it comes to pantsers (writing from the seat of your pants) versus plotters (outlining before writing), I fall squarely on the plotter side. To me, the … More Writer’s Shelf: Story Trumps Structure
It’s summer and what’s better than reading a great book? Having your kids read a great book! Fellow Richmond children’s author, Martin Tiller, is holding a giveaway for not one but FOUR free middle grade books! Pretty awesome. I’m privileged to have Summer of the Woods included as one of the giveaway books. CLICK HERE to sign up … More Middle Grade Book Giveaway!
by Lana Krumwiede Picture Books make great writing prompts. First, read the story and talk about it. What do we like about it? What makes it funny, or heartwarming, or sad? What was unexpected? Next, give the students a writing prompt and take a few minutes to brainstorm various approaches a writer might take. I … More Authorology Lab: Using Picture Books as Writing Prompts
by Lana Krumwiede Welcome to the Authorology Lab! In these posts, we’ll be sharing our favorite writing exercises for young writers of all ages. These little gems are designed to stir the creative juices and awaken the storyteller inside you. For this activity, you’ll need a partner. Each of you will draw a picture of … More Authorology Lab: Alien Line-up
by Lana Krumwiede This is where we share some of the writing insights that came up in our most recent meeting. In our meetings, everyone shares about ten pages of their current projects. We read the manuscripts ahead of time. At the meeting, we share what we think is working well with the writing and … More A Fly on the Wall