A Brave New World: Comic Books as School Textbook

by Hazel BuysImagine! Comics were all but outlawed in the classroom after World War II, but today, they have clearly gone mainstream. Indeed, comics are explicitly recommended for use in the classroom if the content supports the state and national curriculum standards. Responding to this opportunity, Josh Elder has put together an anthology of comic-book style … More A Brave New World: Comic Books as School Textbook

Looking in on RCW

by Hazel Buys For the past three to four years I have been working on mystery novels for middle grade. Recently our fearless leader at the RCW set out a challenge: write short stories for middle grade. Why do I find that scary? As I said, I write mystery NOVELS for middle grade. Uh, oh. … More Looking in on RCW

Looking in on RCW

By Hazel Buys It goes without saying, the words you choose, their power, subtlety, variety and nuance will elevate your writing or drop-kick it into ho-hum, or worse. At our recent critique meeting, the members of the RCW were reminded that sometimes we don’t consider seriously enough each and everyword we write. And that can make … More Looking in on RCW