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
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
By Chris SorensenOriginally posted by Chris Sorensen at casorensenwrite.wordpress.com, 6/2/14 I had the privilege this past weekend to attend my first ever writing retreat. Four writers from my writing group – Richmond Children’s Writers– and three from another local group made our way an hour and a half south of Richmond to Lake Gaston. One … More Anatomy of a Writing Retreat
By Hazel Buys Remember that scene in CASABLANCA when the piano player in Rick’s Cafe turns to look at Rick before playing the accompaniment to the Marseillaise, the French national anthem? Rick gives an almost imperceptible nod. Rick’s nod was a small movement, but it set the course for the rest of the movie. Up … More Writing Lessons From Old Movies
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
By Hazel Buys On March 5th, a year of planning, promoting, writing and reading came to a celebrated conclusion. Richmond Children’s Writers wrapped up their first-ever writing competition for 3rd through 8thgraders in Chesterfield County with an awards ceremony. Brian Rock emceed the event with wit and enthusiasm. He introduced the finalists for each grade … More And The Winner Is…….!
The Richmond Children’s Writers and friends had dinner with a visiting author: Lynda Mullaly Hunt, author of One for the Murphys. She was in Richmond doing some author visits, and we had the good fortune of spending an evening with her. First of all, have you read One for the Murphys? If not, put it … More Dinner and Perseverance