Teaching Comics Workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum

When I was given the opportunity to teach a set of week-long comics workshops at the Charles M. Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa, CA, I had no idea it would be such an important week in my life. This summer has been packed with teaching comics workshops for children and teenagers in my home state … Continue reading

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Writing & Illustrating for Young Readers

This year marks the 15th anniversary of WIFYR–Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers. Organized by author Carol Lynch Williams, the conference (June 15-19) offers workshops and presentations on writing, drawing, and publishing books for young readers. I’ve been invited to speak on the roles of writing and artwork in telling a story, and I invite you … Continue reading

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NEW ILLUSTRATIONS: SERENDIPITY

I recently completed a handful of illustrations for Narratively, a platform dedicated to compelling human interest stories. All four stories that I illustrated shared the theme of serendipity, though each was vastly different from the other three. It was refreshing to work on stand-alone images and I got a little carried away, turning 3 of the 4 illustrations … Continue reading

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FANTASY WEEKEND (STARTS TODAY!)

THE GEEKEND IS HERE! Get Your Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fix at WesterCon This Weekend Westercon 67 is a general interest science fiction/fantasy convention covering literature, art, science, gaming, movies, comics and more…and it starts today! Guests include Brandon Sanderson, Cory Doctorow and Dan Wells (among others), and I’ve been invited to participate in a couple of panels … Continue reading

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BEST-SELLING UTAH AUTHORS

(via Deseret News)   Several authors from Utah or with ties to Utah wrote books that were on one of the New York Times’ best-seller lists in 2013. Some writers had multiple books make the lists, and others made the lists for the first time.  A few of these authors were on the same lists … Continue reading

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JOHN STEINBECK’S “GRAPES OF WRATH” DIARY

Excerpts from John Steinbeck’s diary while writing The Grapes of Wrath (via Austin Kleon) In 1938, John Steinbeck began writing what he hoped would be a great novel, and to keep track of his writing progress, he started a daily diary. “Here is the diary of a book…it will be interesting to see how it … Continue reading

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THIRTEEN WRITING PROMPTS

Courtesy of McSweeny’s, here are thirteen writing prompts for all you writers out there: THIRTEEN WRITING PROMPTS. BY DAN WIENCEK 1. Write a scene showing a man and a woman arguing over the man’s friendship with a former girlfriend. Do not mention the girlfriend, the man, the woman, or the argument.2. Write a short scene set at a … Continue reading

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LAST 24 HOURS OF NANOWRIMO!

Rebekah Johnson documented her 2013 NaNoWriMo experience–that’s writing 50,000 words of a new novel during the month of November. What follows is 8 minutes of Rebekah battling Tendonitis, late nights/early mornings, illness, a power outage, writing withdrawals, bad hair days, cluttered scenes and more! Related articles Get Cracking On That Novel – NaNoWriMo Is Almost Over! … Continue reading

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WRITING CHARACTERS WITH HUGH HOWEY

Author Hugh Howey (Wool) talks about writing characters that the reader cares about: CHARACTERS WE LOVE What are some characters that you’ve read about and love? What makes them interesting to read about? Post your comments below!

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WRITING ADVICE: THE GOOD, BAD & UGLY

Can you believe we’re already eight days into November? Crazy. I’ve been participating in this year’s NaNoWriMo challenge to write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, and am well aware of today’s total word count goal of 13,333.  If I had been writing an average of 1,667 words per day, starting on … Continue reading

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