Mini Writing Retreats Are A Great Idea!

Most of us know of someone in our circles that is writing or wanting to write. Joining writing groups can be expensive and a little crowded. If you are just wanting to hang out and talk about writing, why not gather up those friends and get away with your laptops. It’s a great idea! Author Julie Musil did just that. Follow her posts to see how things turned out.

It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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Mini Writing Retreat #IWSG

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I’m currently on a mini writing retreat with two of my closest writing buddies. How is it going? I’ll report back later! But I did want to chat abut a couple of things. Writing retreats can be expensive and inconvenient–especially if you’re on a tight budget and have little kids at home. I’m not one to dump a lot of money into the writing process. It’s just not my style. But when my friends approached me with the mini retreat idea, I jumped on board. Why?

  1. Lower cost. We’re not paying for expensive workshops or roundtable critiques. We’re simply getting away with our laptops to write. Most of the stuff covered in workshops or retreats can be found online for free. READ MORE HERE.

PW’s Sneak Peek at the Spring ’16 Children’s List

Kristi Bernard:

I love reading children’s books!

Originally posted on wordcenary:

PW Children'sPublishers Weekly released their annual Fall Children’s Announcements issue this week, including their preview of the upcoming (in this case, Spring 2016) season.

This is always one of my favorite issues, which I approach with the same voracious glee that a much littler me approached J.C. Penney’s mammoth holiday toy catalog. I was lucky enough to snag ARCs for a few of the titles on my To-Read list at BEA this year, but I’ll still be back at the bookstore filling in the rest…and buying hardcovers of the ARCs as I often do, because book addiction.

I should also mention that listed in the Spring 2016 Preview, under “Penguin/Penguin Young Readers” is one of my upcoming early readers, The Star-Spangled Banner.

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Tips For Writing Killer Headlines

Copyblogger is a site filled with loads of information. Their topics are endless and always informative. Visit the site and take your time browsing.

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Your headline is the first, and perhaps only, impression you make on a prospective reader. Without a compelling promise that turns a browser into a reader, the rest of your words may as well not even exist. So, from a copywriting and content marketing standpoint, writing great headlines is a critical skill. READ MORE HERE.

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Kansas lifts teacher licensure requirement in 6 districts

Originally posted on KSN-TV:

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TOPEKA, Kansas – The State Board of Education met in Topeka Tuesday to consider a number of changes to the state’s education system. One of the proposals approved will allow 6 “innovative “districts to hire unlicensed teachers. Those districts are McPherson, Concordia, Hugoton, Marysville, Blue Valley and Kansas City.

Supporters say it will help some districts fill voids left behind by teachers retiring or leaving the profession in recent years.

Opponents say it sets a bad precedent for public education. The McPherson school district is one of several in the state that can now hire unlicensed teachers.

This ruling opens the door for people to teach without the teaching certificate required in high school and middle school. These employees will need to be approved by their local school board, will still have to pass a background check and receive a specialized teaching certificate. But some say that’s not good…

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Audio Book Resources For Writers

I can’t wait to get started recording an audio book. I’ve created an account with ACX. But before I add any recordings I have to do a lot of practicing first. I didn’t realize how hard it would be to keep a steady even toned voice when reading aloud. And on top of that, I have to stay close to the microphone. I’ve recently discovered a post at the AM Institute on other audio resources. It is an awesome and informative post. I plan to really dive into each and every suggested site. Actually, I already have. I hope you find this information helpful.

An audiocassette recording

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How to Distribute Non-ACX Audiobooks