• Braiding the Verse Novel: Margarita Engle

    “Braiding the Verse Novel”  is a series of interviews I did with writers of novels –  and one biography  – in verse.  We had our conversations over the summer of 2012. I’ve written articles about verse novels for School Library Journal and NH Writer which draw on these conversations in different ways.  Here, I’m posting the full responses from each of the writers who allowed me to ask them questions. READ MORE

  • Folktale Festival Picture Show

    Hari Tiwari and Terry    photo by Deb Cram

    Here’s a photo gallery from our Folktale Festival celebrating  The Story of a Pumpkin by Hari Tiwari.  She told the story in her ELL class in Laconia, New Hampshire.  It was a story her father told to her when she was a little girl. And now the New Hampshire Humanities Council has published the tale in Nepali and English with the help of the READ MORE

  • Fight Like a Girl

    Boston Glow, a girl’s leadership organization, is sponsoring a panel of young adult writers.  The  topic is:  What it means to be a strong girl and how the characters in our novels portray that strength.  I am very happy they invited me to talk about  Viola and her stamina. For details on the event you can visit   Boston Glow.

     

  • Braiding the Verse Novel: Carol Fisher Saller

    “Braiding the Verse Novel”  is a series of interviews I did with writers of novels –  and one biography  – in verse.  We had our conversations over the summer of 2012. I’ve written articles about verse novels for School Library Journal and NH Writer which draw on these conversations in different ways.  Here, I’m posting the full responses from each of the writers who allowed me to ask them questions.  Nearly everyone who has read my novel, The Good Braider, asked me why I wrote in the spare lines of verse.  My readers’ questions have caused me to explore my own craft and then to explore the question with these articulate, generous writers. Each week I will feature a new novelist.


    Edide’s War by Carol Fisher Saller is a novel in poems.  Each of Carol’s poems could  stand alone as a character portrait or vignette.  “A poignant look at boyhood before and during the long years of World War II,” writes Kirkus in a starred review.

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  • The Way We Write

     

    Pugs, Merengue, Dolce & Gabbana

      By Terry Farish     

    In a first draft, the one that makes me cry over some truth I’ve finally seen, for a flashing moment, I am sun god.

    I am sloppy and haphazard in my journal keeping, but my journals are invaluable to me when I go to write that first draft. I have no idea how I will use a line. All I know is that when I gather details in my journal, I am writing from my best self, the self who is trolling the world, slightly amused, curious, often awed.

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