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Exposing the Hidden Backstories–Where Did These Characters Come From Anyway?

Have you ever wondered how the authors gave life to the interesting people who populate your favorite books? They practically jump off the pages and into our lives, inspiring affection and curiosity about their backstories. Every well-known hero or villain has an equally interesting backstory. Today, we learn how to learn more about the backstory […]

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When an Author Is Also an Artist:  The Visual Writer

The written word has traditionally been considered the most important tool for storytellers to employ. However, there is a subset of artists whose work transcends linguistic barriers. These picture book authors have a special talent for using vivid images to attract readers and evoke emotional responses. We set out today to learn about the wonderful

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Persian Love Cake: one bite of this spicy, sweet cake, and the person served a piece of the cake will fall in love. 

Do as the character Najid did when he was courting Elizabeth, make a Persian Love Cake for the one whose heart you wish to capture.  (Or just make it for the ones you already love). Once upon a time in Persia, an ordinary young woman fell in love with a prince. To win his heart,

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When You are not Writing What you Know: How the Internet Helps.

A typical piece of advice in the field of storytelling is to:  “Write What You Know.” But what if you want to write about something you don’t have true knowledge of?  What if your characters, like Pink Paisley Scarf’s Persian character, Najid, or MaeAnn, with her family who speaks Tagalog, are from cultures you know

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