STRONG SHOULDERS

Last weekend, I attended NCTE (National Council for Teachers of English). What an amazing weekend. And, no…I’m not just throwing that word, amazing, around. It really did amaze me. It amazed me to...

. For years, I knew that pit in the stomach every morning before school. Like so many others, I was bullied as a kid. A lot. The first bout began in fourth...

I sometimes wonder if the truly invested teachers and librarians out there ever take the time to think about the impact they have on the world. The impact on individuals that...

I have such a daunting “to-do list” that I really shouldn’t be blogging today, but life has tapped me on the shoulder. So, here I am. On the one week birthday...

I remember hearing about Irena Sendler back in 1998 when she passed away at the age of 98; her story has stuck with me ever since. Now, this woman was a...

I find unexpected gifts in my visit to a shelter for teens: http://emusdebuts.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/a-christmas-surprise/

Drop everything you’re doing (well, except for reading this!) and get thee to a bookstore! Today is the official release day of Audrey Vernick’s WATER BALLOON, a young adult novel that...

So, what is the double-edged sword of vulnerability? What IS writer’s block, anyway? Where does it come from? I try to answer these questions and more here at EMUSDEBUTS:

Anyone who’s been seriously writing for children knows the name, Emma Dryden. She’s been in publishing 25 years and shows no signs of slowing down. During a nineteen year career with...

I’ve been thinking a lot about setting. (In fact, I plan to do a post about it here soon.) But, first, I thought I’d do a post about writing space—my setting...