The Perfect First Line

The Perfect First Line

As writers, we must be great fishermen. Yes. Fisherman. In other words, we must “hook” our reader and convince them to keep reading our story. We do that by creating a great first line.  Read the following first lines and see if they grab your attention: “It was a bright cold day in April, and […]

Attic Treasure

Attic Treasure

By Michelle Lynn Senters Writing Prompt of the Day 1. IMAGINE: During a recent visit to your Great Aunt, you snuck away from your family to explore her grand, old house. A long stairway took you to the attic, which contained furniture, trinkets, toys, books, and clothing from long ago.  Something caught your eye… 2. QUESTION: […]

Borrowed First Line

Borrowed First Line

By Michelle Lynn Senters Where do good story ideas come from? EVERYWHERE! Writers find ideas for characters and stories from everyday life. Perhaps your sister creates an epic mess in the kitchen. Story idea. Perhaps you see two people having an argument while you are walking at the park. Story idea. Perhaps you see a tiny ant […]

Making Headlines

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By Michelle Lynn Senters Welcome to the 2nd Annual KIDS ARE WRITER’S Summer Camp! Here is what you should know: KIDS ARE WRITERS will post a writing prompt or activity every day (Monday-Friday) throughout the month of July. These activities are designed to educate and inspire you to write with passion and creativity. Take a look at […]

Summer Camp 2015

Join us this July for our 2nd Annual KIDS ARE WRITERS Summer Camp! Sign-up for our free membership to receive each day’s writing prompt. This is going to be FUN!

Giving Directions: Writing a “How-To” Essay

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By Jennifer Swanson Directions. We follow them every day. Some of them are things we’ve just learned to do. But other directions need more explanation. How do you ride a skateboard? Or make cupcakes? You read the directions. A How-To” essay is simply an article that tells people how to do something. But are reading […]

Naming Characters

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By Sophia Mallonée- The names of your characters are just as important as the characters themselves. What’s in a name? Names can give the reader an idea of the background of your character, the location (where in the world) they are from and a sense of the character’s overall identity. A memorable character, usually has […]

Coach: Sophia Mallonée

Sophia Mallonee

Sophia Mallonée (pronounced mal-o-nay) is a former artist’s agent, mother to a daughter (and two crazy dogs), wife to a photographer, music lover, obsessive reader and lifelong writer. She grew up playing in the freshwater springs and forests of northern Florida, where she now resides once more after traveling and living throughout the country. Though […]