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Attending the SCBWI Conference – Part 2: The Space Between the Panels: David Wiesner on Storytelling

by Jeff Campbell, author and instructor at The Writers Circle Storytelling is storytelling, no matter what medium. That is the second lesson I learned at the annual SCBWI New Jersey … Continue reading

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June 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Attending the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Conference – Part 1: Gathering Your Tribe

by Jeff Campbell, author and instructor at The Writers Circle Writing is often considered a lonely profession. But it doesn’t have to be. That’s the lesson I learned last weekend. … Continue reading

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June 13, 2016 · 5 Comments

TO MARKET, TO MARKET – Part Three: Finding the Perfect Literary Agent for YOU!

Now that you’ve come up with your brilliant Elevator Pitch, drafted your query letter and the dreaded synopsis, it’s time to face the part of the process over which you … Continue reading

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May 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

TO MARKET, TO MARKET – Part Two: The Dreaded Synopsis

Now that you’ve had the pleasure of boiling down your entire novel, memoir or nonfiction book into a single “elevator pitch” and tucked it neatly into your one-page query letter, … Continue reading

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March 31, 2016 · 1 Comment

SPEAKER SERIES RECAP: How to Get Successfully Published with The Book Doctors

by Mally Becker “This is the greatest time in history to be a writer,” declared David Henry Sterry. Because of all the publishing options now available, he and Arielle Eckstut, … Continue reading

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March 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

TO MARKET, TO MARKET – Part One: The “Elevator Pitch” Query Letter

After six years as The Writers Circle, we’ve witnessed the birth of some amazing writing and worked with writers who’ve truly stretched and grown. We’ve cheered a great many on … Continue reading

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February 26, 2016 · 3 Comments

The Writers Circle’s 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Finalists

DRUM ROLL, PLEASE…. Here they are: The Writers Circle’s 2016 finalists in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards!  We have a lot of key winners this year in practically every writing category!  And the … Continue reading

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February 4, 2016 · 3 Comments

A Weekend of Peace, Companionship and Writing at The 2015 Writers Circle Retreat

As the leaves drifted to coat the earth with a crackling carpet of golden brown, twenty writers gathered for The Writers Circle’s second annual weekend retreat in Mendham, NJ. “It … Continue reading

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November 10, 2015 · 2 Comments

Speaker Series Recap: What Is a Brand and Where Can I Get One? with Literary Publicist Claire McKinney

by Mally Becker The idea of promoting my own literary work makes me want to hide under a blanket with a bag of leftover Halloween candy. Or maybe mint Oreos…, … Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Good Local Bookseller Can Be an Author’s Best Friend: an interview with Margot Sage-El, proprietor of Watchung Booksellers

I met Margot Sage-El, proprietor of Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, when I was brand new to New Jersey, making my rounds in anticipation of the launch of my debut novel, … Continue reading

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September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment
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