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Amanda has been teaching English for twelve years and in those years one method of teaching reading and writing has stuck and continues to prove successful year after year...workshop. Reading and writing workshop started at the elementary level and recently has started making an impact in the upper grades. However, a lot of upper grade teachers wonder how they can make this method work in their classroom with so little time with their students...This podcast is your answer! This podcast will ...
 
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EPISODE 211I Our guest today is Jennifer Graeser Dornbush, screenwriter, author, international speaker, and forensic specialist. Her father was a medical examiner with a home office, so Jennifer grew up around death. She participated in her first fatality investigation when she was eight years old, and she's been involved in writing about crime eve…
 
EPISODE 210E Our Encouraging Words episode today is about reaching out when you need a word of encouragement. I posted on Facebook last week saying I need some encouragement and the response overwhelmed me! It made me think that we all need a reminder that there are a lot of people out there willing and ready to encourage you in whatever you're goi…
 
EPISODE 209I Today's guest is Leigh Duncan, author of Hallmark's first contemporary romance series. The first two books are already available, A Simple Wedding and A Cottage Wedding, set in the town of Heart's Landing. A Waterfront Wedding will be released in April 2021. She tells us how she got started with Hallmark Publishing - and how you can, t…
 
Students in our class need to feel that their unique voices, opinions, and experiences matter. In this article, you’ll get inspiration and ideas for distance learning community building activities for middle school and high school students.https://amandawritenow.com/distance-learning-community-building-activities-for-middle-and-high-school/…
 
EPISODE 208I Today's guest is Liz Johnson, author of the brand new A Dazzle of Diamonds, final book in the Georgia Coast Romance series. Liz shares her fun story about beginning to write stories at age 7 and selling her first novel at 27. We talk about the fun of research and how to find just the right elements from a research trip to add into your…
 
https://amandawritenow.com/how-to-teach-reading-and-writing-workshop-from-a-distance/Many teachers are wondering, can I still teach reading and writing workshop from a distance? The quick answer is... absolutely!Whether you want to admit it or not, the current state of the world requires we simplify what we normally do. This is exactly why we shoul…
 
EPISODE 207E After eating some of the most delicious strawberries since last summer, I got to thinking about harvests - how grateful I am for the harvest of fruit in its natural season rather than that grown off-season in a greenhouse - and about the harvests in our own lives. In order to have a harvest, you need to plant. What am I planting in my …
 
EPISODE 206I Today's guest is Quinton Litchfield, pastor of C3 Church in Malmö, Sweden, and 2-time burnout survivor. Quinton talks freely about how he hit the wall, and things we can do if we find ourselves approaching the same point. He reminds us that no one is going to thank us for working so hard that we burn out. Some periods of life require s…
 
This week Amanda discusses where she has been and shares major life events that have occurred since the last podcast. This episode will dive into some heavier topics such as the unexpected loss of a friend, Black Lives Matter protests, and not being able to see students in the same capacity. Join Amanda in the conversation, how have recent events s…
 
EPISODE 205I Today's guest is Melissa Kosci, co-author of the new suspense book, A Dream Within a Dream, cowritten with Mike Nappa. Melissa tells us how she came to be cowriter of a series that already had two books in it, and what it was like to help finish telling the story. (I read book one of the Coffey & Hill series, Annabel Lee, and didn't re…
 
EPISODE 204E In this weird world we live in with a pandemic going on around us, restrictions on our movements coming and going, and too many terrible things happening and crowding the news, it can be really difficult to find balance in your life. I share my own experiences and what I've been doing to try to keep practicing living a more balanced li…
 
EPISODE 203I In today's episode, we hear from Jeremy Dronfield, author of The Boy Who Followed His Father into Auschwitz, and many other titles. Jeremy tells us how he got involved with writing this story, the research he did, how he had to work to convince the survivors to trust him with their story, and the path to publishing the book - twice. Al…
 
EPISODE 202I Today's guest is Susie Finkbeiner, author of the new novel, Stories That Bind Us. We have an interesting discussion on when writing can be a healthy escape for us, and when it's an avoidance tactic keeping us from dealing with our own issues. Writing is a great way to process life, and we want to help our readers do the same. Susie tal…
 
EPISODE 201E I read this amazing book last year called The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben about how trees that are connected to each other can help and protect each other through their connections, and how a single tree off by itself doesn't have the same protections. There are so many hidden things happening in people, too. We can have a …
 
EPISODE 200!! Today’s guest is the wonderful Joanna Penn, author, podcaster, speaker, and all-around lovely lady! When I asked myself who, in my wildest happy dreams, I would like to be a guest on my 200th episode, Joanna was my first thought. And lucky me, she said yes! :-D I asked Joanna to start by taking us on a quick tour of her journey, how s…
 
EPISODE 199I Today's guest is first-time author, Sue Reynolds. In her debut book, The Athlete Inside, Sue tells how at age 60 she lost 200 pounds and began her journey toward finishing sixth at the World Triathlon Championship. She tells us how one day her "why" changed - that she stopped thinking about her weight in terms of others' expectations o…
 
EPISODE 198 Today's guest is the multi-bestselling humorous women's fiction author, Kristan Higgins. Her newest book, Always the Last to Know, releases on June 9, 2020. Kristan's books tend to be funny and heart-warming, with gut-wrenching difficulties, laugh-out-loud moments, and immensely satisfactory endings. Interviewing her was a very similar …
 
Is peace the absence of conflict or a state that can exist within conflict? How can writing cultivate, reveal, practice, and advance personal and shared forms of peaceable assembly? What's the relationship between peace and protest, politics and private experience? This lecture will consider diverse poems that help us think about these questions, i…
 
EPISODE 197I Today’s guest is the lovely DiAnn Mills, bestselling author of the brand new romantic suspense novel, Airborne. The story of that novel coming out now is one of several great ones DiAnn tells during the interview. She starts with the story of how her husband challenged her to stop saying she was going to write a book some day and just …
 
EPISODE 196 Our guest today is Bethany Turner, author of the hilarious new Hadley Beckett's Next Dish. If you like romantic comedies, or if you love celebrity chefs and their cooking shows, you'll love this book! Bethany and I talk a lot and laugh a lot, but there's a lot of little things to pick up and consider for your own writing. For instance, …
 
EPISODE 195E In this Encouraging Words episode, I talk about how even though right now we are forced to stay at home and keep away from each other when we're out, we are still part of the larger body of humanity. We are connected even if we feel it less than ever. We are finding new-normal ways of doing things together, and some of those just might…
 
EPISODE 194 We hear a lot about being authentic, our true selves, but what does that mean? I think of my heart as both strong and vulnerable, something that is big enough to share with others but also often in danger of being hurt. So I have a protective fence around my heart, but the type of fencing used changes. Do you have a tall steel fence aro…
 
EPISODE 193 Today's episode is a round-up of lots of interesting and fun information I've found that might help your writing career, your motivation, your creativity, and your overall sense of well-being as we keep working in our homes (whether we want to or not). I also talked about the new book I'm working on, Encouragement for Writers, and I'll …
 
Most of us who write feel the need to remember our dead in elegies, memoir, or fiction, a task that can be more difficult than we at first expect. Often our first challenge is to speak at all, to find language adequate to our grief. Then come other questions: given the injunction not to “speak ill of the dead,” and our own love for those we’ve lost…
 
EPISODE 192 We've had a lot of "new normal" forced on us lately, but what if we take charge and create our own new normal? We're creative people, we can think of ways to make our new circumstances work for us! In this episode, I talk about how to redefine the structure of your day so you still attain your overall goals. I mention my own health goal…
 
EPISODE 191I Today’s guest is Brad Borkan, author of When Your Life Depends On It (co-written with David Hirzel, audiobook narrated by Dennis Kleinman). Brad's specialty area is decision sciences, how businesses and people make decisions. We have a fascinating discussion about Antarctic explorers, the main characters in his nonfiction book, and how…
 
EPISODE 190E This month for our Encouraging Words episode, I asked my friend Markus Watson to join us. We discuss how people weren't made to be in isolation, and some things we can do to overcome the emotional effects. Markus explains the "Robinson stories" and we talk about the ideas of families and people being lost and in isolation. We also talk…
 
EPISODE 189I Today's guest is James Blatch from Mark Dawson's Self Publishing Formula talking to us about one of their online classes that's open just a couple more days from when this episode goes live on April 2, 2020. I'm a student in both of Mark's courses, Self Publishing 101 and Advertising for Authors. I took the 101 course after hearing Mar…
 
EPISODE 188I Today’s guest is romantic suspense author Natalie Walters, author of the brand new Silent Shadows coming out on March 31, 2020. Listen to the end to find out more about pre-order goodies you can receive directly from Natalie if you order the book before March 31. :) [Sorry about the audio and video hiccups in this episode! With sooo ma…
 
EPISODE 187T Since our world has been tipped on its side from the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), many of us find ourselves trying to make sense of a new normal. Maybe you're working from home for the first time, and it may not have transitioned in a smooth and easy way. Maybe other people are at home now that you're not used to having in your work…
 
We often think about the tool of reflection in writing as a mode of thought or tone of voice we employ when we ruminate, meditate, contemplate or explain—in short, when we provide what Phillip Gerard calls, “finished thought.” But we might also think about reflection as a turning, as a sometimes distorting, but transformational power. In this talk,…
 
EPISODE 186T This week I attended the first ever live event hosted by the Self Publishing Show podcast with Mark Dawson and James Blatch. It was awesome!! First of all, there is nothing like being with your people, the folks who "get" you, who don't have a blank look on their face when you talk about your writing, or editing, or read-through rates,…
 
EPISODE 185I Today's guest is historical fiction author Jill Eileen Smith. Jill's focus has been on Old Testament women of the Bible and, wow, does she have her research work cut out for her! We talk about how to research from multiple sources, and how to fill in the blanks when written history doesn't give you many details. Jill is particularly en…
 
EPISODE 184E I had a really crappy week this past week. Lots of good moments, but days that kept ending in stress and disappointment and frustration. By the end of the week, I was a bit of a wreck...which was no good since I was finally going to be enjoying some time with friends Friday night. I kept thinking that I just needed to think of somethin…
 
EPISODE 183 Sometimes you hear or read similar things over and over in a short period of time. When that happens, our brains often nudge us to ask - is this something important that I should be paying attention to right now? This past week, I have heard or read similar ideas from Joanna Penn of The Creative Penn podcast, Susan May Warren with My Br…
 
EPISODE 182I Today's guest is fantasy author Kym Thurlow, writing as Eliza Raine. Kym tells us how she got started writing and why she decided to self-publish, sharing a lot of great information along the way. Kym has learned a lot about writing and the business of publishing through online forums like 20Booksto50K, courses like Mark Dawson's Self …
 
EPISODE 180I Today's guest is bestselling and award-winning author James Scott Bell. We talk about two of his many nonfiction books for writers, The Last Fifty Pages and Plotman to the Rescue. From the first book, Jim talks about the Ahhh and the Uh-Oh types of endings. There can be a satisfying ending where it all works out for the protagonists, o…
 
Many book editors and agents say that they read the first paragraph of a manuscript, and if they like it, they skip ahead to read some dialogue. If the dialogue is strong, they go back to page one and keep reading. If the dialogue is weak, the editor or agent sets down the manuscript, and the chances for publication (with that particular house or a…
 
EPISODE 179I Today's guest is Tom Threadgill, author of police procedurals and suspense novels. His newest book, Collision of Lies, just released this week and is the beginning of a new series. For those of you who don't consider yourselves plotters, you'll love hearing Tom talk about how he writes - a true seat of the pants writer! He shares how h…
 
As a painter, I am constantly recognizing ideas about composition in art that speak directly to what I do as a writer. One concept that is especially useful is Notan, a Japanese term that means "light-dark balance." We can also think of positive and negative space, or symmetry and asymmetry--all ideas about shapes and patterns that are the foundati…
 
EPISODE 178E Today I talk about having a word or verse for the year, something to help us focus or to encourage us toward this year's goals. But sometimes that point of focus changes - and you get even more focused! That's what happened to me this month. I hope my experience encourages you that this is the start of something great!…
 
EPISODE 177T I just finished helping a friend get his very first book up on Amazon - woohooo!! We're both very excited as this is something he's wanted to do for a few years! It occurred to me that I could share what I know about repurposing your writing and maybe help you get a book together too! I hope you find this to be a helpful episode! Good …
 
EPISODE 176I Regina Scott has published over 45 historical novels, winning awards and fans along the way. She loves history, so she finds research fun, not boring at all. Today she tells us about some of the amazing fun - that is, research - she's done in the name of fiction, and helps us see what we can do as well. Since she writes Regency romance…
 
The “central channel,” a somatic and energetic space well-known for centuries in contemplative disciplines, is rarely discussed in connection with writing. Understanding the central channel, and how to apply it to writing, can reveal much about us as artists, and it can open up our craft. This will be an informative, and often humorous presentation…
 
EPISODE 175I Today's guest is Lynette Eason, author of the new book, Collateral Damage. With over 60 books published, Lynette has a lot of experience in creating new characters, new series, and all kinds of interesting plots. Lynette shares how she starts a book, how she gets started writing for the day, how she found law enforcement and military e…
 
It's time to plan out our new year, to think about what worked last year and what didn't. But don't just write down a bunch of hoped-for goals, consider how much time you'll need to do them all compared to how much time you actually have. I go through several good first steps to getting the big picture under control as well as talk about what I've …
 
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