As you begin to approach that forever present holiday season, it’s time again for the Genre Spotlight to fall upon a seemingly underappreciated genre. This month brings us closer to the roots of childhood with everyone’s nostalgic favorite: fairytales.
Once upon a time. Fairytales extend way into the past, expressing many morals and hidden truths about the world of our ancestors. Most tales come from oral folklore passed on throughout generations.
Elizabeth Atkinson discusses writing for middle grade readers, inspiration, and travel
By Lisa Allard
Middle grade author Elizabeth Atkinson recently released her newest book, The Sugar Mountain Snow Ball, a relevant story that explores cross-cultural sensitivities and differences. It tells the story of two girls, Ruby and Eleanor, who couldn’t be more different. Ruby has always lived in Paris, New Hampshire and Eleanor ‘s family is from Sri Lanka. But what these girls share is an irreplaceable friendship and a strong desire to reach their dreams.
Last week people across New Hampshire and throughout the United States sat down to gorge themselves of endless amounts of turkey. The leftovers of this legendary meal are still making their way into sandwiches today. The holiday of Thanksgiving has shifted definition to become a period of time before insane shopping rushes. Yet, those who gathered around family and gave the thanks the day was intended for, were still debating on watching the parade, football, or the dreams of a peaceful nap.
Around Thanksgiving, we are reminded to be thankful for the things in our lives that matter the most –our loved ones, a roof over our heads, and food in our bellies. Well, writing matters too. So, this year, let’s show our gratitude for being a writer! Here is a list of six things you should be thankful for.
1. The Privilege of Writing
If you are lucky enough to have a career in writing, you are able to do something you love every day. For the rest of us, writing is an amazing stress reliever and a great way to remove ourselves from the world for at least a little while.
Richard Adams Carey, past NHWP president and author of “In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town,” took a moment out of his busy book-promoting schedule to share insight into his past and how his unanticipated move to New Hampshire led him to write one of the most shocking murder documentaries yet.
Carey, now of Sandwich, grew up in suburbs of Harford, Conn. and enjoyed the great outdoors from an early age.
“I basically spent my childhood out in the woods or playing games of baseball or touch football,” Carey said.
Continuing off of last month’s Giving Creative Nonfiction Credit, we believe that more categories of writing should get their time as well so was born the Genre Spotlight. This month we put aside a special place for the songwriters out there.
Songwriting, as the name suggests, is the action of writing songs. This not only has to apply to the lyrical aspect, but also the melodies and chord progressions. Just like other forms of writing, songwriting focuses on the emotional telling of a story or communicating information artistically to the masses.
As we anxiously await the opening of The Force Awakens, we Star Wars fans are praying JJ Abrams and company will wash away the sins of the prequels and restore peace and order to the galaxy.
The original trilogy was the most influential piece of entertainment for my generation. Before owning a VCR, I listened to an album narration of the Star Wars soundtrack. I wore out the grooves on the LP, so dialog has been ingrained in my memory (What’s the serial number to the garbage masher on detention level AA-23? 3263827, of course). The Empire Strikes Back might be one of the very
The premier event for New Hampshire authors and poets seeking to make connections and improve their craft. Sponsored by NHWP, Writers' Day features keynote speeches by acclaimed literary figures, workshops for writers of all genres and disciplines, and opportunities to meet agents and publishers.
Writers' Day will be on April 23, 2016 on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.
NHWP members receive a discount on registration and lunch is included. New registrants receive a one-year membership in NHWP as part of their admission.
Author Liz Kessler talks about writing for children and her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Sea of Lost Souls
By Lisa Allard
What was your favorite childhood book? What sparked your imagination and made you crave adventure? Most importantly, what book kindled your love for reading?
We all have that one book. For me, it was The Tail of Emily Windsnap, the story of a twelve-year old girl who makes a brilliant discovery about herself. After years of not swimming due to her mother’s fear of the water, Emily Windsnap is finally able to convince her mother to let her take swimming lessons.