Plot emerges out of the actions of characters, and author Andy Hueller provides tips on how to develop conflict to make your novel a page-turning experience. Andy Hueller has written several titles including HOW I GOT RICH WRITING C PAPERS, SKIPPING STONES, DIZZY FANTASTIC and SLINGERS.
Voices in the Valley Podcasts
Student hosts Rebecca and Jill consider the Harry Potter series and explain how J.K. Rowling builds both internal and external conflict into her stories. Warning: huge spoiler alert. Don’t listen to unless you’ve read the series. 🙂
Author David Arndt provides insight on how to write dialogue in a historical setting and shares the steps his book Grimm Patriot advanced through to develop from paper pad to published novel.
Young adult author Anne Greenwood Brown shares her creative process and gives her number one tip for revising a story. In her first draft, Anne explains, “basically, everyone is walking around naked on an empty stage.” As a young adult author, Anne Greenwood Brown has written GIRL LAST SEEN and the LIES BENEATH series.
Editor Traci Post discusses the role of an editor as an advocate for the book and details the three stages of editing including 1) developmental (working on the structure of the novel; 2) copyediting (grammar and word choice) and 3) proofreading (final review)
Tracy Maurer identifies the difference between the trade and school industry, provides tips on the submission process, and gives advice on finding the right publisher for your novel. Tracy Maurer has written over 100 books, many of them award winning, including JOHN DEERE, THAT’S WHO!, NOAH WEBSTER’S FIGHTING WORDS, and STORM CODES.
Regina Peluso, Artistic Director for Collide Theatrical, details the winding path she took in her creative endeavors while Emma Atkins shares a personal narrative on saying goodbye to her dying dad.
Steve Snyder shares how SHOT DOWN developed from a family story of courage to an award winning and nationally acclaimed memoir
Alan Frechtman reminisces about his decades of experience working on Prairie Home Companion and the lessons learned on creating sound effects, characters, and vocal acting for a radio play-podcast. Originally aired on Voices in the Valley in April of 2016.
Student writers Evie and Ivy share poetry reflecting their experience with bullies and Abby reads from her screenplay. Staff from St. Croix Prep provide creative writing tips and tricks.