Give Your Fear of Writing the Uppercut

Give Your Fear of Writing the Uppercut

By Lydia Davis, Student Contributor
The act of creation attracts a surprising variety of fears. Part of this is because creativity refuses to be predictable. No matter how thoroughly you plot a novel, there’s inevitably some aspect that catches you off guard. Writing can be unknowable and unexpected. Sometimes, that’s what makes it exciting . . . but not all the time.

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Grading Fiction the Smart Way, Not the Easy Way

Grading Fiction the Smart Way, Not the Easy Way

By Tineke Bryson, Staff Writer
How big a part should grading play in your One Year Adventure Novel journey? How do you grade a teenager’s novel? The grading rubric for The One Year Adventure Novel—or “OYAN” for short—is disarmingly simple. But in my years of interacting with parents, I’ve come to realize that, sometimes, this disarming quality can mask some of the complexities of nurturing a young writer.

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