Cynsational Spring Break

Happy Spring!

I’m going to be taking a short hiatus from Cynsations from now through April 30.

Not coincidentally, the month’s end is my “tweak” revision deadline for Blessed (Candlewick, 2011).

Wish me luck! Look for my status updates at facebook, MySpace, and Twitter.

Happy reading & writing!

And for now, I’ll leave y’all to enjoy the bikers and even more bluebonnets!

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New Voice: Kathi Baron on Shattered

Kathi Baron is the first-time author of Shattered (WestSideBooks, 2009); visit Kathi at Blogger. From the promotional copy:

Teen violin prodigy Cassie has been tiptoeing around her father, whose moods have become increasingly explosive. After he destroys her beloved and valuable violin in a sudden rage, Cassie, shocked, runs away, eventually seeking refuge in a homeless shelter.

She later learns that her father,

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Remembering Norma Fox Mazer

The brilliant and spirited Norma Fox Mazer passed away on Oct. 17. She’s already missed.

We first met in person when I joined the faculty of the Vermont College program in Writing for Children and Young Adults in July 2005.

I’ll admit to having been fairly starstruck by the entire group. After all, we’re talking about teaching with the likes of Kathi Appelt,

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Cynsations Summer Hiatus & VCFA Summer Residency

Cynsations will be on hiatus from now until sometime shortly after July 22 while I teach at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults summer 2009 residency in Montpelier.

I look forward to working with fellow faculty members Kathi Appelt, Marion Dane Bauer, Margaret Bechard, Alan Cumyn, Sharon Darrow,

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Interview: Sharon Darrow on the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults and the Picture Book Certificate Program

Sharon Darrow has taught writing at Waubonsee Community College, College of DuPage, and Columbia College of Chicago. She writes poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, picture books, and novels. She is the faculty chair of the MFA program in Writing for Children & Young Adults at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Her stories, essays, and poems have appeared in literary journals and anthologies,

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

Mark your calendars! Authors Kathi Appelt and Cynthia Leitich Smith invite you to join them at 1 p.m. April 11 at BookPeople (Sixth and Lamar) in Austin. They will be celebrating the success of Kathi’s The Underneath (Atheneum, 2008), which was a National Book Award Finalist and newly crowned ALA Newbery Honor Book, and the release of Cynthia’s Eternal (Candlewick, 2009). The event will include very brief readings,

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Hunger Mountain Holiday Fundraising Auction Features Critiques, Broadsides

From Caroline Mercurio, Managing Editor, Hunger Mountain, The Vermont College Journal of Arts & Letters Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Who’s the writer on your gift list? Join us for the Hunger Mountain Holiday Fundraising Auction, featuring manuscript critiques with notable authors and limited edition letterpress broadsides.

All items will be available at Caroline’s Hunger Mountain Store, beginning at noon EST Dec.

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

A.M. Jenkins blog: “The reasons for this blog: 1. To provide basic author information (for students, teachers, librarians etc.), without me having to maintain a website. 2. I think out loud a lot as I work through writing projects, so I’m going to try dumping those thoughts here rather than on my friends.” Read a Cynsations interview with A.M. Jenkins.

“Lessons from the Berry Patch”

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Cynsational News & Giveaways

Happy Independence Day to those who celebrate it! Please note that Cynsations will be taking a very short hiatus, and will resume posting next Thursday, July 10!

The Cynsations grand prize giveaways for July are two signed copies of Wake by Lisa McMann (Simon Pulse, 2008). From the promotional copy: “For 17 year-old Janie Hannagan, getting sucked into other people’s dreams is getting old. Especially the falling dreams,

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