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Writer’s Craft: 4 Reading Challenges for Writers to Spark New Ideas and Fall in Love with Reading Again

For writers, reading is one of our most valuable tools besides plain practice that can help boost your writing abilities. Maybe you’re in a submission slump or just need an excuse to read more books. Reading challenges have helped me read outside of my normal go-to genres and forms, and I can assure you that in the long run it will inspire you, too.

Books: Authentic Experiences of Disability in Young Adult Literature

In an effort to promote more diverse and authentic texts about disability, particularly in young adult literature, I wanted to examine three young adult novels featuring protagonists with disabilities: On The Edge of Gone by Corinne Duyvis, Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick, and The Mind’s Eye by K.C. Finn.

Book Review: The Grief Keeper by Alexandra Villasante

The Grief Keeper paints a contemporary narrative of the realities of immigration for teens. The novel is a brilliantly woven web of a young Salvadoran immigrant named Marisol and her younger sister Gabi as they escape from the gang violence that killed their brother.

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About Me

Hi, I’m Gretchen. I’m an educator, magazine editor, and a freelance writer. I’m also an artist sometimes. I sold my first freelance piece to Bustle when I was 20 years old and haven’t looked back! On my blog you’ll find some of my popular pieces, freelance and writing advice, and teaching tools.

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