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Writing for Young People Q&A: International Student Concerns

Writing for Young People Q&A: International Student Concerns

It’s the fifth and final round of my Q&A session about Bath Spa University’s Master of Arts in Writing for Young People. This section is all about the international student angle. Though I’m approaching it as an American, it should be basically applicable to my Aussie and Indian and Canadian and [insert origin of choice] friends looking into the course.

You can see the rest of the series under the Q&A tag!

As always, feel free to reach out with more questions by contacting me at: alyssamhollingsworth [at] gmail [dot] com

A thousand disclaimers: I only have my experience of the Writing for Young People course to draw from (class of 2014). I’m not a member of staff…Continue Reading

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Writing for Young People Q&A: Personal Development

Writing for Young People Q&A: Personal Development

It’s round four of my Q&A session about Bath Spa University’s Master of Arts in Writing for Young People. This section is about the professional and personal development I underwent during the course.

You can see more posts in the series under the Q&A tag!

As always, feel free to reach out with more questions by contacting me at: alyssamhollingsworth [at] gmail [dot] com

A thousand disclaimers: I only have my experience of the Writing for Young People course to draw from (class of 2014). I’m not a member of staff and can never hope to be as informed as the infallible Julia Green. Everything is my own opinion and may or may not be influenced by…Continue Reading

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Writing for Young People Q&A: Instruction and Environment

Writing for Young People Q&A: Instruction and Environment

It’s round three of my Q&A session about Bath Spa University’s Master of Arts in Writing for Young People. This section is about the instruction and environment in the classroom, and what to expect during the final third term of the course. Enjoy!

You can see more posts in the series under the Q&A tag!

As always, feel free to reach out with more questions by contacting me at: alyssamhollingsworth [at] gmail [dot] com

A thousand disclaimers: I only have my experience of the Writing for Young People course to draw from (class of 2014). I’m not a member of staff and can never hope to be as informed as the infallible Julia Green. Everything is my…Continue Reading

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A Novel Idea: Blurbs

Click the pictures to see them full-size (and read the full blurbs).

I’m taking a quick break from the Q&A series to participate in A Novel Idea. Yes, I’m talking about my own projects quite a lot here lately – mostly because that’s what my life currently revolves around! The Eleventh Trade is back with my agent now, and I’m busily editing away at Illuminate (and having entirely too much fun rediscovering the story after a nine month break).

Here’s the Novel Idea prompt for this week:

What would the back cover of your novel say? Try to make it as intriguing as possible. Remember, this is all readers have when trying to decide if they’re going to read your book or not. Do the best you can to convince a hypothetical reader to pick up your book.

Since I had already written blurbs (it’s one of my favorite things to do early in a writing project, oddly), I got a bit ambitious and made them into fun graphics. Illuminate and The Eleventh Trade are currently my top priorities, but I threw in Blessings and Popinjay for funsies. I didn’t bother with Wake or Heiress Letters (title to be determined??) for now, as they are the farthest off my radar at the moment.

I’m curious – which blurb intrigues you most?

Want to join in? Check out Sky’s original post.

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Writing for Young People Q&A: Classes

Writing for Young People Q&A: Classes

It’s round two of my Q&A session about Bath Spa University’s Master of Arts in Writing for Young People. This section is about the classes (or, in British-speak, “modules”) and what to expect during the first two terms of the course. Enjoy!

You can see more posts in the series under the Q&A tag!

As always, you can reach out with more questions by contacting me at: alyssamhollingsworth [at] gmail [dot] com

A thousand disclaimers: I only have my experience of the Writing for Young People course to draw from (class of 2014). I’m not a member of staff and can never hope to be as informed as the infallible Julia Green. Everything is my own opinion…Continue Reading

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Writing for Young People Q&A: Application Process

Writing for Young People Q&A: Application Process

It’s a well-documented fact that I love the Master of Arts in Writing for Young People program at Bath Spa University (geez, that’s a mouthful). Since posting my 5 Questions to Ask Before You Get a Master’s in Creative Writing entry, I’ve had a steady stream of perspective students reach out with questions about the course. I love chatting with these guys and I’m always excited to get a new email!

A few particularly inquisitive students graciously gave me permission to share part of our exchange in a sort of Q&A for other perspective students out there. It got quite intense, so I’ve broken the post into five sections. (Find them under the Q&A tag as they…Continue Reading

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Beautiful People: Perl

Beautiful People: Perl

Before we kick off the Q&A series, I wanted to do an exercise in Beautiful People! And since I’m back in revisions for Illuminate while my agent evaluates The Eleventh Trade, the character I’ll be talking about is Perl. I need to refresh my memory.

What is Beautiful People?

Beautiful People is a blog meme hosted by Sky @ Further Up and Further In and Cait @ Paper Fury. Every month, they post ten questions to help writers get to know their characters better. I haven’t done it before, but I’ve wanted to for a while now! (Mostly to share pretty pictures. Shhh.)

How do I join?

Just jump in! Snag the June questions (this month is all about your character’s childhood),…Continue Reading

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The Eleventh Trade: Moodboard

 

Farewell music! Even your sweetest tunes are best kept silent
The Taliban on the edge of the village have stilled all lips

When the Taliban invaded Afghanistan, Sami lost everything — everything except his grandfather, and the rebab.

Sami and his grandfather make a new life in Boston. But one day when Sami is playing the rebab at a T station, a teenager snatches the instrument and jumps on the T. The doors snap shut, and the rebab is gone.

When Sami finds it again in a pawnshop, the shopkeeper won’t return the instrument, but he offers to hold it. The only problem: The rebab costs $700, and Sami has no money.

Thirty days is all Sami has to raise $700 — and if he can’t, he’ll lose the last remnant of his old life, and break his grandfather’s heart forever.

Every musician who adjusts the pegs of the rebab:
His tuning burns my heart.

– Rahman Baba, Afghan poet

Instrumental Playlist :: Normal Playlist

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New Look! Plus Writing News!

New Look! Plus Writing News!

It’s been a bit quiet here. Why, you ask? Because I have been up to my ears in writing deadlines!

Once upon a time, my agent Amber Caraveo asked me to send her information on my other projects. Among other things, I sent her the synopsis and first few chapters of (what was then called) The Great Tanboor Trade. She loved it… like, a lot.

Like, she sort of wondered if it should be my debut level of a lot.

After having a 24-hour panic attack/identity crisis (“Me? Writing middle grade contemporary? MEE??”), I agreed to do a speed-draft of it so that we could see how it stood next to Illuminate. So in January, February,…Continue Reading

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Magic Metadata: Using Scrivener for Drafting and Revising

Magic Metadata: Using Scrivener for Drafting and Revising

Scrivener metadata is one of my favorite not-so-secret tricks when it comes to drafting and revising.

I’ve seen some posts about the metadata options Scrivener offers, but none of them use it the way I do, so I thought I’d add to the noise.

For a person who likes to be crazy-levels of organized, this is a lifesaver on both ends of the writing process. But even if you don’t consider yourself borderline fiendishly obsessed with lists and colors, there are ways to adapt my insanity to the flexibility your methods (or lack thereof) require.

(This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and end up buying something,…Continue Reading

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