I had trouble pin-pointing a topic for my blog this week. I was going to write about National Short Story Month – I am as surprised as you. But then my mind and writing shifted to my ever-present need to define young adult literature in my own life and for the literary world - [...]
By Kirsten Rice
He’s talking again, saying crazy things about packing the car and leaving town. So I tell him, “No, Grandpa, you can’t leave right now, just drink your tea.” And I go get Mom.
Grandpa’s house is weird now, without Grandma and almost without him, so it feels like I’m trespassing [...]
The “Innovations in Reading Prize” that YARN recently received (Thank you, National Book Foundation!) has gotten me thinking about, well, innovations. I don’t want to be a downer at such a happy time for YARN, but I’m actually struggling right now with some of the reading and writing innovations in my own classrooms. This semester [...]
By Julie K. Shavin
I like men
who provide food for thought.
They are rare, though,
at best, medium rare.
When you’re a writer, a lot of people are going to be mean to you in various forms: agents and editors are going to say no and often imply that your writing sucks, peers in creative writing classes are going to tell you point-blank that your writing sucks, and your mother/husband/bff might sometimes think you suck for spending so much of your “free” time alone in front of the computer [...]
Ta-da! Here is the excerpt we’ve all been waiting for–the first chapters of Allen Zadoff’s novel, “My Life, the Theater, and Other Tragedies.” And YARN is the only place on the Internet where you can read it. The novel will be released on May 10, but here’s a tantilizing first taste [...]