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August Four on 400 Feedback!

Thank you to all the brave souls who entered this month’s Four on 400 contest! Sharing your writing takes courage, and we appreciate your enthusiasm for our contest. Below, we’ve posted the first 400 words from this month’s winner, along with feedback from at least four of our members. We also encourage our readers to share their (constructive) suggestions and encouragement in the comments section below. HAUNT ME … Continue reading August Four on 400 Feedback!

Interview – Middle grade author Sara Nickerson

Welcome, Sara Nickerson! I’m happy to host you here on The Winged Pen about your new middle grade book, Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club. Let’s dive right in. What a beautiful cover! Where did the inspiration for Last Meeting of the Gorilla Club come from? Yes, the fabulous cover! It was designed by Maria Fazio at Penguin Random House and illustrated by Maeve Norton.  As for the … Continue reading Interview – Middle grade author Sara Nickerson

Featured: GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN

Welcome to Windows & Mirrors, where we feature books that provide us windows to lives outside our own and mirrors to our shared common human experiences. Today we are featuring GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN by Alicia D. Williams. Thirteen-year-old Genesis has a list of 96 things she doesn’t like about herself––the texture of her hair, the darkness of her skin, the fact that her family keeps … Continue reading Featured: GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN

Four on 400 in bold red on a background of text

August Four on 400

Q: What is Four on 400?  A monthly contest that provides ONE LUCKY MG or YA WRITER with feedback on their opening 400 WORDS! As part of our ongoing mission to support writers, we’ll give a MG or YA writer feedback from four of The Winged Pen’s contributors. Q: Sounds exciting! How do I enter? To enter, simply click the link the at the bottom of this post and submit … Continue reading August Four on 400

Four on 400 in bold red on a background of text

July Four on 400 Feedback!

Thank you to all the brave souls who entered this month’s Four on 400 contest! Sharing your writing takes courage, and we appreciate your enthusiasm for our contest. Below, we’ve posted the first 400 words from this month’s winner, along with feedback from at least four of our members. We also encourage our readers to share their (constructive) suggestions and encouragement in the comments section below. WALLS (MG … Continue reading July Four on 400 Feedback!

Four on 400 in bold red on a background of text

July Four on 400

Q: What is Four on 400?  A monthly contest that provides ONE LUCKY MG or YA WRITER with feedback on their opening 400 WORDS! As part of our ongoing mission to support writers, we’ll give a MG or YA writer feedback from four of The Winged Pen’s contributors. Q: Sounds exciting! How do I enter? To enter, simply click the link the at the bottom of this post and submit … Continue reading July Four on 400

June Four on 400 Feedback!

Thank you to all the brave souls who entered this month’s Four on 400 contest! Sharing your writing takes courage, and we appreciate your enthusiasm for our contest. Below, we’ve posted the first 400 words from this month’s winner, along with feedback from at least four of our members. We also encourage our readers to share their (constructive) suggestions and encouragement in the comments section below. MG NOVEL – … Continue reading June Four on 400 Feedback!

The Best Writing Advice

There is SO. MUCH. advice out there for writers. So much. And if you’re a good student, rule-follower like me, you want to follow every bit of advice you can get. But even the best advice in the world might not be the best advice for you. I spent a LONG time getting tripped up by one common piece of writing advice:  Treat writing like a job. … Continue reading The Best Writing Advice

Four on 400 in bold red on a background of text

June Four on 400

Q: What is Four on 400?  A monthly contest that provides ONE LUCKY MG or YA WRITER with feedback on their opening 400 WORDS! As part of our ongoing mission to support writers, we’ll give a MG or YA writer feedback from four of The Winged Pen’s contributors. Q: Sounds exciting! How do I enter? To enter, simply click the link the at the bottom of this post and submit … Continue reading June Four on 400

Recommended: HONEYBEES AND FRENEMIES by Kristi Wientge

Twelve-year-old Flor faces a bittersweet summer with a pageant, a frenemy, and a hive full of honey.

It’s the summer before eighth grade and Flor is stuck at home and working at her family’s mattress store, while her best friend goes off to band camp (probably to make new friends). It becomes even worse when… Continue reading Recommended: HONEYBEES AND FRENEMIES by Kristi Wientge