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October 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 October Four on 400!

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September 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) and encouragement in the comments section below. MG Steampunk Fantasy, … Continue reading September Four on 400 Feedback!

Four on 400 in bold red on a background of text

September 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 September Four on 400!

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A Winged Pen Round-Up: 7 Best Tips for Writing Sprints

A sprint is a timed exercise for writers, usually used to get lots of words onto the page. Today, six of our Winged Pen members give their 7 best sprinting tips. Let it fly! Laurel Decher: Chris Fox’s 5,000 Words Per Hour reminded me that it isn’t always about getting more words or the right voice. I made myself a doodle: 1. I want to … Continue reading A Winged Pen Round-Up: 7 Best Tips for Writing Sprints

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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

Featured: FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME

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 FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME by Mariama J. Lockington. Eleven-year-old Makeda is black. The family that adopted her is white. When people see Makeda with her white sister or parents, they look back and forth between … Continue reading Featured: FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME

Featured: MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY

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 MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY by debut author Gail D. Villanueva.  When a giant black butterfly lands on her, Sab knows her life is over. Black butterflies are an omen of death according to … Continue reading Featured: MY FATE ACCORDING TO THE BUTTERFLY

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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