BLOG BREAK Sisters, Sofas and Story Sacks

Nick Cross presents his fortnightly selection of must-read blogs.

It's rare that we get the chance to sit in on other writers' events, but Liz Flanagan has given us the next best thing with this blog post. After being invited to the Brontë Parsonage Museum, Liz delivered what sounds like a fascinating writing workshop to girls aged 12-16. The spirit of the Brontë sisters lives on.

Do writers ever take an actual holiday? Natascha Biebow certainly seems to have crammed her recent Pennsylvania trip with lots of writerly activities, and even her reading was for research purposes, as she tells us in a post for Picture Book Den.

YA writer Kathryn Evans is thinking about reading as a research activity too, in a Notes from the Slushpile post filled with insights about her recent journey into the world of chapter books.

I'm delighted to see that Sally Poyton has put on her thinking cap and got out her crafting supplies to make a new story sack! This one is based around Rob Biddulph's Odd Dog Out, and includes lots of games and activities to engage young readers.

Critique groups are both a creative boon and a potential minefield of misunderstandings. Leila Nabih shares a list of clear and straightforward critique group rules that will hopefully serve to make the experience a positive one.

What do a sofa and a spiral staircase have to do with authors, writing, or books? Let Hilary Hawkes explain in a post for Awfully Big Blog Adventure.


*Feature image: Blog Break logo by Melany Pietersen

Nick Cross is Words & Pictures' Blog Network Editor. He is an Undiscovered Voices winner and 2015 honours recipient of the SCBWI Magazine Merit Award for fiction.

Nick also blogs for Notes from the Slushpile. His most recent blog post finds him Doing the Time Warp.

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