Friday, October 31, 2014

Can You Write a Novel in 30 Days?

November is National Novel Writing Month! (AKA NaNoWriMo) If you're participating, regardless of whether you are partaking yourself or encouraging your students to challenge themselves, HarperAcademic will be here holding your hand through the whole painful (just kiddingfun!!) process.

HarperCollins is lucky to have a whole heap of amazingly helpful books for writers, and throughout the month I will recommend books such as Stanley Fish's How to Write a Sentence and The Elements of Story by Francis Flaherty to help and encourage you.

With inspirational quotes (and maybe a little tough love), I will support your crazy endeavor to write 50,000 words in 30 days! I know 50,000 words can seem daunting but that's why we made you this nifty chart

Use our chart to track your progress and when you hit 50,000 words tweet us a picture like the one below to show off your success. On December 2nd, four randomly selected winners will receive a bundle of five HarperCollins titles to serve as inspiration for re-writes! Be sure to follow us at @HarperAcademic and use #HCNaNoWriMo (try saying that ten times fast!).

So what are you waiting for? Go print out your HarperAcademic chart and get writing!

4 people will receive a bundle of 5 HarperCollins titles (How to Write a Sentence, The Elements of Story, On Writing Well, Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, and The Art of the Novel). Offer is valid in the US only. Books will be shipped to US addresses only. Offer will expire on 12/1/2014. All winners will be notified by 12/2/2014.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Get Your Students Involved with the Profile in Courage Essay Contest!

The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation invites U.S. high school students to participate in The Profile in Courage Essay Contest. Students are asked to write an essay on an act of political courage by a U.S. elected official who served during or after 1956. The John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest challenges students to grapple with the big ideas in Kennedy's Profiles in Courage: "What is political courage? Which elected officials have risked their careers to take a stand for what is right?" With important themes and an opportunity to combine social studies and English courses, this annual contest is a wonderful way to turn an essay assignment into an opportunity for meaningful reflection, rigorous research and effecting writing. 

The foundation's website is filled with helpful information for teachers and tips for preparing and writing a winning essay.

Your students will find inspiring stories in John F. Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning Profiles in Courage.

The first-place winner receives $10,000. Contest deadline: January 5, 2015. For more information on the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation and the Profile in Courage Essay Contest click here!

Monday, October 20, 2014

How the Invention of Fire Paved the Way to the Atom Bomb!

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is making waves with his revolutionary approach to the history of humankind. In his upcoming book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Dr. Harari goes in depth to discuss some of his most provocative statements about humanity and its dominance. In the video below Dr. Harari explains how the invention of fire moved humans up the food chain and paved the way for the Atom Bomb. 

See a brief teaser for Sapiens (on sale 2/10) below!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

OUR TOWN opens today in New Haven, CT

Long Wharf Theatre in New Haven, CT opens its 50th Anniversary season with Thornton Wilder's classic Our Town. The show will be directed by Gordon Edelstein, run until November 2nd and Tappan Wilder will host a talk-back following tomorrow night's performance! 

If you would like to attend the talk or another performance you can buy your tickets online here or call the Long Wharf Theatre at 203-787-4282.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Top 5 Non Fiction Books for Teens and Tweens!

Homeschooling expert Kathy Ceceri recently published a list of the "Top Nonfiction Picks for Teens and Tweens" to use in homeschooling. Keneth C. Davis' Don't Know Much About Mythology and Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner's Freakonomics made the list! 

See more on this list here.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The College of Saint Rose to Host Marc Spitz, author of TWEE

Frequency North, the visiting writers reading series at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, has added a talk by Marc Spitz—author of Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music,Books, Television, Fashion, and Film—to  their “aggressively eclectic” lineup of events.

Twee is the definitive history of the hugely prevalent, old-fashioned and yet highly modern “twee” movement. Focusing on its origins and hallmarks, Spitz charts the rise of this trend from its forefathers like Disney, Salinger, Plath, Seuss, Sendak, Blume, and Jonathan Richman, to its underground roots in the post-punk United Kingdom, through the late 80s and early 90s of K Records, Whit Stillman, Nirvana, Wes Anderson, Pitchfork, This American Life, and Belle and Sebastian, to the current (and sometimes polarizing) appeal of Girls, Arcade Fire, Rookie magazine, and

Here are the details for Marc’s visit (which is, like all Frequency North events, open to the public)
When: 7:30 pm, Thursday, November 6
Where: The College of Saint Rose, Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium, 985 Madison Ave., Albany, NY

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS is now Common Core Ready!

Our free Common Core-aligned Teacher's Guide for Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie is now available!