Posted on December 3, 2013 by Kaz Silvestri
Now available in print and digital.
There are some truly powerful stories in this first edition of What’s Your Story?
This anthology brings together the work of a group of special people who had the courage to not only write down their memories, but to share them with the world. We are pleased to bring you this collection of stories telling about special people, trials and triumphs, firsts and favorites, and overcoming adversities. We hope you enjoy these stories and are encouraged to write down your own life stories.
Getting Ready for Next Year!
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Head on over to the workshops tab and sign up for the FREE online workshop…any of the short assignments there will give you enough for a submission to next years anthology!
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Posted on November 22, 2013 by Kaz Silvestri
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This omnibus edition contains the first 5 episodes of the Time Card Series.
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The Time Card series follows the adventures and fortunes of three friends – Blue, Jesse, and Ellie – as they use the contents of their newly found case to travel to diverse and exotic places. Their middle school studies come alive as they interact with historical figures of their country and the world, while at the same time struggling to not change the timeline or upset the course of history. Trying to hide the case from present day bullies, the friends try to stay one step ahead of their arch enemies Ryan Johnson and Jake Barker, not to mention sinister otherworld forces that are determined to find the time card.
Join the kids as they explore new worlds, battle bullies, deal with family issues, and ultimately try to save the world. Each episode of The Time Card is aimed at young readers as short stories that can be read in a single sitting. As English teachers, we are always on the lookout for stories that our students (middle/high school) are interested in reading. We’ve found that most young readers (heck, even many adults!) who are reluctant to read balk at long stories. We really wanted to offer them short, engaging fiction stories, so we created The Time Card series. Anyone will enjoy the stories while learning about history, dealing with social situations, and improving vocabulary and reading skills.
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Posted on November 21, 2013 by Kaz Silvestri
I’ve read well over a 100 books this year (despite my Goodreads feed saying I’ve only read 10!). It seems that I have spent this year reading books that are – well, mindless for the most part. They are great stories, and I recommend many of them, but a good 3/4 of them are simply entertaining stories. For me anyway. Lots of memoir, lots of historical novels, and A LOT of post-apocalyptic stories.
When I look back over the list of books that I’ve read, I got to thinking which of those books had the most impact on me? Which of those books made me want to WRITE? Because without a doubt, certain books just get inside me and get my fingers itching to write my own story. Granted, I have no idea what that story is yet, but all the same, these books resonate with something deep inside me. Is it because they are written in a style that is closest to my own style? Closest to my own voice?
At any rate, the following list is a compilation of books I’ve read this year (and a few from the distant past) that have awakened the urge in me to write. My new year’s resolution is to read more of these books that move me. And, of course, to start writing! If I were going to teach a creative writing class, these are the books I would have my students read.
Not all of these books (maybe none of them) will be books that you want to read. My style is not for everyone. But if you see one book on here that you very much enjoyed, then you will probably enjoy the others. These are not arranged in any particular order. If you asked me for my favorite – the one that really makes me want to get writing, I would have to say Godforsaken Idaho.
What book (or books) make you want to write? Leave me a comment.
Happy reading – and happy writing!
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Posted on November 20, 2013 by Kaz Silvestri
I am sorry to report that the Memoir Anthology is running behind schedule. I am waiting on the final edit. I’m sure that all of you contributors want to see the book be the best it can be, so I’m sure you’ll give me a tiny grace period. I anticipate the book to be released no later than Friday afternoon! I’ll keep you posted, Karen
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