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Learning from Caldecott Winners

I’ve been writing quite a few newsletters of late, some of them in support of our awesome upcoming illustration course, which is going to be quite the game-changer for students brave enough to join us. I am incredibly excited about the incredibly innovative new techniques that we’ll be...

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A Few Good Tools to Help Make Your Writing Life More Magical

A Few Good Tools to Help Make Your Writing Life More Magical There is no end to the tools a magician uses to create moments of mystery and magic. Cards, coins, and magic wands are just the beginning. Each tool, of course, has its benefits and limitations, but knowing which tools can help, and...

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Beautiful Injured Illustrator's Guest Post

Rescuing the Survivors by Chantelle Thorne (Intro from Mira) I met and fell in love with Chantelle and Burgen several years ago when they were students in an illustration course that I co-taught here at the Academy. Over the years we've stayed in touch as their careers blossomed and I was able...

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​IT’S ALL ABOUT -- WRITING WITH GRATITUDE

IT’S ALL ABOUT -- WRITING WITH GRATITUDE Many people use gratitude practices in their daily lives to celebrate large and small victories, help move past obstacles, and feel connected to themselves and others. Here are a few tips for starting a writing gratitude practice. You can take note of...

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An Oldie But a Goody by Sarah Momo Romero

In honor of holiday season, here is a repost by Sarah Momo Romero about a delightful and hungry-making book. Bon Apetit! A Feast for the Eyes (and the tummy!) Every year, I find that the holiday season seems to creep up on me faster each year. I want to slow down and savor the moments, and the...

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From Idea to Draft

Over the past year, I’ve written several posts about finding ideas. Following up on my ruminations on cultivating your creative spark, this month, I’m focusing on the top five considerations for turning those ideas into drafts. In other words, how do we move from inspiration to manuscript? 1....

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Good Writing Doesn’t Happen by Magic

Dai Vernon used to stand in front of a mirror and practice his moves over and over again, perfecting each movement. It was that work which earned the late magician the reputation of being the greatest sleight of hand magician in history. Vernon knew that creating a magical moment takes more than...

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2 Magical Books - Zombies Dont Eat Veggies and the Real Farmer in the Dell • HELPING OUR OWN & a FREE Illustration course

Find out about: 2 Magical Books - Zombies Don't Eat Veggies and the Real Farmer in the Dell • Help for injured illustrators • FREE illustration course As you've most likely gathered by now, I love my students very much. Here are two books from 5 extraordinary creatives who I've been fortunate...

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Kids Need Books that Show It’s Okay to Be Yourself

They say imitation is the best form of flattery, and nowhere is that truer than in the world of magic. Many of the best magicians have built their entire careers around the performing material created and perfected by magicians who came before them. Still, I wouldn’t dare don a dragon suit and...

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It's All About...Fall Writing Prompts

While it’s still technically the summer season in New York where I live, for me it’s back-to-school time for my children. And that means it’s back to my regular writing routine. Writing and revising beckon, but I’ll also be setting aside time for brainstorming ideas. The following writing...

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