Writing Dialogue

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Hello Young Authors! This week we are taking a look at one of the ways that authors reveal character: Dialogue. We learn a lot about characters by analyzing what they say, and how they say it. Read the following example of dialogue:

“You shouldn’t have,” Mary said, scowling and pulling her shawl tighter around her.

“Why not? You’re a wonderful singer! I heard you singing in the garden and thought it was amazing – like a bird, only more beautiful,” said Andrea, smiling.

“But I’ve never sang in front of anyone, before … not if I knew they were there! I’ll choke! I’ll freeze up! I’ll … I’ll die!”

What can we learn about Mary and Andrea’s characters through this dialogue? What do we learn from the “speaker tags” (the phrases that come outside the quotation marks.)

Your challenge this week in your journals is to write a whole conversation between two very different characters.

Writing Contest for Children.

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Looking for a fun way to encourage your kids to write? Andrea Bergstein of Scribblitt, Rachel Jonas Gilman of Yoobi, and Rachael Voorhees of The Molina Foundation have an idea for you. Read on.

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Welcome to the Young Author’s Club, 2015

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Hello Young Authors!

This week we are talking about Character development. What is a story without it’s characters? The whole plot revolves around them! Our challenge is to create characters that are realistic, with strengths and flaws. Does your character like to read? Does he/she hate eating spinach? Does he/she live on Mars? Only YOU, the author, can make your character come alive!

This week in your journals, you can write a story or scene using the character you have created.

Rememberance Day Poem Submission

We Remember

All those brave young souls
Went to battle,lost their lives
We still remember.

Every November
Is a time to remember
We wear the poppies.

Hopefully one day,
All this world’s hate will be gone
And we’ll be at peace.

The world would be fair
It would be a better place.
All would be happy.

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A Spooky Halloween Poem

Hello Young Author’s Club members! Your challenge this week is to write a poem about Halloween. Remember that poetry does not have to rhyme! Include sensory impressions from all five senses and use interesting or unusual descriptive words. The Art Committee can find or create art to go along with the poems. The Contest committee will choose their favourite three poems to post on the blog.

To get you in the mood, check out this spooky poem excerpt by Emily Dickinson:
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Two Ghosts Converse

I died for beauty, but was scarce
Adjusted in the tomb,
When one who died for truth was lain
In an adjoining room.

He questioned softly why I failed?
‘For beauty,’ I replied.
‘And I for truth, — the two are one;
We brethren are,’ he said.

And so, as kinsmen met at night,
We talked between the rooms,
Until the moss had reached our lips,
And covered up our names.

-Emily Dickinson