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The Super-Spectacular Sparkler Handwriting Slideshow: Part One!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiDecember 7, 2012
We asked for handwriting samples, and boy did you guys pull through! In fact, we got SO MANY submissions that we had... More  →
The Super-Spectacular Sparkler Handwriting Slideshow: Part One!

The Best NaNoWriMo Closing Sentences

By Dan_BergsteinNovember 30, 2012
As the last few hours of National Novel Writing Month tick by, hopefully you have your manuscript in good shape. Now all... More  →
The Best NaNoWriMo Closing Sentences

What's Your Worst Analogy?

By Jennifer GrudzieckiNovember 30, 2012
Analogies can be really good...or they can be really bad. And sometimes they can be so bad that they're really, really good.... More  →
What's Your Worst Analogy?

5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 30, 2012
"The teen voice is not stupidity," YA author Robin Wasserman said to a crowd of aspiring writers and voracious readers at Brooklyn's... More  →
5 Awesome YA Authors Invaded Brooklyn This Week. Here's What They Said...

College Applications: Using Metaphors Effectively

By Valerie BurnNovember 30, 2012
Metaphors and similes are a part of any writer’s toolkit, and can transform a basic essay into a great story. However, it's... More  →
College Applications: Using Metaphors Effectively

Let's Help This Sparkler with Her Life Story!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiNovember 21, 2012
College essay prompt: There may be personal information you want considered as part of your admissions application. Write an essay describing that... More  →
Let's Help This Sparkler with Her Life Story!

We Want to See Your Handwriting!

By Jennifer GrudzieckiNovember 19, 2012
Have you ever noticed how cool handwriting is? No? Well, we have. And we want to see yours! That's right, Sparklers, we... More  →
We Want to See Your Handwriting!

Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

By Brandon SpecktorNovember 19, 2012
Ernest Hemingway, who shot at German soldiers and wild lions on the regular, was onto something with his short, aggressive sentences. There's power... More  →
Let's Give This Sparkler's Tree-Climbing Essay a Lift

The Most Fun Book Festival In the History of Book Festivals

By Kathryn_WilliamsNovember 15, 2012
Jalapeño Poppers, Last weekend I attended what was, without a doubt, the most fun book festival ever in the history of book festivals.... More  →
The Most Fun Book Festival In the History of Book Festivals

Does Fan Fiction Make for a Great College Essay?

By Lex LuthorNovember 12, 2012
Whoosh! Reading this essay was like getting in the way-back machine! I remember answering this same prompt for my common app schools... More  →
Does Fan Fiction Make for a Great College Essay?