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December 19, 2020

Photo: Darius Baužys, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It looks like we’ve all got some more indoors time heading our way. I thought I might, over the next few months, share some of the prompts I’ve been giving my students in Creative Writing.

If we gotta hunker, we might as well write.

This month we’ve been writing calligrammes, aka concrete poems. Here’s a charming and quick introduction to Guillaume Apollinaire, who did not invent the concrete poem but most certainly perfected it.

Take a look, for example, at his

Photo: Darius Baužys, CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

It looks like we’ve all got some more indoors time heading our way. I thought I might, over the next few months, share some of the prompts I’ve been giving my students in Creative Writing.

If we gotta hunker, we might as well write.

This month we’ve been writing calligrammes, aka concrete poems. Here’s a charming and quick introduction to Guillaume Apollinaire, who did not invent the concrete poem but most certainly perfected it.

Take a look, for example, at his

Pink’s is for medievalists

March 25, 2017

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

Pink’s is for medievalists

March 25, 2017

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

First I got to talk about This is Not a Werewolf Story with a bunch of people who love medieval literature as much as I do, then I got to go to Pink’s. Best long weekend ever, thanks to the Medieval Association of the Pacific, Loyola Marymount University, and my fellow panelists Jes Battis and Kim Zarins. Who knew there were so many of us writing YA works inspired by our scholarship?

How to catch an escaped snake. #ThisisNotaWerewolfStory @sandraevans111! @beckvalleybooks

December 1, 2016

Today Beck Valley Books is touring This is Not a Werewolf Story with page 4 of the Special Holiday Edition Newsletter, full of useful advice on how to catch escaped (and only mildly venomous) snakes, and ways to improve a diet too heavy in amphibians.  Enter to win a free copy of the book + swag.

Today Beck Valley Books is touring This is Not a Werewolf Story with page 4 of the Special Holiday Edition Newsletter, full of useful advice on how to catch escaped (and only mildly venomous) snakes, and ways to improve a diet too heavy in amphibians.  Enter to win a free copy of the book + swag.

Giveaway + Newsletter from This is Not a Werewolf Story

November 29, 2016

One of Our Kind Boarding School’s Holidays Special Edition of the school newsletter will have you guessing! Who is Anonymous Advice Person? What advice does Sparrow get with regard to the brain eating bugs? (And which distracted teacher at that school is letting five year olds stay up late to watch Dr. Who?) What’s on the lunch menu and has anyone spotted that cougar?  Follow the TINAWS blog tour from Prism Book Tours and every day you’ll get another page from the school newsletter.  And don’t forget to enter the drawing to get a free book + swag.  

One of Our Kind Boarding School’s Holidays Special Edition of the school newsletter will have you guessing! Who is Anonymous Advice Person? What advice does Sparrow get with regard to the brain eating bugs? (And which distracted teacher at that school is letting five year olds stay up late to watch Dr. Who?) What’s on the lunch menu and has anyone spotted that cougar?  Follow the TINAWS blog tour from Prism Book Tours and every day you’ll get another page from the school newsletter.  And don’t forget to enter the drawing to get a free book + swag.  

Giveaway + Newsletter from This is Not a Werewolf Story

November 29, 2016

One of Our Kind Boarding School’s Holidays Special Edition of the school newsletter will have you guessing! Who is Anonymous Advice Person? What advice does Sparrow get with regard to the brain eating bugs? (And which distracted teacher at that school is letting five year olds stay up late to watch Dr. Who?) What’s on the lunch menu and has anyone spotted that cougar?  Follow the TINAWS blog tour from Prism Book Tours and every day you’ll get another page from the school newsletter.  And don’t forget to enter the drawing to get a free book + swag.  

One of Our Kind Boarding School’s Holidays Special Edition of the school newsletter will have you guessing! Who is Anonymous Advice Person? What advice does Sparrow get with regard to the brain eating bugs? (And which distracted teacher at that school is letting five year olds stay up late to watch Dr. Who?) What’s on the lunch menu and has anyone spotted that cougar?  Follow the TINAWS blog tour from Prism Book Tours and every day you’ll get another page from the school newsletter.  And don’t forget to enter the drawing to get a free book + swag.  

Dogs of all ages will devour This is Not a Werewolf Story

August 3, 2016

Clearly Sandra Evans knows what dogs like. Running for no reason. Strong odors in embarrassing places.  Things that could be plastic or could be meat. The whoosh of a fridge door opening. Big men on their knees asking stupid questions in ridiculous voices. Eating forbidden foodstuffs–like chocolate and grapes and poop. There’s all of that and much much more in This is Not a Werewolf Story.  Small bone to pick–not all dogs like sticks.  5 stars from Bingo the Death Row Dog.

I was pulling Legos out from under the couch when I came across a wadded up, half chewed sheet of paper. Bingo has been working on blocking his colon with pulp for a few years...

Clearly Sandra Evans knows what dogs like. Running for no reason. Strong odors in embarrassing places.  Things that could be plastic or could be meat. The whoosh of a fridge door opening. Big men on their knees asking stupid questions in ridiculous voices. Eating forbidden foodstuffs–like chocolate and grapes and poop. There’s all of that and much much more in This is Not a Werewolf Story.  Small bone to pick–not all dogs like sticks.  5 stars from Bingo the Death Row Dog.

I was pulling Legos out from under the couch when I came across a wadded up, half chewed sheet of paper. Bingo has been working on blocking his colon with pulp for a few years...

Don’t need publicist; have family

July 11, 2016

My sister, my nephew, and my mom and dad have been careening through the mean streets of Bellingham, hanging up posters for the Village Books launch party. They sent me this photo because we all think this whole thing is just too cool.  If you can’t make it to the party (although I don’t know why any rational creature would pass on cookies and cake), you can still pre-order a book through Village Books and I’ll sign it for you at the event and Village Books will mail it to you. It will be like you were there. Except you weren’t. And of course, you didn’t get the cake.  So come to the party and have your cake and your...

My sister, my nephew, and my mom and dad have been careening through the mean streets of Bellingham, hanging up posters for the Village Books launch party. They sent me this photo because we all think this whole thing is just too cool.  If you can’t make it to the party (although I don’t know why any rational creature would pass on cookies and cake), you can still pre-order a book through Village Books and I’ll sign it for you at the event and Village Books will mail it to you. It will be like you were there. Except you weren’t. And of course, you didn’t get the cake.  So come to the party and have your cake and your...

Don’t need publicist; have family

July 11, 2016

My sister, my nephew, and my mom and dad have been careening through the mean streets of Bellingham, hanging up posters for the Village Books launch party. They sent me this photo because we all think this whole thing is just too cool.  If you can’t make it to the party (although I don’t know why any rational creature would pass on cookies and cake), you can still pre-order a book through Village Books and I’ll sign it for you at the event and Village Books will mail it to you. It will be like you were there. Except you weren’t. And of course, you didn’t get the cake.  So come to the party and have your cake and your...

My sister, my nephew, and my mom and dad have been careening through the mean streets of Bellingham, hanging up posters for the Village Books launch party. They sent me this photo because we all think this whole thing is just too cool.  If you can’t make it to the party (although I don’t know why any rational creature would pass on cookies and cake), you can still pre-order a book through Village Books and I’ll sign it for you at the event and Village Books will mail it to you. It will be like you were there. Except you weren’t. And of course, you didn’t get the cake.  So come to the party and have your cake and your...