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Monday, 18 January 2016

It was one of those serendipitous moments. My friend, poet and educator J.C. Elkin. was asking about my debut children’s novel, THE LAST FIFTH GRADE OF EMERSON ELEMENTARY. “So, what’s it about?” This, fellow writers, is a question that strikes fear into the hearts of many novelists. As soon as these words fall from someone’s […]

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Sometimes, when I’m having an extrovert day, I strike up conversations with random people. “How do you do that,” my fellow introverts might ask? My background in journalism helps. When I was freelancing for the Baltimore Sun, I learned on the job how to ask questions that encourage people to talk about themselves. (The answer, […]

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Hey, Writerly Friends. February is almost here. You know what that means. It’s time for our annual daily writing workout! For the past three years — in order to practice writing and give something back to others during my birthday month — my blog has hosted a big poetry project. In 2013, I wrote every […]

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Laura Shovan

Laura Shovan is the author of the award-winning middle grade novel, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Her second book, Takedown, is a Junior Library Guild and PJ Our Way selection. Look for A Place at the Table, co-written with Saadia Faruqi, in 2020. Laura is a poet-in-the-schools Maryland.

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