At the Boom Site: Creative Writing - Part 2

Student writer Nora sings a song from her musical, Amanda's poetry inspires and Sophie shares a deeply personal narrative. St. Croix Prep's staff speak on a developing a writer's routine and ponder the future of creative writing in our nation.

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Twenty-four students participated in The Shire's summer creative writing intensive for the Boom Site

Twenty-four students participated in The Shire's summer creative writing intensive for the Boom Site

Alan Frechtman on the Creative Radio Team

Alan Frechtman reminisces about his decades of experience working on Prairie Home Companion and the lessons learned on creating sound effects, characters, and vocal acting for a radio play-podcast. Originally aired on Voices in the Valley in April of 2016.

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Alan Frechtman teaches a sound effects class to The Shire's Audio Drama Team

Alan Frechtman teaches a sound effects class to The Shire's Audio Drama Team

How to Write a Television Script with Dina Chapman

LA screenwriter and producer Dina Chapman shares her industry experience with Steph, explains the ins and outs of writing for episodic tv with HUSH writers Emma and Lee, and dialogues on how it might be applied to audio scripts.  Dina also discusses “Still the King” and “His Wives and Daughters”, shows on CMT.

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9. How to Write a Novel: Tracy Maurer on Publishing Your Story

Tracy Maurer identifies the difference between the trade and school industry, provides tips on the submission process, and gives advice on finding the right publisher for your novel. Tracy Maurer has written over 100 books, many of them award winning, including JOHN DEERE, THAT'S WHO!, NOAH WEBSTER'S FIGHTING WORDS, and STORM CODES.

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AnnaClare, Aurora and Tracy Maurer talk publishing

AnnaClare, Aurora and Tracy Maurer talk publishing

7. How to Write a Novel: Brian Freeman on Working with an Editor

Best selling psychological suspense author Brian Freeman remembers back to the start of his writing career and highlights the role of the editor in his success.  Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers sold all over the world. SPILLED BLOOD won the award for  Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. Other winners of this award have included authors Lisa Gardner, John Sandford, and Stephen King.

Brian Freeman at KLBB

Brian Freeman at KLBB

1. How to Write a Novel: Jacqueline West on Developing a Writing Routine

The hardest part of writing is, well, actually sitting down to write. New York Times bestselling author Jacqueline West shares how she stays disciplined and details what strategies she uses to maintain a consistent writing schedule. Jacqueline West is the New York Times bestselling author of the award winning middle grade series THE BOOKS OF ELSEWHERE and the the young adult title DREAMERS OFTEN LIE. 

Student hosts Rebecca and Jill interview Jacqueline West on her writing routine strategies

Student hosts Rebecca and Jill interview Jacqueline West on her writing routine strategies