Author Archives: Larissa Graham

Part Two: Creating Strong Villains

What makes a story great?  There are a multitude of answers to that question: the premise, the writing, the protagonist, the setting, etc…  But, I have a confession. What makes me stay up all night turning the pages is the … Continue reading

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Part One: Creating Strong Characters

Here’s a question for everyone who writes, illustrates, and is in any way involved in the shaping of a child’s perspective: do you feel responsible for creating characters that dispel misconceptions and stereotypes?  More and more, my answer is yes. … Continue reading

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Five Ways Real Life Makes Your Writing Better

Laura Bowers recently posted the submission guidelines for guest contributions to the As the Eraser Burns blog.  Specifically, she gave examples of topics we’d like to see.  Several of her suggestions inspired me to make changes to my own upcoming … Continue reading

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Announcement-Upcoming Events

  Here’s an event for all of you Delaware members and those of you looking for a reason to take a road trip. What:  Hockessin Art and Book Fair– A celebration of local independent and self published writers and other feature … Continue reading

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Plotting, the Synopsis, and Technology

I’ve been thinking a lot about the tools that could make our lives as writers and illustrators easier.  With the dismal reality that creating is often a poorly compensated way to make a living, I have been looking for ways … Continue reading

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Tomie de Paola Illustrator Award

Thank goodness spring has actually sprung.  I was getting pretty irritated with the winter and its persistence.  But, in my frustration with all things winter, I completely forgot how busy the spring season can be.  The next six weeks are … Continue reading

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Resources for Writers and Illustrators

I admit that I wasn’t feeling my best at this year’s spring conference.  A nasty case of bronchitis sapped my energy and left me recovering for weeks.  But, one of my goals was to ask members about our blog,  As … Continue reading

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Crystal Kite Award Nominations- A Congratulations to our Regional Members

SCBWI has been a great source of inspiration to me over the last several years.  I feel blessed to live in a region that is so rich with talent.  At the conferences, I’ve been able to connect with authors, illustrators, … Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Leslea Newman

The MD/DE/WV region of SCBWI is honored to have Lesléa Newman as a presenter at our March 29th conference- Spring: Nature’s Revised Draft.  Our talented and fearless lead blogger, Laura Bowers, posted this interview in the fall and I thought … Continue reading

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Pre-Conference Polishing

There’s no doubt that this is a tough time for artists and writers. That’s why I’m trying to take hold of all the positive opportunities that come my way this year.  One of those opportunities is the upcoming conference and, … Continue reading

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