Friday, November 1, 2013

Free November 1st 5 Pages Workshop w/ Mentor Stephanie Kuehn

Stephanie Kuehn, the author of the fabulous book CHARM AND STRANGE, is going to be our guest mentor for November. How wonderful is that, right? 

Stephanie grew up in Berkeley, California, which is a quirky sort of a place with a ton of wonderful bookstores. Her very first job was working in one of those bookstores, and she's' been a freakishly avid reader for as long as she can remember. Back then, some of the books that had the greatest impact on her life were young adult novels, and now, as an adult, she's found her own passion in writing books for teens.

Other passions of hers include mental health advocacy, social justice, and sports of all kinds. When she's not writing or reading (or studying for graduate school), she's usually outside running or playing with her family. She currently lives in Northern California with her husband, three kids, and their menagerie of pets. Life is loud, joyous, and filled with animal hair.

If you'd like to be included in the workshop, please read the rules:

Then submit the first 1250 words of your manuscript at noon tomorrow, November 2nd. Entries will be posted at noon on Monday. We'll go through three rounds, and hopefully, your manuscript will be in fabulous shape for you to keep going.

And of course, if you haven't read CHARM AND STRANGE yet, what are you waiting for? Did I mention it's wonderful?

Find Stephanie on her website, on YA Highway, and on Twitter as @StephKuehn.


When you’ve been kept caged iCScovern the dark, it’s impossible to see the forest for the trees. It’s impossible to see anything, really. Not without bars . . .
Andrew Winston Winters is at war with himself.
He’s part Win, the lonely teenager exiled to a remote Vermont boarding school in the wake of a family tragedy. The guy who shuts all his classmates out, no matter the cost.
He’s part Drew, the angry young boy with violent impulses that control him. The boy who spent a fateful, long-ago summer with his brother and teenage cousins, only to endure a secret so monstrous it led three children to do the unthinkable.
Over the course of one night, while stuck at a party deep in the New England woods, Andrew battles both the pain of his past and the isolation of his present. Before the sun rises, he’ll either surrender his sanity to the wild darkness inside his mind or make peace with the most elemental of truths—that choosing to live can mean so much more than not dying.

Two years ago, fifteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.
But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.
Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know this one simple truth: she’s not the crazy one and never has been.
He is.

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