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Read These 5 Books On Writing In Lieu of Spending $40,000 On An MFA

Back in the pre-Internet days, if you wanted to land an agent and a book deal you had two choices: spend a million dollars on postage cold-querying …


Jackie French on writing for children: 'We owe it to kids not to depress them'

The author, who writes for both children and adults, says kids are more deeply interested in moral issues – and get extremely upset if injustice rules<p>When I was nine, for the briefest of moments, Australian author Jackie French was my pen pal. I’d just finished Beyond the Boundaries and had only …


10 Things to Blog About When You’re a Brand-New Author

Building an audience for your writing is easier with a blogPhoto by John Schnobrich on UnsplashWith all the advice that’s thrown at any new writer …


3 easy ways to proofread your writing

Photo by Aaron Burden on UnsplashProofreading your writing does not have to be an arduous process. As an editor for a football blog, the number of …

Creative Writing

100 Best Writing Websites: 2018 Edition

The world offers a lot of ways to become a writer.<p>You can go to school for journalism or creative writing, get a Ph.D. and publish in journals, start …

3 Ways To Write A Better Sex Scene

Image: Matthew Loffhagen<p>Shares 68<p>Sex scenes have a variety of uses in story telling – they can be the emotional climax of a central story or subplot, …

Creative Writing

How to write stronger sentences with fewer adverbs

Use adverbs sparingly. At their best, they spice up a verb or adjective. At their worst, they express a meaning already contained in the sentence:<p>The …

Creative Writing

How to Write a Short Story from Start to Finish

by Joe BuntingI’m working on a new short story. However, it’s been a while, and I’m feeling out of practice, like I have to figure out how to write a …

Creative Writing

Pros and Cons of Autism-Only School and Community Programs

In an ideal world, people with autism would be fully included in the larger community. They'd have accommodations made and supports provided when …


'I will always remember it': East High basketball player with autism brings the crowd to their feet

Waterloo East basketball player with autism brings crowd to its feet.

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Boy Invents Game To Help Sister With Autism

A modified pingpong game invented by a fifth-grader is attracting national attention and now being manufactured for sale by a toy company.


Duke Professor Suggests Many Libertarian Founders Are 'On the Autism Spectrum'

A professor at one of the United States’ most prestigious universities believes libertarianism’s architects were “on the autism spectrum.”<p>Nancy …


Using the Dictionary to Discover Writing Prompt

Sometimes new words can suggest entirely new directions for your writing. Let chance lead you to words -- and then to themes and stories -- you might …

Creative Writing

Judy Blume’s Advice for Aspiring Writers

Judy Blume needs no introduction. The author of your all-time favorite childhood novels (<i>Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret</i>, <i>Tales of a Fourth Grade</i> …


How to Write an Effective Hook (Plus: PITCH SHARE)

Please welcome literary agent with Trident Media Group Mark Gottlieb to WU today, speaking about something most writers need to understand: How to …


5 Formulas To Write 500 Words A Day

In November 2016, I embarked on a goal to write five hundred words per day, forever. No time limit. I learned a hard truth. Sitting down in front of …

Creative Writing

How Skype and storytelling are helping kids with autism

Three times a week, Kristen Lundstrom opens her laptop from her home in Carroll, Iowa, and speaks to a speech therapist at UC Davis’ MIND Institute …


Star Trek Should Embrace the Autism Spectrum

The first season of “Star Trek: Discovery” is complete, and it’s time to reflect on one of the most important developments that came from the new …


The growing acceptance of autism in the workplace

<i>We like to think that good work is always rewarded. But what if some people who could do good work can't their foot in the door in the first place?</i> …


Ford Expands Autism Hiring Program

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Yoga Generates Huge Benefits for Children with Autism

Yoga is growing in popularity in the U.S. as a complementary therapy for children with special needs and autism, with rising numbers of schools and …


This simple technique can help you to take in more of what you read

Whether it's Facebook content, Bill Gates's favorite book, or the latest critical business report, most of us enjoy reading or have to do quite a bit of it through the day. But in the rush to do everything in less time, you might be missing a crazily simple way to commit more content to memory:<p>Just …

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How autism benefits our agency and creative culture

Chris is autistic and works in the creative and finance departments at Red Brick Road. He joined a year ago.<p>To continue reading this article you need …


We had a great day at the park with our autistic son, until someone called the police

It had been a good day at the park. A miracle day, in fact, for our family. Our 5-year-old son, Johnny, who is moderately autistic and prone to violent outbursts and self-injurious behavior, had sailed through the outing without a meltdown. So it was all the more shocking when the police approached …


The hidden neurodiversity toll in our industry

Last year I was completed blindsided when we were told that my child has autism. Suddenly life at home became much, much harder. And life at work …


Researchers Develop 2-Minute Autism Screening Tool

New research suggests that a quick questionnaire may be highly accurate at flagging children for autism.<p>In 88 percent of cases, the so-called …


University of California

<b>Pick a hand, any hand. That familiar refrain, repeated in schoolyards the world over, is the basis of a simple guessing game that was recently adapted to study how and why kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) interact with the people around them.</b><p>The game is the brainchild of Katherine …


Bakery's secret ingredient is uplifting people with special needs

When a family created a place for their son to learn and work, they had no idea it would turn into a community-wide treasure. Humankind<p>LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. – When a family created a place for their son to learn and work, they had no idea it would turn into a community-wide treasure.<p>Tempa and Michael …

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Why There Need to Be More Autistic Characters in Children’s Books

Fiction plays a significant role in shaping how people understand and respond to autism.<p>By<p>Feb 01 2018, 11:30 AM<p>The children’s writer Michael Morpurgo …


Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie - Shots and Scenes

Writing Fiction: A Book is a Movie – Shots and Scenes<p>We’ve all been brought up with movies. And movies have evolved entertainment. Between them and …