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Picture Book Reading Challenge: March 2016

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You Get What You Get by Julie Gassman
This book was a hit! So much so that I wanted to make it count for twelve books on the list. Maybe just make March’s reading list all about it? Reading it out loud made all the difference. It’s hilarious and drives home a critical lesson: You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. 

A squirrel named Melvin does not handle disappointment well at all. He has meltdowns. Except at school because his teacher has a simple rule: You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit. So Melvin grits his squirrely teeth and abides by the rule, glad that at least he can pitch a fit at home where his family is completely unaware of such a rule. Until one night….

You can guess where it goes from there. Or, better yet, go get the book and read it…

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On Making the Most of AWP

The MFA Years

There’s just over a month left of the first year of my MFA and this is the busiest time of the semester. I’ve just returned from a relaxing spring break vacation to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and tomorrow I leave for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Los Angeles. This will be my third year attending. When I started my MA in 2013, I didn’t know much about networking as a writer (hey there, still don’t). Luckily, some of the PhD students in my program told me all about AWP, insisting that it’s best and biggest event for writers to attend.

“A trip sounds nice,” I told my friend, Claire, as I prepared for my first AWP conference in 2014.  “It will be nice to get away and relax.”

“I don’t know if it’s that kind of trip,” she said. And Claire was right. AWP certainly…

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