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Plum Creek Literacy Festival October 4, 2009

Posted by Ronica Stromberg in Uncategorized.
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I spoke to two groups of teachers, librarians, and college students at Plum Creek Literacy Festival yesterday and had the pleasure of going to the endowment dinner in the evening. Many award-winning children’s authors–including Carmen Deedy, Richard Peck, Avi, and John Archambault–spoke at the conference or dinner or both. Talk about a polished group! After hearing Carmen Deedy relate the hilarious story of how she went from being a reluctant reader to being an avid reader, I inquired whether she had taken storytelling classes. She said she had worked on that particular speech for a year. I told her I’m a “beginning writer of thirteen years now.” She said that when she first started achieving success, people talked about her as “an overnight success,” but she had written for 20 years prior to that. Confirmation, once again, that what looks easy usually has a lot of hard work behind it.

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