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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

How bad would it be if I steal just a bit of my kids' candy? Vote quick because I am craving chocolate...

Just saw this lovely review of JUSTIN CASE, now that I am in from trick-or-treating and my angel wings are lying, still hooked onto my black leather jacket, in the hall...


Did you do Halloween? Did you dress up? As what? Did it feel like less pressure this year than last, since it was Sunday night instead of Saturday? Or did the Halloween spirit pervade the entire weekend?

Tell me your stories...

Rachel Vail

Friday, October 22, 2010

Great Teachers

I'm about to head out to DC for the weekend, for a celebration of my college mentor, Doc Murphy. I'll be on a panel at Georgetown University on Saturday, along with a few other people who were influenced by this joyous and brilliant man. He has been a professor of Theater at Georgetown, and the President of the National Theater, for a very long time and now, having just turned 80, is planning his next adventures.

I'm really excited to talk about how Doc Murphy changed everything for me -- he made writing possible, and fun. He taught me the joy and necessity of rewriting, and that the writer's job is to ASTONISH the reader. And so much more. Every day I continue to learn from him, as his advice ricochets around my writing brain.

Did you ever have a teacher like that? One who believed in you and pushed you farther? One whose lessons continue to enlighten you long after you leave the classroom? Who was it? It feels so good to give great teachers a shout out. Let's let them know. I'll start, and will add more names of my great teachers this week.

For today: Thanks, Doc Murphy!

Your turn...


Rachel Vail

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

If You Write Books for Kids or Teens (or want to)...

... you might not want to miss this.

It's open to the public but last I heard there are fewer than 20 spots still open.

The Authors Guild invites you to a children’s book panel discussion:

Trends in Children’s Book Publishing 2010
Sponsored by the Authors Guild Foundation

Moderator: Rachel Vail, Author
Meg Cabot, Author
Lisa Holton, Founder, CEO, Fourth Story Media
Neal Porter, Editor, Founder, Neal Porter Books
Rosemary Stimola, Literary Agent, President, Stimola Literary Studio

Tuesday, October 19, 6:00 p.m.
Scandinavia House, The Volvo Room
58 Park Avenue at 38th Street
New York City

Free! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Space is limited.

Please RSVP here.