This year's first Taradiddle Youth Writing Contest has officially been launched! The first clue about the mystery animal to be featured was emailed last week on Thursday, January 12. Clues will be emailed every Thursday until the contest starts on Thursday, March 9. Participants are encouraged to keep an eye on their email
inboxes. It's not too late to join! Encourage a person 18 years and younger to sign up here . There are no costs to enter, lots of fun animal stories to write, and prizes to win.
Please Meet Taradiddle Judge Heather Primm!
Heather discovered early in her life the great inspiration and comfort animals can have for us. As an only child, until she was almost eight years old, Heather's family moved every few years due to her father's job. To keep herself entertained, Heather found inspiration in her pets and frequently incorporated them in elaborate stories, and costumes (which she is afraid to admit)! Heather says that her pets were her constant companions in every new adventure she created in her head. When Heather began writing books, she included some of these animals in her stories. "Hopefully, my fictional characters are more comfortable in their costumes and the roles they play than my ancient basset hound was!" says Heather.
Heather turned to writing middle-grade fiction as a response to her ten-year-old daughter’s voracious reading habits and frustration with the lack of female protagonists in the adventure and fantasy stories she loved. She lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, her children, a dog, three cats, a rat, and eight chickens. Heather is pictured here with her hen, Legolas - who is quite photogenic, don't you think?
Heather has this advice for the participants of the Taradiddle Youth Writing Contests:
Don't be afraid. Don't be afraid your writing isn't good enough. Or that your story isn't good enough. Or that no one will want to read it. All of that will be true... at least in the beginning. And that's OKAY. No one wakes up in the morning and finds that they are magically a good writer. Like most things (although I'm sure you're already tired of parents and teachers telling you this), writing takes practice. So write every day. If you don't like what you wrote, rewrite it. Still doesn't work? Do it again. Read it to your parents. Read it to your friends. Read it to your cat (cats are very good listeners). And while you're at it, don't forget to read what other people write. How else will you know what a story that works feels like? If a story you love makes you want to write one of your own, that's the highest compliment you can pay an author.
Learn more about Heather and the other Taradiddle Judges here .
The Book Buddies made the news! With thanks to Channel3000 for visiting us at our last Book Buddies Reading Program, you can catch the Book Buddies in action here .
The Book Buddies Reading Program takes place every second Saturday of the month between 9:30-11:25 am at City Dog Vet Clinic, 1004 East Washington Avenue and every second Wednesday of the month between 5-7 pm at Valor for Valor residents only.
Reservations are highly recommended to guarantee a spot for a child. There are no fees to attend. Sign a child up for the City Dog Vet location here ; sign a child up for the Valor location by emailing [email protected] or calling/texting (608) 886-8849.
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