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Write a Limerick!


SPIDER Limerick 3 BAS 2016

 Write a limerick?

Why not! I thought it would be fun to share a limerick this week and invite you to write one too. Mine is about me and a spider.

When teaching (grades 4-8), I found that starting a new school year by writing poems and sharing them was an exciting way get students hooked on writing. I must admit it—limericks are so much fun! In the classroom we learn about using some of the tools in our writer’s tool box—tools like assonance (repeating vowel sounds) and consonance (repeating consonant sounds) to create a musical message. And of course, we had Scholastic rhyming dictionaries and thesauruses close at hand. It’s always exciting to discover alternative words (synonyms) that have just the right sounds and syllables to perfect our poems.

Whether you’re a teacher, a parent or simply want to share the love of reading and writing, get the kids together and give it a try. Read on to discover what inspired me to write my spider limerick and have lots of fun writing and reading with the kids!

Click the link to find out all about it How to Write a Limerick http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/how-to-write-a-limerick/

More about Bette’s Spider Limerick

Before I wrote this limerick, I had been watching several spiders weave their webs on the outside screens of our back porch all during the spring and summer. Spiders are fascinating creatures to watch from a safe distance. But, up close and personal they frighten me. The photo for the limerick was taken by me (safely inside the screen). Nature and my own human nature inspired me to write this one:

There once was a tall timid writer
Who spotted an intrepid spider
She jumped up and screamed
Then she suddenly beamed
“Why, I’ll write a fine book about spiders!”

~ Bette A. Stevens

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Meet Micki Pelus


Micki Peluso’s unique sense of humor sparkles like a fine gem even as she shares her journey through the tragic loss of her daughter in “And the Whippoorwill Sang,” a must-read memoir. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Right The Writer

Today’s Meet the Author post is an author spotlight for the Rave Review’s Book Club Spotlight Author Blog Tour.

About Micki

MickiPelusoMicki Peluso began writing after a personal tragedy, which lead to publication in Victimology: An International Magazine and a 25 year career in Journalism. She’s been staff writer for one major newspaper and freelanced for two more. Twelve of her award winning short fiction and slice of life stories are published in anthologies, magazines and e-zines. Her debut book was published in 2012; a funny family memoir of love, loss and survival, called, . . .AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG which won the Nesta CBC Silver Award for writing that builds character. She is presently working on a collection of short fiction and slice of life stories and essays in a book called Don’t Pluck the Duck. Her debut children’s book, The Cat Who Wanted a Dog will be…

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10 Free Writing Contests with Cash Prizes — Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~ Writer, Poet, & Book Reviewer


Great news! More writing contests with CASH Prizes! WOO HOO!❤ Source: 10 Free Writing Contests with Cash Prizes

via 10 Free Writing Contests with Cash Prizes — Silver Threading ~ Fairy Whisperer ~ Writer, Poet, & Book Reviewer

DIRECT LINK to CONTESTS http://www.freedomwithwriting.com/freedom/uncategorized/10-free-writing-contests-with-cash-prizes/   Happy Writing and Good Luck!❤ Bette

June/July 2016 Writing Contests


Happy Writing! ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Rachel Poli


June 2016

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Blended Families)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Curvy and Confident)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Nonfiction (Theme: Stories about Teachers and Teaching)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: None

Type: Short story fiction (new writers only)
Hosted by: Glimmer Train
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $18

Type: Short story
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

July 2016

Type: Fiction, Nonfiction, or Poetry (Health, wellness, etc.)
Hosted by: Bellevue Literary Review
Deadline: July 1, 2016
Entry Fee: $20

Type: Poetry Awards
Hosted by: Literal Latte
Deadline: July 15, 2016
Entry Fee: $10

Type: Nonfiction (College Student Stories)
Hosted by: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Deadline: July 31, 2016
Entry Fee: None

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Fill your paper…


HAPPY WRITING & READING… I just love this quote by William Wordsworth and the beautiful poster created by Natalie Scarberry. ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Sacred Touches

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**Images found on Pinterest; collage created by Natalie

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And what, you…


Grateful… ~ Bette A. Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Sacred Touches

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**Image taken by Natalie; text box found on the Internet

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Encourage a Young Writer Day


#EncourageAYoungWriterDay every day! ~ Bette Stevens, Maine author/illustrator http://www.4writersandreaders.com

Annette Rochelle Aben

EAYWD

It has been said, that on every April 10th, we celebrate National Encourage a Young Writer Day, funny thing is, I’ve been unable to track down the origins of this auspicious day. Oh sure I found celebrations dating back to 2013, 2014 and 2015, yet nothing to indicate who started this tradition So guess what? This gives us the opportunity to initiate a tradition of our own right here and now!

It IS up to us to encourage young writers and not just for a day but each and every day.  Young writers have an illustrious history of contributing to our literary world. After all, Anne Frank was a mere 13 years old when she penned her poignant diary, giving us a glimpse into a world many of us, thank goodness, would never experience.  And Stephen King, it is reported, sold his first story for the…

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