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Best-selling author Jacquelyn Mitchard talks great beginnings, story structure, dialogue and great endings

On Friday, I attended Jacquelyn Mitchard’s writers intensive workshop as part of the SCBWI Southern Breeze SpringMingle conference. Mitchard is a New York Times bestselling author and editor of Merit Press, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. Her novel The Deep End of the Ocean was Oprah Winfrey Book Club’s inaugural selection and was later adapted into a film. She has written over twenty books for adults, teens and children. She is also a faculty member at the Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Mitchard had me at hello. Her morning talk began something like this: In hard times, “writing will save your life.”

Her day-long workshop focused on great beginnings, structure, dialogue, and great endings. I have compiled the highlights in the following post.
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