Handwriting – writing by hand, has shown to improve brain function, at all ages.
It allows children to learn how to communicate with language, improves memory recall for high school and college students, and improves workmanship in adults with creative outlets like handwriting. Writing is an activity that allows the brain to function at a different level, and causes some interesting results.
In school-age children handwriting functions as a connector of fine motor skills and communication. Handwriting movement exercises have shown to have a powerful impact on a developing brain. One of the big reasons for this country’s rising illiteracy rates are …
If you are looking for an exciting, eccentric new children’s book author Audrey Wood is an exceptional option. Wood has over 30 children’s books published, the most notable being The Napping House. Among others are: Silly Sally, The Red Racer, and The Bunyans. Wood’s husband, Don Wood, illustrates with beautiful, colorful graphics that help young readers interpret the story. Born in Florida, Wood developed a creative mind due to her exposure to the circus and being read to every night.
Wood’s engaging stories opens the door for readers’ imaginations and stimulates the flow of creativity. Her books also allow children to …
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve.
E-readers, and the ebooks that populate them currently make up 15-20% of all U.S. trade book sales. But research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages. Since the 1980s researchers in many fields, including psychology, computer engineering, and library and information science, have investigated and researched the differences between reading on-screen and on paper. Over a hundred studies have been published and the findings have been intriguing.
Before 1992 studies found that reading was slower, less accurate and resulted in lower overall comprehension when text was on the screen …
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Thursday, April 28, was an exciting day for Wheel of Time & Robert Jordan fans.
The late Robert Jordan’s fantasy series, Wheel of Time, has been, thus far, forgotten in the rush to procure TV and film properties of the fantasy and sci-fi literary genre. An excellent example is the highly popular Game of Thrones TV series. However, in an announcement late Thursday, Harriet McDougal, wife of the late Jordan, stated that a major studio has acquired the legal rights to the fantasy epic.
This is welcomed news to Wheel of Time …
If you’re looking for an intriguing new author, Philippa Gregory should be at the top of your reading list!
She is the author of several best selling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and according to Time, “Philippa Gregory turns real-life historical royalty into royally entertaining novels.” As a graduate of the University of Sussex and a recipient of a Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh, Gregory is a recognized authority on women’s history.
“The history of the women of the period has been very neglected because of this emphasis on battles and thus the male leaders.”
As an author, Gregory has found …
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CADILLAC — Area writers and aspiring writers have an opportunity to discover specialized techniques for marketing their books at the sixth annual writers’ workshop sponsored by Write To Publish.
[Story via Herald Review]
By Randy Johnston
“Plug Your Book—Successful Marketing Strategies for Authors” is the theme of this year’s event which takes place Saturday, April 16, from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Clam Lake Township Hall in Cadillac. Advance registration is not required. The admission charge is $5.00 per person, payable at the workshop.
The featured speaker is William McConnell, co-founder and owner of Bit Social Media.
In his presentation, “Go Social—Digital and Social Media Marketing …