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Provisional Pen Recommends I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib

  2019's I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir is a unique reading experience, and an inspiration for anyone who'd like to write a memoir, whether graphic or text-based. Malaka Gharib shares how she navigates different cultures within her family and out in the world. Here's how she educates and entertains readers:   Mixed Media/Activities Since Gharib's book is a graphic memoir, it's already...

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More Than Mementos: 3 Writing Benefits of Scrapbooking

  Scrapbooking is a great way to preserve the past—all those vacations, birthdays, and other milestones—through creative combinations of image and text. So, it's no wonder that scrapbooking can benefit you as a writer, and here's how:   1) It keeps you in the habit of writing. Yes, even a blurb counts! Writing for your own purposes, like describing a photo or capturing the emotion...

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Punctuation Spotlight: The Colon

Though sometimes confused with the semicolon (since they're similar in name and appearance), the colon is a distinct form of punctuation with its own uses. Here are three important functions of the colon:   1) Introduce a list. You may have noticed that, in this and many of our blog posts, we use a colon at the end of the introduction to lead up...

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Provisional Pen Recommends Melanie Rehak’s Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

In an elementary school library in the early 1990s, before Google existed, rumors about Nancy Drew's mysterious author abounded: Carolyn Keene was from Toledo, OH. She and Hardy Boys' author Franklin W. Dixon were actually the same person, writing under different names. Our staff writer who heard and believed these rumors grew up to discover that, as is often the case,...

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