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Wolf School: Species of Wolf
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Hello, class! Ah-wooooooooooooooooooooooo. I’m so excited you’ve joined us for the first day of Wolf School. I’m Constance and– Can I eat them now?  What? No, Merricat! Of course you…

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Making your spooky kidlit scenes even scarier with sound effects
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Sensory description is so important in any genre of fiction, but in scary stories it can add a chilling, leave-the-lights-on-tonight-please-mum atmosphere to an otherwise flat scene. In fact, you should…

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The Shining as a romcom: notes on genre conventions
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When I use examples to talk about writing craft, I really try to stick to books, TV and films that are aimed at a middle grade or YA audience, but…

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A guide to middle grade and YA genres and subgenres
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Middle grade and young adult aren’t genres, they’re audiences. If a reader, editor or agent asks what genre your novel is, they’re asking what type of story it is. Where…

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Analysing The Tale of the Lonely Ghost
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Hi, horror fans! I’m really excited about this blog series and I hope you will be too. I was a big fan of Are You Afraid of the Dark? as…

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Wolf School with Constance and Merricat: Introduction
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Ah-wooooooooooooooooooooooo. Hello, and welcome to Wolf School with Constance and Merricat, your Wolves in Residence. We’re so excited to– That’s Professor Merricat, actually.  You are not a professor, Merricat. I’m not…

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Sweet dreams! Should your middle grade horror have a happy ending?
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I’m often asked whether children’s horror novels should end on a cheerful note with the threat fully defused, giving young readers the closure they need to drift off happily to…

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How to write a creepy graveyard in middle grade or YA
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Hey, horror fans! Not much beats the eerie atmosphere of an empty cemetery in the middle of the night. They’re dark and shadowy, spookily silent and totally empty – you…

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