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JANE SMILEY: Creating Effective Outlines & The Importance of Being Analytical

JANE SMILEY: Creating Effective Outlines & The Importance of Being Analytical

Known to be one of the greatest writers of our time, it’s an absolute honor to feature Jane Smiley on our show! Jane is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Thousand Acres, and numerous novels, most recently, The Last Hundred Yearstrilogy: Some Luck, Early Warning, and Golden Age.  She has written a novel in every literary genre; consciously choosing to change the style, tone, and setting for each one, and is celebrated for transitioning from one novel to the other with ease and grace.  Jane walks us through her earliest memories of how she fell in love with writing, and shares the inspiration behind her first picture book Twenty Yawn.  We also explore the ideas of teaching in her series of books for middle-grade readers, The Horses of Oak Valley Ranch. Jane walks us through how to jot down story ideas, how to write effective outlines for the story, and why it’s crucial to remain organized throughout it all. We dive into the importance of writing workshops and exactly how it provides

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