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JT Blatty: A New Chapter
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JT Blatty: A New Chapter

Photojournalist JT Blatty came to the Tuscany Writeaway with a hundred pages of an eight-year-old manuscript, hoping to discover the ending to her book. As she sat at the villa table with Writeaways leaders John and Mimi, six other writers, and the time and space to reflect and focus on her writing, JT found the breakthrough she was looking for. With the encouragement of this close community, she wrote about her life, her search for purpose, and the volunteer soldiers in Ukraine she is committed to honoring in her new Chapter One. […]

Never Forget: Artist Paul Dillon’s Passion to Preserve POW-MIA Stories
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Never Forget: Artist Paul Dillon’s Passion to Preserve POW-MIA Stories

by Terri Barnes

For artist Paul Dillon, discovering and preserving personal wartime stories like his father’s is a passion. He fears these individual pieces of history are in danger of being forgotten, and he hopes to change that, through his artwork in N is for Never Forget: POW-MIA A to Z and his work as the president of the Jefferson Barracks POW-MIA Museum. […]

Newbery-Winning Storyteller Kelly Barnhill Writes to Be Read Out Loud
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Newbery-Winning Storyteller Kelly Barnhill Writes to Be Read Out Loud

by Naomi Krueger

Storytelling, especially big stories told aloud, is at the heart of Kelly Barnhill’s experience as both a reluctant reader and the Newbery Medal-winning author of The Girl Who Drank the Moon. From her self-proclaimed “weird, odd imagination,” she spins captivating tales of witches and swamp monsters, wrestling with multi-layered themes of justice and courage, truth and falsehood. […]