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Randall Platt Racking up Awards for her Latest Book

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Each year I put a lot of thought into the theme for the conference and the people who are going to speak and teach workshops at it. There are so many talented writers out there, sometimes it’s hard to choose. But not all writers are great teachers or speakers, and not all speakers are great writers. So you’ve got to find people who combine both skill sets.

With all that in mind,  an update on the career of Randall Platt. Her latest book  Hellie Jondoe has just won four awards: the 2010 Will Rogers Medallion Award for WesternFiction-Young Adult,  Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, the ForeWord Reviews’ BRONZE medal for best Young Adult Fiction’s, and the 2010 Winner of the Willa Literary Award.   A hearty congratulations to a hard-working writer (she’s often up before 5 A.M. folks, I have the e-mails to prove it). You can find more information at her web site and when you meet her at the conference.

You might also want to check out her tips 10 Changes I Made to Boost My Creativity at her site.


Author: jessicapage2

Jessica Page Morrell lives in Portland, Oregon where she is surrounded by writers and watches the sky all its moods and shades. She’s the author of Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, A (Sort of) Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing is Being Rejected; Bullies, Bastards & Bitches, How to Write the Bad Guys in Fiction; The Writer’s I Ching: Wisdom for the Creative Life, Voices from the Street; Between the Lines: Master The Subtle Elements Of Fiction Writing; and Writing Out the Storm. Morrell works as a highly-sought after developmental editor because if your characters are a bundle of quirks and inconsistencies, or the plot stalls and the scenes don’t flow, these problems need to be unriddled before you submit it to an agent or editor. She also works on memoirs and nonfiction books with a special focus on logic and voice. She began teaching writers in 1991 and now teaches through a series of workshops in the Northwest and at writing conferences throughout North America and lectures to various writing organizations. She is the former writing expert at which was voted as one of the best 101 sites for writers. In 2008 she founded Summer in Words, a yearly writing conference held on the Oregon coast. She hosts a Web site at, and she’s written a monthly column about topics related to writing since 1998 that currently appears in The Willamette Writer. She also contributes to The Writer and Writers Digest magazines, writes a monthly e-mail newsletter, The Writing Life, and a Web log at

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