On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a book reading and signing at one of Raleigh’s independent book stores, Books a Quail Ridge. The author was one of my favorite sci-fi writers, Orson Scott Card. For most, his most prominent work is Ender’s Game and the following series. He has also written a parallel series referred to as the Shadow books.
Instead of reading (parts of his latest work, Magic Street), Card offered to just answer questions, and spent most of the evening talking about Ender’s Game, progress on an up-coming Ender movie, and how he prepared to write a book (Magic Street) that takes place entirely in an African American neighborhood. Card is quite white.
Anyway, I asked the author, who is also a university instructor of creative writing, what we should be doing to help younger children and high school students to become better writers. He graciously gave me permission to include his answer in a podcast. So check out Connect Learning, episode 32, for the audio.