Christine Kohler

Children's Book Author, Editor, Writing Instructor

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FACTORS TO DETERMINE ‘FAIR USE’

July 17, 2017

Tags: Aimée Bissonette, copyright, fair use, media law, public domain

This is Part III of a series of articles on how to legally use mixed media within novels or nonfiction. Media Attorney Aimée Bissonette has been guiding us through the legal minefield of copyright versus public domain, and, today, how to determine fair use.

Aimée (more…)

PRIMER ON COPYRIGHT VS. PUBLIC DOMAIN

July 5, 2017

Tags: copyright, fair use, media law, public domain

In the last blog article I talked about advantages of using mixed genres within a work. However, if you use copyrighted materials without permission, you can find yourself in expensive legal trouble. Today, Media Attorney Aimée Bissonette has generously shared (more…)

MIXED GENRES IN ONE WORK GIVES READERS RELIEF

June 21, 2017

Mixed media in novels and nonfiction gives readers visual and reading relief. Honor copyright, though, or you could get sued.
By Christine Kohler

Mixed genres within one novel or nonfiction book gives readers visual and reading relief from the narrative. It can also add authenticity to a story or factual account. In real life, we use different forms of communication besides dialogue. People e-mail, text, post online, call on a phone, video-chat. We read (more…)

GETTING UNSTUCK

May 24, 2017

Tags: novelists, writer's block, writers, writing, writing unstuck, writing novels

By Christine Kohler

As a former journalist, I have often said I don’t believe in writer’s block. I stick by that statement. Not writer’s block in the sense most people speak of it, as if they can’t get any words down on paper for a period of time. Poppycock. Research (more…)

TRUTH IN FICTION

May 10, 2017

Tags: authors who lie, storytellers, truth in fiction, truth in stories, truthtellers

By Christine Kohler

“When journalism is silenced, literature must speak. Because while journalism speaks with facts, literature speaks with truth.” Seno Gumira Ajidarma, an author, film critic, and creative writing teacher

I was on a panel at a Teen Bookfest when two authors gloated that they lie to their readers. I was dismayed that (more…)

UNRELIABLE NARRATORS

March 22, 2017

Tags: unreliable narrators, David Almond, Justine Larbalestier, HEAVEN EYES, LIAR, Cicada, "Black Cherry Eyes", Kezi Matthews, magic realism

Edgar Allen Poe was the first author to use an unreliable narrator, according to Harry Lee Poe in his biography EDGAR ALLAN POE (Metro Books, 2008). Poe used this literary device in "The Cask of Amontillado" and "Tell-Tale Heart".

When writing a story with an unreliable narrator in children's literature, authors are tipping the reader (more…)

10 TIPS FOR TURNING NONFICTION INTO A NOVEL

January 31, 2017

Tags: novel writing, Romance, war literature, writing craft, WWII

by Dandi Daley Mackall

I grew up on my parents’ amazing true war stories—how Mom joined the Army as a nurse when WWII broke out and Dad signed up to report to the Army the day after he got his medical degree. Even as a kid, (more…)

10 TIPS FOR VIDEO-CHAT SCHOOL VISITS

September 1, 2016

Tags: authors, illustrators, presentations, programs, school visits, video-chats, virtual visits

Take the stress out of computer video-chat school visits by pre-planning for any potential technology failure. Illustration by Pixabay.com
By Christine Kohler

“If anything can go wrong, it will.” – Murphy’s Law

In today’s techno-world this is especially true. The day of a recent video-chat school visit I posted on Facebook, “Satan is alive and lives in my computer.” Although my stress-level skyrocketed that morning when my PC’s operating system corrupted, (more…)

HOW AUTHORS CAN USE GOODREADS

August 22, 2016

Tags: C. Lee McKenzie, Goodreads, Sign of the Green Dragon

By C. Lee McKenzie

It may seem obvious, but if you’re an author you should be on Goodreads. That’s where your serious readers and reviewers hang out. Christine asked if I’d write something to show what I do to make Goodreads work for me, so here are a few tips that (more…)

URSULA NORDSTROM GIVES TIMELESS ADVICE TO A TEEN WRITER

August 1, 2016

By Christine Rhodeback Kohler

Ursula Nordstrom. senior vice president and publisher of Harper & Row from 1940-1979, didn’t address me as “Dear Genius”, but she was kind enough to write a two-page typed letter to this sophomore in high school who dreamed of growing up and becoming a published author.

I found this dictated (more…)

Selected Works

E-Book, Non-fiction, writers
e-book on Kindle for those interested in writing biblical-based stories, articles, poems.
Nonfiction
This series covers everything you need to know to organize a glee or show choir.
"...Internet sites that are kept up to date and used as a resource for students writing research projects. The Report Links provide such useful sources as documents, photographs, and illustrations...." –Library Media Connection, October 2006
Refugees: Hear their voices. Read about children who lived through wars, and sought to find safe homes. They moved to a new country for a better life.
NOVEL
A young man. An old soldier. A terrible injustice. But should the punishment be death?
Anthologies, Collections
Activities for outdoor play, sand and water play.
Activities for teachers to help children ages 3-6 learn about the world around them.
100 activities for teachers of children 3-5
Fiction, ages 5-9
When Jennifer and Scotty Harper encounter problems in life, they come up with solutions to overcome difficulties, and learn to trust Jesus in the process.

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