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SCBWI MD/DE/WV March 2013 Conference
Writing Challenge #4: "What If?"

In preparation for the SCBWI MD/DE/WV spring writer's conference (March 22-23, 2013), the lovely ladies at the As The Eraser Burns blog are posting weekly writing challenges for us, and as always, I'm determined to complete each of the 8 conference challenges.

Challenge #4: Take a character from a novel or picture book – anyone you choose – and put him or her in another book. How would that character handle the conflict of the story? What limitations would they have? As you can guess, the possibilities are endless. Now, write the flap copy for that new book.

When Harold survives a tornado, he discovers that he has been transported to the magical land of Oz. His purple crayon may be the key to finding his way home. Lions and tigers and bears are no match for the fierce guard-beast that comes to life with a scribble of Harold’s purple crayon. Even the wicked witch’s flying monkeys can’t penetrate the force field Harold sketches. He will make it home by bedtime, but the Emerald City may never be the same.

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