Friday, June 6, 2014

Weekend Link: The Wand of Universal Power--a lesson in mentor text

A couple posts ago, I mentioned a workshop we recently held. In it Marcie Flinchum Atkins talked about mentor text. The video above is a fun, albeit obvious, way to see mentor text in action. 

Oh, and it looks like the whole thing will be at the FantasyCon, for those of you interested in that. And one of my favorite kid lit authors, Brandon Mull, appears in this. If you haven't read Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series or started the new multi-author Spirit Animals series, you might want to--they're excellent lessons in pacing and how to effectively build a fantasy world.

Have a great weekend.


  1. A critique-buddy recently suggested I used a specific PB as a mentor text... I declined. The very idea rubs me wrong.
    But your post is fun.

    1. Thank you and I think using mentor text can border on plagiaristic, but it can also be a great way to get inspiration and learn the craft when it's just used as a teaching tool and not as knock-off.