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Laura needs something to fill some time so Almanzo tells her about a book writing contest. He convinces her to write her stories down that she told him about growing up. She travels to ... See full summary »


Maury Dexter


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson (credit only)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson (credit only)
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards (credit only)
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
Leslie Landon Leslie Landon ... Etta Plum
John Bennett Perry ... Russell Matthews
William Prince ... Mr. Amos L. Broxton
Kay Howell Kay Howell ... Secretary
Ralph Manza ... Hugo


Laura needs something to fill some time so Almanzo tells her about a book writing contest. He convinces her to write her stories down that she told him about growing up. She travels to Minneapolis to work with a publisher but they want to make too many changes to book. Written by Anonymous

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24 January 1983 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Laura is reading her novel to Almanzo, after she has just got done writing it, Melissa Gilbert is reciting the exact last paragraph in Laura Ingalls Wilder's real Little House In the Big Woods. See more »


In real life, Laura Ingalls Wilder wasn't very fond of teaching. She did it to help her family financially. See more »


Almanzo James Wilder: I've been waiting a whole week to find you in this kind of state. I figured that teaching would do it.,
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Manly, what on earth are you talking about?
Almanzo James Wilder: The answer, that's what. The answer to what you ought to be doing. You see, there's this contest. It was announced last week and I've been waiting until the right time to bring it up.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Well, what kind of contest?
Almanzo James Wilder: Writing.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: Well, what kind of writing?
Almanzo James Wilder: Short stories, poetry, and novels. Your rememberance books must be crammed with all kinds of stories.
Laura Ingalls Wilder: ...
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29 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Laura had always wanted to be an author, right? At least that's what I always figured. So when Almanzo tells her about a writing contest, she jumps at the chance. Only things don't go the way she planned them...

This episode is pretty boring. Laura and Jenny leave Almanzo and Rose behind to go to Mancato and work on her first book. The men there make some empty promises about the way it's going to be. Before she knows it, they are completely changing the book until it's something she doesn't even recognize.

She did the right thing in the end. I like how Michael Landon comes on at the end and talk about the real Laura Ingalls Wilder and that a series of books were published forty years later...

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