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“Some of the Best Stories Are Yours”

06/11/2014 10:17:00 AM

Some of the best stories are yoursA few posts ago, we covered how to mine family history for stories. Using similar techniques, you can mine your life for stories, too.Reviewing your personal life for story ideas can be an emotional experience, ...

The Rich and Royal Tapestry of Umberto Eco

04/04/2014 11:43:00 AM

Mysterious flame of memoryI’ve been reading

First-Ever "Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA"

02/28/2014 15:58:00 PM

Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guideto Success After the MFA

International Best-Selling YA Author Cantrell on Writing a Sequel

02/13/2014 11:12:00 AM

Julie CantrellI met award-winning young adult author Julie Cantrell while writing for Southern Literary Review when she was managing editor. Since then, Cantrell has received two Christy Awards (Debut Novel of the Year and Book of the Year) ...

Better Never Than Late?

02/05/2014 09:23:00 AM

While some things are better never happening than late, writing isn't usually one of them. Even bad writing (though it doesn't need to see daylight), has a place, one called "practice."For work you're planning to send, check out these markets ...

When Stories Talk Back: How Flash Helps Writers Revise

12/02/2013 14:33:00 PM

Sometimes a story tells you what it’s about; you just have to be listening.

Ridgefield Writers Conference a Success, Thanks to All

10/29/2013 11:09:00 AM

Ridgefield's historic fountainThanks to great coordinators, a wonderful workshop faculty and keynote speaker, industry-leading panelists and dedicated attendees, the inaugural Ridgefield Writers Conference on September 28 in historic Ridgefield, ...

The Stiles on Which the Story Turns: Using Multiple Viewpoints in Fiction

08/10/2013 14:06:00 PM

Multiple viewpoints can enrich fictionIf you’re considering using multiple points of view for your novel or short fiction, take a page or two from bestselling mystery and suspense author Anne Perry.Don’t let the “bestselling” label fool ...

Selgin on Setting: The Incomparable Peter Selgin Speaks on Scene, Setting and Sense of Place

07/15/2013 15:22:00 PM

Author, SelginAuthor, teacher and

A Summer Place for Writers

06/21/2013 11:17:00 AM

Happy summer — now that it’s here, check out these writers’ spaces in the New York and New England region.Get away and writeThe Center for Fiction — New York, NY: The Center for Fiction is the only nonprofit literary organization in ...

"French Women" Author Jamie Cat Callan Shares Her Secrets to Creating Art

05/30/2013 08:09:00 AM

Author and purveyor of the secrets of French women, Jamie Cat Callan,has done it again. The author of Bonjour,Happiness! and French Women Don’t Sleep Alone has a new tome on the secrets of French women: Ooh La La! French Women's Secrets ...

Why Writers Should Still Write What They Know

05/24/2013 12:37:00 PM

Write from the heartFor years, fiction writers were exhorted to write what they knew — about stories, themes and characters. With virtually limitless information now at the ready, we're more adventurous, exploring unfamiliar terrain. Yet, ...

The First Ridgefield Writers Conference, Not Just Another Conference

04/05/2013 16:58:00 PM

I'm pleased to announce, along with my esteemed MFA colleagues Chris Belden and Rebecca Dimyan, the first Ridgefield Writers Conference—a new literary writers conference slated for September 28 in historic Ridgefield, Connecticut. Visi ...

Author Joe Carvalko on the Magic of Writing and the Strength to Tell Stories

03/02/2013 17:05:00 PM

Attorney, musician, teacher and author Joe Carvalko has written his first novel,

Sting of the Heat Bug, by author Jack Sheedy

02/15/2013 14:20:00 PM

Someday, the heat bug will sting. But I'm getting ahead of myself.Tolstoy was so wrong when he began Anna Karenina with the oft-quoted sentence: "Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Our happy, Eise ...