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Mar 25, 2015

These elegies aren’t just for the brokenhearted. They are heartbreaking, and they’re really for Mary Murphy. In introducing those who have left, Mary explores her sad, troubled and unforgiving life. She’s sad. She's confused. And she's surrounded by sad and confused people.

The remarkable thing about Mary Murphy is that, in the end, she lives very hopefully. Making these elegies not just for the brokenhearted, not just for her, but for anyone who has struggled and lost. Or struggled and overcome.

"Fight Club" style soap with the text: Project Middle Grade Mayhem
Mar 18, 2015

This is a blog about writers and writing.  With an infinite number of blogs about writers and writing, how do you find those worth reading?  We occasionally feature blogs we recommend for writers, and hope you respond with your favorites in the comments for us to explore.  For this post, we're focusing on Project Middle Grade Mayhem: The Manic Minds of Middle Grade Writers.

Mar 11, 2015

There is still time to submit poetry, prose and art to Kansas City Voices, but you’ll need to hurry. The deadline is Sunday, March 15. Kansas City Voices is published in the fall of each year with a mission to support established artists and inspire new voices.

Read Local 2015 Logo
Mar 11, 2015

We're featuring local authors on our Read Local blog and in our Read Local 2015 program.  In case you're interested in seeing the whole picture in addition to our features, we're attempting to list all of the authors and illustrators from our area who currently have books in our collection.

Local Writers
Mar 5, 2015

In By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review successful writers are asked a variety or questions about their reading habits, such as “If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be?

Stephen King's Top 20 Rules for Writers
Mar 4, 2015

Stephen King's On Writing is one of the seminal books for writers; part memoir, part writing advice, written in King's relaxed, no-nonsense, plain-speaking style. King reveres the written word and storytelling, but he also has no patience for pretension, which makes On Writing both useful and fun to read. I can't recommend it highly enough.

Feb 28, 2015

Sometimes, when trying to define just who or what something is, it’s easiest to begin by figuring out just who or what it is not.  By eliminating possible options, our focus narrows and something fuzzy can begin to emerge from what’s left.  “I’m not sure that I’m a pacifist,” you might say, “but I know I don’t believe eye-for-an-eye vengeance solves anything.”  You still don’t know what you are in that instance, but you have narrowed your possibilities by determining at least one thi

Feb 25, 2015

"I was one of the first authors to have an active website. I'm totally obsessed with technology. I'm always looking for ways to connect with my readers. I answer all my fan mail." -- Jodi Picoult

Local Writers
Feb 21, 2015

Writer’s Digest is calling for 5-Minute Memoir submissions. A 5-minute Memoir is a personal essay on some facet of the writing life. You can find examples here, if you get stuck.
Feb 12, 2015

"If you are going to write, say, fantasy – stop reading fantasy. You’ve already read too much. Read other things; read westerns, read history, read anything that seems interesting, because if you only read fantasy and then you start to write fantasy, all you’re going to do is recycle the same old stuff and move it around a bit." – Terry Pratchett