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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

Local Writers
Feb 7, 2015

The type of thinking held in highest esteem and seen as most valuable in the driven, pragmatic realm is intentional, linear, analytical, logical and mechanistic. A wandering, unfocused mind is seen as a lazy, unproductive one. Despite that regard, solutions, connections, and creativity more often emerge from a less actively engaged thought process, where thoughts flow freely around and into each other at a deeper, less conscious level and unexpected associations emerge.

Local Writers
Jan 31, 2015

One of the most common pieces of advice writers receive is “write what you know.”  Most of what we know, however, tends toward the pedestrian and mundane—from the perspective of engaging storytelling, at least.  Most good stories are not about the everyday, but about people dealing with momentous events in their lives. This simple prompt provides a bit of practice at conveying those dramatic moments.

Cover image for Escaping the Tiger
Jan 28, 2015

Stuck in limbo, an in-between camp of the unwanted. That's where Vonlai and his family have found themselves in Escaping the Tiger. They fled their homeland of Laos because they doubted their chances of survival at the hands of the Pathet Lao government, nearly dying crossing the Mekong River in the middle of the night.

Local Writers
Jan 24, 2015

I lead a creative writing group that is 100% prompt based. So upon discovering Smith’s wonderful little book, The Memoir Project, I remember feeling a little disloyal to my group. For Smith finds writing prompts “insulting”.  She goes on to say,

Jan 17, 2015

“You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” --Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird