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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

colorful squiggles coming out of a quill
Jan 10, 2015

In her book Writing Begins with the Breath: Embodying Your Authentic Voice, Laraine Herring recommends interviewing your character to gain a deeper understanding of who they are. Here are some fun sample questions you could ask your character:

Jan 7, 2015

The bookstore and coffee shop may think your book is "too indie" for them, but not us! We will gladly consider a copy of your book for our shelves.  

We accept one donated copy of a work by a local author to be considered for inclusion in our collection. Staff will review donated books and, if added to the collection, we’ll purchase additional copies based on demand.

Jan 5, 2015

So you drafted a novel during NaNoWriMo. Now what? Contact agents and publishers? Well, maybe not quite yet. But don't put it in a drawer and forget about it either. Join Dr. Juliet Kincaid, novelist and long-time teacher of writing at Johnson County Community College, for guidance through the revision process that includes revising for content and structure, getting feedback from your peers, and editing.

Local Writers
Jan 3, 2015

The ubiquitous appeal of New Year’s resolutions (not to mention the kissing) is testimony to the power of beginnings.  They set the tone for everything that follows.  Good beginnings create paths to lead us in the directions we need to go, and without them we wander in search of bearings before making any progress or gaining any momentum.  It’s hard to overstate the importance of starting off right.

Vintage bike with pom poms on the handlebars with a green background
Dec 24, 2014

A group novel? Sounds like an exercise in egos, inner-circles, and bad writing to me. But I’d heard Kevin Rabas read his poetry, and read a little bit on my own as well. So, despite my reservations, I gave Green Bike a try and was pleasantly surprised.

Local Writers
Dec 24, 2014

In Dojo Wisdom for Writers: 100 Simple Ways to Become a More Inspired, Successful, and Fearless Writer, Jennifer Lawler shares the lessons she has learned practicing martial arts and successfully applies to the art of writing. Exercise 63 is based on a commitment to training. “The martial artist knows that to master the techniques, he has to commit to training….