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A Growth Mindset for Writers

If you’re a parent, you’ve probably heard of Carol Dweck and her book Mindset, or maybe Po Bronson’s Nurture Shock, which references Dweck’s research. The theory behind Mindset is that children who adopt a fixed mindset—who believe that their intelligence and abilities are fixed and won’t change—don’t do as well during the middle school and […]

The Imperfect Writing Life

At AWP16 in Los Angeles in March, I went to a fabulous panel called The Imperfect Writing Life with Samantha Dunn moderating and Andre DeBus III (author of House of Sand and Fog and Townie), Carol Edgarian (author of Rise the Euphrates and Three Stages of Amazement), Neil Thompson (director of publishing at Amazon) and […]

Writerland News and Updates

1. WordPress

I have finally moved my entire website into WordPress, so I can update it regularly, and I’m very excited about that! I’ll be posting latest news and events on the Home page and upcoming classes on the Classes page.

2. MailChimp

I’ve also moved the Writerland blog subscription from Feedburner to MailChimp, […]

What Books Made You a Writer?

A colleague at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto asked us today what books made us writers. I think that can be interpreted several ways, but I’m going to take it as: What books inspired me to become a writer? Here are mine, in no particular order:

A Wrinkle in Time—My all-time favorite children’s book, […]

Author Interview: Frances Stroh

Today I’m thrilled to bring you an interview with Frances Stroh, author of the forthcoming memoir BEER MONEY: A Story of Privilege and Loss, about the downfall of Stroh’s Beer and the Stroh family fortune. Keep an eye out for BEER MONEY in May of next year.

Photo of Eric Stroh children (1979) by […]

Interview: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

My interview with the director, co-producer, and stars of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance this year, is live on The Rumpus. It’s a wonderful movie, and I encourage everyone to see it when it comes to your town!

 

What Makes a Great Blog?

When I teach Blogging for Beginners at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto, we get everyone’s blogs set up, but that’s the easy part. Learning how to use WordPress, Blogger, or SquareSpace will get your blog online, but it won’t make you a great blogger. Great blogs have five things in common—quality design, great content, clear […]

Blogging Classes Start Next Week!

A quick announcement to let everyone know that TODAY is the last day to get the early bird discount for Blogging for Beginners, which starts next Monday, June 22, at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto. After today, tuition goes up $25, but you can still enroll right up until the minute class starts (but […]

10 Things You Should Take to Every Writers Conference

Photo by Glen Euloth courtesy of Creative Commons

 

I thought I was so prepared at AWP 15 this year, but there were a few essentials I didn’t take that would have made my conference run much smoother:

1. Business cards

I can’t emphasize enough how much you should take a stack of business […]

Edit Yourself, Advanced Blogging, Bay Area Book Festival, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

A few announcements: This week I have two classes open for registration—a six-week Advanced Blogging Workshop and a one-day Edit Yourself workshop. Also, in early June I’ll be teaching a one-day Successful Blogging class at Book Passage in Corte Madera (see below) and participating in a panel about writing communities at the Bay Area Book […]