Thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway for a copy of Tom Barbash’s Stay Up With Me! Some of your favorite short stories are:
“Claudia’s Cheeks” by Catherine Travel “Ask Me If I Care” by Jennifer Egan “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery [...]
First, I want to announce that the winner of the BlogHer ’13 swag and copy of Guy Kawasaki’s ebook APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur, is … ANNE ALLEN!
Congratulations, Anne! Please email me your mailing address so I can send you your swag!
Now I want to talk a little about craft and how [...]
Lately I’ve been thinking about how I can steer my three-year-old daughter toward a career in engineering. She has a knack for putting things together, and oh how much I’d rather she became an engineer like her father than a writer like her mother. (I read, by the way, that the way to do [...]
I frequently receive e-mails from people looking for places to publish their personal essays. Fiction and nonfiction writers alike all have a great story about the time Aunt Harriet came for dinner and left on the back of a horse, or the time the cat disappeared and returned six years later, or the time they [...]
Today I am thrilled to bring you the incredibly talented Gerard Jones (see bio below), who is currently teaching a workshop at the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto called Finding The Story.
A post by my friend Sierra about her toxic critique group inspired me to remind people how to give critiques of other writers’ work in a writers’ group or workshop.
The sandwich method always works best: Start by saying something positive, followed by your constructive criticism, and then end with another positive comment. The reason [...]
Someone applying to my MFA program asked me the other night whether I’m glad I went. “Yes,” I said, “but …” I do have a few complaints. Not many, but a few.
First of all, do you need an MFA? I was told by a workshop leader at the Santa Barbara Writers’ Conference back in [...]