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Memoir for Beginners now in Berkeley!

I’m excited to announce the Writers Grotto is now offering classes both online and in Berkeley as well as at our offices in San Francisco. My online Writing Habit is well underway, but I have two more classes coming up that still have room:

Memoir for Beginners (*Berkeley*)

Annie Lamott said, “You own everything […]

Smart Writers Finish Rich

It’s no secret that writers have a difficult time making a living. Unless you’re independently wealthy, you probably have to piece together an income through writing, editing, teaching, and sometimes other day jobs. Very few strike it rich, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get rich!

My friends used to tease me about this […]

5 Ways to Network During the Holidays

While the holidays are a great time to take a break from the usual craziness of daily life, they’re also a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends and family you’ve been neglecting while busy working and parenting and writing all year. If you’re traveling to see family, use this time to reconnect with those […]

How to Back Up Your Blog

One day I mentioned to my graphic designer friend Alta Peterson that I had never backed up my blog. This was her response:

OMG you have never backed up??? This is bad…

But of the 5 quatrillion (quatrillion isn’t a real number but it sounds HUGE, doesn’t it?) blog posts I’ve read about blogging, […]

What I Learned About Networking at AWP

I am woefully behind on everything this month after going out of town for three long weekends in a row. I took a lot of notes at AWP, however, and will be writing several blog posts as a result, one of which is “Is it Worth It to Get an PhD in Creative Writing?” I […]

AWP 14: Join Me!

For anyone going to AWP, I will mostly be workshop hopping and wandering around the Bookfair. Follow me on Twitter @meghancward as I tweet my workshops with the hashtag #AWP14. And email me at meghan if you will be there and want to meet up!



Merry Christmas!

To all the Writerland Challengers, I apologize for dropping off the Internet this past month. I have Heath Toffee for our winner, to be announced next week. And to everyone celebrating Christmas today, Merry Christmas!

Notes from Digi.Lit, San Francisco’s First Digital Literary Conference


June 29 I had the pleasure of participating on the Author Branding & Marketing Panel at Digi.Lit, Litquake’s first digital literary conference. I also attended several other sessions and live tweeted them.  

Here are some gems from the morning and noon sessions I attended:  

Is Digital Publishing the Best Option for […]

Stress Reduction for Writers

I’ve had insomnia for the past couple of years. Sometimes I’m up from 2-4 or 5 a.m., reading until I fall back to sleep. Other times I sleep through the night but wake up at 5 or 5:30. For a while I took Tylenol PM, then melatonin, but I hate taking sleeping pills. I […]

Best Irish Soda Bread Ever

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

This is my mom’s Irish soda bread recipe. It is SO easy and SO good, and you don’t have to be Irish to eat it. Enjoy!

4 c flour 1 1/2 t baking soda 1 t salt 2 T carraway seeds (optional, but I love them) 3/4 c sugar 1 c […]