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Finding Your Story with Gerard Jones

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.

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How to Critique Other Writers’ Work

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 […]

MFA—Do you need one?

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 […]