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[SWP News] Show these Books some Love!

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on February 6, 2016 at 10:30am 1 Comment

The Longest Mile by Christine Meyer

In the course of their lifetime, one out of two men and one out of three women will be diagnosed with cancer. Many of us watch in desperation as our friends and loved ones fight for their lives. But after seeing several of her patients and her dearest aunt engage in a battle with cancer, Dr. Christine Meyer decided to embark on a quest for hope—and through happenstance and love, a team of runners emerged that empowered a community to make a difference, not only in the lives of cancer patients, but in one another’s lives. Along the way, Meyer learned that the true measure of a doctor’s success is not the number of lives saved but the number of lives…



Posted by Lauren Wise on January 26, 2016 at 5:00pm 2 Comments

The Way of the Mysterial Woman: Upgrading How You Live, Love, and Lead

By Suzanne Anderson MA and Susan Cannon PhD

The Way of the Mysterial Woman is for every woman who feels the call into greatness, authenticity, and meaningful living; women who are finally ready to step into their lives with mind, body, heart, and soul fully engaged and awaken their true potential. Women’s leadership development pioneers Suzanne Anderson and Susan Cannon know that we’re not alone in our yearning to meet this call. In fact, they assure us that this is a naturally occurring global imperative for women.

So we hear the clarion call, but how do we meet it? It’s almost like we need a completely new internal operating system. Fortunately, the co-authors have discovered exactly that―this dynamic guidebook offers us the upgrade we’ve been searching for.

The Way of the…


Commercial vs. Literary Fiction

Posted by Caitlyn Levin on February 10, 2016 at 12:30pm 10 Comments

What is commercial fiction? The term gets thrown around a lot. Do you write “literary” fiction, or “commercial” fiction? As a writer, I hate this question. Labelling some kinds of fiction as commercial and others as literary implies that one is a higher calling than another. This question seems to be a favorite among writers, however. I’m only asked this question by other people who write, usually when we’re in class together. It usually strikes me as rude, because anyone who knows anything about the connotation of words (like writers do) would know that it’s a backwards sort of insult.

People usually ask this question when they consider themselves writers of literary fiction (to be said with a hoity-toity,…


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Solving a DUI problem

Being charged with DUI definitely is a serious thing. DUI is a crime in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and if you are charged with DUI, expect a very serious punishment. In spite of the fact that you didn’t cause an accident and you were simply pulled over by the police for routine checks, this doesn’t mean that your situation is less serious. DUI is very seriously treated because roughly 40% of U.S. traffic deaths are alcohol related to some degree. As a result, the…

SAND Launches Issue #11 in Berlin

On 25 April 2015, SAND: Berlin’s English Language Journal held its Issue #11 launch party at 1820 Bar in Berlin. The event was co-hosted with The Reader Berlin, an organization that offers workshops and other services for writers in the city.

The new issue of SAND features the winner of The Reader’s Short Story Competition, Will Studdert, who read from his prize-winning story, “Horst-Wessel-Stadt.” Studdert recently completed a history PhD at the University of Kent,…

Good Evening!

When you think you’ve come to the end of your road…keep going. if you think there is no where else to turn…keep going. It is not over

If you let negative emotions grab at you and fill your mind with stuff like “Are you kidding- this will never work no matter what you do!” then yeah, you’re done.…

3 Rules of Writing the Workshops Get Wrong

Writers are (often erroneously) taught to avoid: genre, sentimentality, and telling instead of showing. Unfortunately, this advice leads many writers astray. Here’s some further reading on why genre is not a dirty word, why there is a place for sentimentality in writing, and why “show don’t tell” isn’t quite the whole story.

Why Genre Is Not a Dirty Word

When I was in grad school, genre was a dirty word. The last thing you wanted to be accused of…


I wonder where you draw the line between historical fiction and more contemporary war stories? Would it be WWI? That's one war that interests me and in comparison to WWII I think it has been less used for fiction. 


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