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How I Turned a Need into an Article

When I regularly taught an online poetry workshop, one of the exercises I assigned encouraged students to craft a poem that used the cross-cutting technique typically found in films. I desperately wanted to find a themed reading to go along with the assignment. I searched. And then I searched some more. I asked other poets.…


Added by Bernadette Geyer on April 28, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Book Editing: The Last Stretch

A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.  -  Richard Bach

I've had more than a dozen different odd jobs since my adolescence, but I have to say, being a writer has been the…


Added by Loraine Van Tuyl on April 28, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Animated TV Series

I was looking at the illustration for my book and I realized that it would make a hilarious adult animated  series.  So I have divided my efforts between looking for a producer and promoting my book.  If any of you are in Ottawa on Saturday April 30, I will be at…


Added by Laura Zentner on April 28, 2016 at 7:17am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning on this lovely Thursday. You know, each of us makes a difference in this world, and we all matter. Don't push your dreams aside because somebody tell you they're "silly" or that you'll never get there.If you believe in yourself & your abilities then you will get there. You matter. What you want…


Added by Deborah Ailman on April 28, 2016 at 5:41am — No Comments

Thursday's Three on Art and Poetry

Posted Thursday's Three, a trio of upcoming art-and-poetry-related exhibitions:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 28, 2016 at 5:39am — No Comments


John Ford Corley of the ‪#‎softrock‬ duo England Dan & John Ford Coley @ The Halli Casser-Jayne Show ‪#‎music‬.

Our exlusive …


Added by Halli Casser-Jayne on April 28, 2016 at 3:21am — No Comments

Most Common Mistakes Of New Writers

Newer and less experienced writers are going to make typically common mistakes. It is all part of the learning process. To help you avoid a few of these errors, here are a few commonly seen mistakes along with methods for avoiding such mistakes.


Jumping right into the writing process


A good piece of writing takes a lot of planning and thought. As a writer, you need to figure out what points you are going to make, if they are valid, and if you can prove…


Added by Rihana Smith on April 28, 2016 at 2:08am — 1 Comment


demands are everyday, simple things can be priceless, and while the words pound, grind, oh make us cry, while the world is turning, there is a small hope to always return home.

Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on April 27, 2016 at 10:53pm — No Comments

Congratulations, Girls Write Now Mentee & NYT scholarship winner Jada Fitzpatrick

A huge congratulations to Girls Write Now mentee Jada Fitzpatrick for being honored with the highly coveted New York Times Scholarship, with substantial financial backing each semester and a summer job at the Times. As a company founded to give women a stronger voice in the male dominated industry of publishing, we are extremely honored to support Girls Write Now, the first organization in the country with a writing and mentoring model exclusively for…


Added by Kristin Bustamante on April 27, 2016 at 5:05pm — No Comments


Ah, the first byline is a thrill. And I have a story about it.

But an even bigger thrill came first, in 1968, hearing my first radio commercial air while driving to my aunt's house. It hit me -- I was putting words in other peoples' mouths. Here was my commercial, where everyone could hear it! Who could I tell? It was so exciting.

Writing for the voice is good practice for other kinds of writing. I figured this out at some point. Maybe when my neighbor JoAnn said my writing was…


Added by Sharon Bondroff on April 27, 2016 at 4:49pm — 1 Comment

Building a Relationship with Your Characters


Characters are one of the most important things about a book, so it's important to connect with the people you've created in your head so they seem real to your readers.

 I thought that was a good opening line *pats self on the back* so now, let's get down to it!

 Basically, if you can't connect with your characters; how can you expect your readers to? Get comfortable with them, know them, describe them and their actions.…


Added by Ashley Earley on April 27, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Work of Fiction ‘B. S., Incorporated’ Hilariously Exposes Life in Corporate America

April 27, 2016 (Minneapolis, MN) – Authors Jennifer Rock and Michael Voss announced today that their debut novel B. S., Incorporated will be released in May 2016, published by Wise Ink Creative…


Added by Kelsey McBride on April 27, 2016 at 10:20am — No Comments

Good Evening

Don’t give up…before you give your dream a chance to get going. Failure is NOT a sign that that whole idea is wrong but merely that you may be going about it the wrong way.

Look at our friend Edison here. If he quit after one or two attempts at making electricity then we might still be reading by candlelight.…


Added by Deborah Ailman on April 27, 2016 at 9:59am — No Comments

Lucien Stryk's 'Memo to the Builder' & 'You Must Change Your Life'

Posted a video of two poems by Lucien Stryk, with paintings by Suzanne Stryk:

Added by Maureen E. Doallas on April 27, 2016 at 8:07am — No Comments

Good Morning!

Good morning on this beautiful Wednesday. You know, when I was walking the dog this morning I heard the most beautiful bird song, and I was thinking that this bird was letting everyone around it know how happy it was. Just for being.

We should be more like that bird, don't you agree?

Make it a great…


Added by Deborah Ailman on April 27, 2016 at 5:49am — No Comments

TODAY 3 pm ET @ The Halli Casser-Jayne Show:


Stories of Elton JohnLed Zeppelin Official, Mickey Mantle and more, and the extraordinary career of John Ford Coley our guest!

A click to our our …


Added by Halli Casser-Jayne on April 27, 2016 at 3:39am — No Comments

Tips To Find Pleasure in Writing

Writing is a medium of communication which represents a language and emotions through the inscription or recording of the signs and symbols. Writing has a style. It  is the way writing is dressed up to fit the specific purpose context and audience. Word choice, sentence fluency and the writers voice- these three factors contribute to the style of a writing. Writing has given us a universal freedom to convey anything. A voice is difficult to measure reliably. A writer’s voice can be…


Added by Katherinehayden on April 27, 2016 at 12:17am — No Comments


wake late on wednesday,

remember your fathers’ mirror.


know that when all is mud and sundries,

it can be washed clean, clean as babies are.


that brings us back to chairs, that hold fear,

secrets, yet we are lucky in that


we have paid work, and he is not in



these are old words.





Added by Sonja Benskin Mesher on April 26, 2016 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Good Evening!

You be one…you be the light- the light of joy and good will. You be the one to smile; even if you think there is nothing to smile about you will find just the act of smiling makes you feel better. And the great thing about that is that, when others see you smile then they often smile as well.

I’m sure…


Added by Deborah Ailman on April 26, 2016 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Where Are We in Relation to the Last Scene? Tracking Time in Memoir

Lately, with my memoir students and clients, I find myself writing the following query into nearly every submission: Where are we in relation to where we just were? As the writer of your memoir, it’s critical to remember that you lived the experiences you’re writing about, and that you must slow down…


Added by Brooke Warner on April 26, 2016 at 11:37am — No Comments

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