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Writing Prompt #4: Dorothy Parker Tackles Dialogue

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs


Writing Prompt #4, Dorothy Parker and Writing Dialogue




Added by Matilda Butler on June 13, 2012 at 2:00am — 5 Comments

Writing Prompt #3: Dorothy Parker and Character Development

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs


Writing Prompt #3, Dorothy Parker and Your Character Descriptions…


Added by Matilda Butler on June 12, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Refer vs. Recommend

I watched a movie the other night in which a revered contagious disease specialist facing a lethal epidemic delivered a line to a nervous patient that made my own skin crawl. It was something along the lines of: "That's not my area of expertise, but I'll refer a doctor."

Ugh. Apparently no one is immune to bad grammar, not even the upper echelon of Hollywood scriptwriters.

Refer and recommend have different…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 12, 2012 at 7:22am — 14 Comments

Writing Prompt #2, Who is Dorothy Parker and What's She Doing Here on SheWrites?

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs


Writing Prompt #2, Who is Dorothy Parker?


Yesterday, I began a series of blogs…


Added by Matilda Butler on June 11, 2012 at 11:00pm — 2 Comments

HAPPENING TONIGHT! Navigating the Pink Ghetto, Spilling Red Ink


In this town of writerly goodness, every once in a while an event rolls around that I feel I just can't miss.  Still trying to line up a sitter, but damned if I won't be there.  If anywhere near NYC tonight, I strongly encourage you to hightail it to this panel too -- which features members of my awesome authors' group, and the founder of…


Added by Deborah Siegel on June 11, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Writing Prompt #1, Dorothy Parker Speaks, SheWrites Listens (and Writes)

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder Women's Memoirs


Part 1, Dorothy Parker Speaks, SheWrites Listens (and Writes)


The Algonquin Hotel, a phrase that tickles the imagination of writers everywhere. What would it…


Added by Matilda Butler on June 10, 2012 at 8:00am — No Comments

Alix Kates Shulman shares her experiences as a mentor with Girls Write Now

We often talk about the organization Girls Write Now here on She Writes. To quote from our own About Us page, Girls Write Now "has been a philanthropic partner since we began. As an organization, part of our mission is to grow with GWN and support it in every way we can, by identifying writers to teach Craft Workshops, by inviting authors to speak at…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on June 8, 2012 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

[REALITY CHECK] Interview with Rhonda Penders, editor-in-chief of The Wild Rose Press

Today on "Reality Check" we have an interview with Rhonda Penders, who is Editor-in-Chief of the independent publishing house The Wild Rose Press. Below, Rhonda shares some of her advice on getting published.

[ZB] Hi Rhonda! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions.…


Added by Zetta Brown on June 6, 2012 at 7:00am — 13 Comments

How not to pitch your indie book

I recently stumbled across an eight-minute video in which a young book reviewer named Liz ranted, for lack of a better word, about self-published authors. Liz has nothing against indie books; it's the way some authors approach her that drives her nuts.

Full disclosure: Liz is not a professional book reviewer. She's a college student who loves to read and enjoys sharing her opinions online, and as a result, she's garnered quite a following. Her witty video reviews average…


Added by Maria Murnane on June 5, 2012 at 7:55am — 4 Comments

Hot Fun in the Summertime

When the temperature crawls above 80 degrees and the trees turn deep vibrant green, the seasonal songs of my youth start rolling through my head. One of my favorites is “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” by Sly and the Family Stone. The title says it all. Summer is…


Added by Sally Whitney on May 27, 2012 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Not the Same Old Carnival

It’s probably a bit of a cliché by now - a Caribbean novel with scenes of Carnival - but Carnival was such an important part of my childhood, and especially of summer, that it’s bound to sneak in when I'm writing about summer in Antigua. If you come to Antigua between the months of June and early August, you'll find that much of the radio talk, music, and energy there are directed at Carnival. Well, Carnival and politics - but once you begin to understand the lingo, you’ll understand that…


Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on May 31, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

What I Didn't Yet Do On My Summer Vacation

I know lots of teachers eschew the longstanding "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" assignment. They think it's hackneyed and perhaps overdone.


I love it, though, and I always have. When I was in the classroom, I always assigned this on the first day of school, due the next day. It was a written assignment, coupled with an oral presentation. Kids could add art if they were so inclined. The assignment doubled as both writing homework and as a "getting to know you" activity so…


Added by Debby Carroll on May 24, 2012 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Summer Writers Workshops and Retreats - 5 tips to help you choose

Kids might dream about summer camp, but if you’re a writer you’re likely thinking about summer writers retreats, conferences, and workshops. They’re a perfect opportunity to escape your home office, explore a beautiful natural setting, make new writing pals, and invest in your writing craft. And, like summer camps for kids, they’re great fun. Here’s what to look for when choosing a summer writers workshop, conference, or retreat...…


Added by Michele Peterson on May 29, 2012 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Write Funny--You’ll Make More Money

Do people scratch their heads at your punch lines? Do you need to explain why the joke was funny? Do you wonder what Adam Sandler got that you ain’t got? If you adamantly answered “yes” to any of these questions, I got news for you.

You’re not funny.

The good news is that although you may never be a stand-up comedian, if you can write pretty well,…


Added by Susie Brown on May 21, 2012 at 2:00am — 6 Comments

Write Outside the Box

If you happen to live in the Northern Hemisphere, then June is announced with the closing of school doors, the splashing of pool water, and the silencing of the computer keyboard.

Our bodies? Outside.

Our minds? Stuck somewhere in between pages of pool-side books and margarita-filled glasses.

Our writing? On the backburner, waiting to spring to life--maybe sometime in early September.

So why is this the time of year to push our minds to think and write outside of…


Added by Kimberly Zook on May 24, 2012 at 12:00pm — 10 Comments

Misuse of "myself"

A while back, I wrote a fun blog post called The Plural of Book is Not Book's, and since then, She Writes members from all over have been sending me their own grammar pet peeves. I love reading them because they prove I'm not alone in my quest to make the world a better place by eliminating one grammatical error at a time.

One of the most common messages I get is about the misuse of…


Added by Maria Murnane on May 29, 2012 at 8:07am — No Comments

A Method for Revising "Flash"

On this final day as guest editor at SheWrites, I’d like to suggest a method for revision, a process you must undertake if you eventually want to publish your “flash” fiction and nonfiction. This comes from an excerpt of an article in The Rose Metal Press Field Guide for Writing Flash Fiction (http://www.rosemetalpress.com/Catalog/Field%20Guide_more.html) entitled “Editing and Revising Flash…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 26, 2012 at 4:09pm — 1 Comment

The Value of Flash: Lose the Critic and Find the Strength

Writing fast and furious is the goal in “flash” fiction and nonfiction because by doing so you outrun that pesky little character called your “inner critic,” which is that mean and shaming voice in your head that tells you everything you write is stupid and not worth the time,…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 25, 2012 at 8:00am — 9 Comments

Call for Open Submissions! Theme: Summer

Hello She Writers!

I'm writing to announce another open submissions period! From May 27th to June 2nd She Writers will have another chance to submit informative posts about the craft of writing. The theme for the week is Summer. Let's kick off the season right!

If you'd like to share any insights, stories, or advice, simply make a post on your She Writes blog and…


Added by Caitlyn Levin on May 24, 2012 at 9:27am — 13 Comments

Interview with Ohio U. Professor Dinty W. Moore, Editor and Award Winning Author

As guest editor this week for SheWrites, I am pleased to introduce Dinty W. Moore, professor, writer and editor.  Dinty was kind enough to take the time for an interview related to Flash NonFiction.  Dinty is the editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Flash NonFiction coming out in September, 2012.  Visit rosemetalpress.com as well as dintywmoore.com for more…


Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 24, 2012 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

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