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Interview with Award Winning Writer and Editor: Tara L. Masih

As guest editor this week for SheWrites, it is my pleasure to introduce Tara L. Masih, writer and editor.  Tara graciously consented to an interview in which she shares her thoughts and insights related to Flash Fiction.  I highly recommend The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash…

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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 22, 2012 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

What Exactly is "Flash" and Why Do I Care?

“Flash” Fiction and Nonfiction: The Brilliant Capturing of a Moment

 

This week as guest editor for SheWrites, I want to explore a subject that is close to my heart: “flash” literature.  My blog, 20 Minutes a Day at…

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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 21, 2012 at 10:16am — 5 Comments

The Value of 20 Minutes a Day

Hello.  My name is Helen (Len) Leatherwood and I am delighted to be the guest editor on SheWrites this week.  We will be talking about the importance of daily writing,as well as explore the world of Flash Fiction and Flash Memoir this week.  I look forward to getting to know you SheWrites members.  Please feel free to participate with comments and writing exercises.  I'd love to hear from you!
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Added by Helen (Len) Leatherwood on May 20, 2012 at 9:46pm — 10 Comments

Writing from the Heart and Mind

To me, the glory of being a writer is the freedom it gives you—

to explore your own mind and imagination, your passions and obsessions,

your…

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Added by Alix Kates Shulman on May 19, 2012 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

Tip Number 7: Bach, Counterpoint and Writing

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

We’re Back to Bach and We’re Looking for Inspiration

Yesterday, I wrote about an intersection between Bach and Cicero -- Bach’s two-part inventions and three-part sinfonias along with Cicero’s five phases for oration. Today I’d like to…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 19, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

How Much of a Memoir Has to be True?

Sarah Glazer Wonders if Fiction is Sometimes Truer than Truth

A familiar figure from my childhood popped up on the page while I was reading my mother’s memoir of growing up in New York some years ago. There was our neighborhood baker, Mr. K., instantly recognizable by the description of his shelves, which usually held more books than loaves, and by the portrait of a displaced, bookish Eastern…

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Added by State of the Art on May 18, 2012 at 7:34am — 3 Comments

Tip Number 6: J.S. Bach and Marcus T. Cicero for Writers

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

A Week of Writing Tips

What do J. S. Bach and Marcus T. Cicero (remember those Latin speeches you had to memorize?) have to offer writers? For the past five days, I’ve shared a series of tips about using Joseph Campbell’s hero’s journey as a guide to your…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 18, 2012 at 3:00am — No Comments

Tip Number 5: How to Understand Your Writing Journey

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



What Does a Writer Do at the End of Her Journey?

We reach the end of the writer’s journey today. This is the concluding segment of Gail Straub’s story of her mythic memoir journey to write and publish…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 17, 2012 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

Tip Number 4: How to Understand Your Writing Journey

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder WomensMemoirs.com

 

The Writer's Mythic Journey Continues

This week, I hope you’ve been following Gail Straub, author of Returning To My Mother's House: Taking Back the Wisdom of the Feminine, as she shares with…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 16, 2012 at 1:00am — No Comments

Tip Number 3: How to Understand Your Writing Journey

Matilda Butler, SheWrites Guest Editor and Co-Founder WomensMemoirs.com





Let Gail Straub and Joseph Campbell Light Your Writing Path

As a writer, you are probably familiar with Joseph Campbell. His career of researching myths across cultures led him to what he called the monomyth. Campbell taught, wrote and spoke at…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 15, 2012 at 1:00am — 2 Comments

Tip Number 2: How to Understand Your Writing Journey

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





Joseph Campbell and the Writers' Journey

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing author Gail Straub to you. I focused on her award-winning memoir, and today want to tell you a little more about Gail before she continues with the story of her…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 14, 2012 at 1:00am — 3 Comments

Tip Number 1: How to Understand Your Writing Journey

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



Happy Mother's Day and Your Journey as a Writer

Where are you in the midst of your journey as a writer? Do you sometimes feel lost? Feel alone? Not sure where to turn? Overwhelmed? Think you see the light at the end of the tunnel when it turns…

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Added by Matilda Butler on May 13, 2012 at 1:00am — 16 Comments

What is a book proposal?

You may have heard the term "book proposal," but chances are you have no idea what one really includes. Don't worry, you're not alone!

If you're working on a non-fiction book and looking to get it traditionally published, you don't have to submit the entire finished product to pitch either a literary agent or an acquisitions editor at a publishing house. Instead, use a book proposal, which I like to think of as a business plan for your book. In other words, a book proposal should…

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Added by Maria Murnane on May 15, 2012 at 7:54am — 1 Comment

Postings from Paramaribo 5

So I said the last post was my last but …a “hey-I’m-back-just-catching-up” phone call with a friend and her inevitable “how was it?” made me realize I had at least one post (of my time at the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars 13th Annual Conference in Paramaribo, Suriname) left in me.

“It went really well,” I replied, realizing that I wasn’t even doing that thing that we do that …

“How’re you doing?”

“I’m fine”

… thing…

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Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on May 14, 2012 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Take Your Readers Somewhere...The Importance of Place

Kendra Bonnett is a partner at
 Women's Memoirs. This is her final day as guest editor on She Writes.

Yesterday I wrote about sensory detail and the five senses. Today I want to leave you with a few thoughts about Place and it's importance in our writing.


"Geography is about maps, but biography is about chaps."

It's a line from one of English novelist…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on May 12, 2012 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Postings from Paramaribo 4

I wanted to share while it was fresh-ish in my mind my favourite of this morning’s presentations on the last conference day here in Suriname.

It’s a literary conference but Surinamese artist Kit-Ling Tjon Pian Gi has provided a strong visual element, from designing the eye catching logo – which blends two of her major influences nature and the Feminine, to being the star of the opening night of the cultural programme that has added an element of fun to the week of stimulating mental…

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Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on May 11, 2012 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Use the Five Senses in Your Quest to Write One True Sentence

Kendra Bonnett, a partner at
Women's Memoirs, is guest editor this week on She Writes.

In
 A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway wrote, "All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know." The author lived by this rule. His letters to friends and colleagues are filled with
references to how he spent a whole day writing and rewriting a single…

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Added by Kendra Bonnett on May 11, 2012 at 7:30am — 12 Comments

[REALITY CHECK] When Authors Don’t Try

No one ever said getting published and building an audience was easy.

 

Wait a minute...yes they have. There are lots of online gurus who say this all the time. Can’t write? No problem! Can’t tell the difference between an infinitive and a run-on sentence? Who cares!…

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Added by Zetta Brown on May 9, 2012 at 8:30am — 20 Comments

Celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week

"I had a teacher named Colonel John Robert Doyle.... He would read my crummy poetry like it was written by Yeats.... He made the whole thing worthwhile for me," says bestselling author Pat Conroy, remembering his experience at the Citadel.

In support of National Teacher Day and Teacher Appreciation Week, I'm excited to share this moving video, which features Michael Chabon,…

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Added by Laura on May 8, 2012 at 10:41am — No Comments

Postings from Paramaribo 3 and 3 1/2

No that title is not a misprint…real life in the form of wonky internet service here at the hotel proved a hurdle to my plan to blog daily from the Association of Caribbean Women Writers and Scholars conference here in Suriname. Yesterday was a really long day for me (and today got off to a late start...with me spending too much of the late morning session people-watching and scribbling as ideas came to me), so it’s probably just as well…still.

So what made yesterday so long? Well, I…

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Added by Joanne C. Hillhouse on May 10, 2012 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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