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  • Last reply by Kelli Swearingen
    Hacienda San Miguel  Batopilas, Mexico   A crumbling hacienda lies across the river walls of red earth telling stories We were built out of silver, they say Our father...
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    Last reply by Melissa Stevens
    I naturally (and easily) write in first person; however am I cutting myself off from giving other characters "the mic" as it were? I'm experimenting with 3rd person and it's awkward at best. Are there any benefits to writing in 3rd? Thanks, Kier
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    I've been revising my work, and I have run headfirst into a wall that I am not sure how to get around, namely, how to write from the perspective of myself as a child....
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    Let’s say I were like the journalist Mahmoud al-Sawadi in Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad. Mahmoud lucked into a period of preventive detention and had time to...
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    Behind The Book American Family By Catherine Marshall-Smith “What a long strange trip it’s been,” pretty much sums up my experience writing American Family. What...
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    I recently attended three days of the James River Writers Conference in Richmond, VA. The experience gave me a whole new perspective on my memoir. After having three l...


  • Beautiful! So beautifully said! Thank you. As a journaling teacher for over three deca...hear our voices and words, drops us into a listening, reflective-contemplative mode wherein we are received. Rece...
  • What a great post, Dani. I appreciate your perspective—always—on social media and onli...on NPR last night about boredom, and how it brings the brain back to "default mode," a critical state of mind fo...
  • House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende (born in Peru, raised in Chile), as well as all of her other novels (Eva Luna, Daughter of Fortune, Portrait in Sepia, and more...