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I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

I Am Subject: We Write What We Need to Learn

Meet US Author Diane DeBella. She’s is our Site Sponsor through early June 2014. Her book “I Am Subject” is highly relevant to each of us as women, and as women writers. It is about being subject of our own lives, not objects, not adjuncts to the lives of others. Stay a while. Linger here and […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 19 Replies More
Are You a Real Writer?

Are You a Real Writer?

When I was in my twenties, I considered myself a writer. After all, I’d been the editor of my college literary magazine, and had won several writing contests while in school. It didn’t matter to me that the only writing I’d done since graduation was in notebooks kept under the bed, or that it was […]

April 17, 2014 | By | 14 Replies More
An MA in writing – is it worth it?

An MA in writing – is it worth it?

Last month, the novelist Hanif Kureishi declared creative writing courses ‘a waste of time.’ The statement seems counterintuitive – Kureishi himself is a teacher of creative writing at Kingston University. Nevertheless, his statement sparked an energetic discussion, with Jeanette Winterson defending her professorship at Manchester University, while the novelist Lucy Ellmann wrote ‘I can’t stand […]

April 14, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More
My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

My Five Favorite Pieces of Writing Advice

Since graduating college, I’ve been a magazine journalist. The first half of my career I spent on staff as an editor at various women’s magazines, the second half as a freelance writer. I have loads of advice to share for the newly graduated who have the same dream I did — to see your name […]

April 10, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
Failure First, Success Second

Failure First, Success Second

I failed at getting my first novel published and I stopped writing. I wrote a young adult science fiction novel while also playing Division I college basketball at the University of Richmond. Writing helped me cope with the various pressures and expectations in athletics and academics. Working on that story allowed me to escape when […]

April 8, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

The #iamsubject Project with Diane DeBella

Join the #iamsubject project! Diane DeBella, our Site Sponsor through June 5, 2014, is launching the #iamsubject Project inviting girls and women to participate in increasing awareness of the need for girls and women to stay subject of their own lives. She is inviting you to write your own #iamsubject story on your blog or […]

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How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

How to Be Human: Diary of an Autistic Girl

Florida Frenz is the autistic teen author of “How to Be Human, Diary of an Autistic Girl”  She explains to us what writing means to her. I have special needs. There. No hiding, just the straight up blunt truth. I have autism, hypotonia, dysgraphia and, before intense therapy, some kind of reading disability. There’s also […]

April 2, 2014 | By | 9 Replies More
Writing Recipes

Writing Recipes

According to a recent poll, 57% of families don’t eat together, and they eat in up to four different rooms. This has not been my family’s experience. The Mystic Cookfire: the sacred art of creating food to nurture friends and family (written by Veronika Sophia Robinson, and illustrated by Sara Simon) is a collection of […]

March 31, 2014 | By | 3 Replies More
The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

The Inside Scoop: Working with a Freelance Editor

Your draft is done. You’ve re-read it a dozen times and you can’t stand to be near it another minute. Cleaning the bathroom is starting to sound more appealing than revising your book yet another time. Well, it sounds like you’re ready to work with an editor! Hiring a freelance editor is one of the […]

March 27, 2014 | By | 8 Replies More
Doctors Writing about Patients

Doctors Writing about Patients

I’m judgemental. It is my job to express opinions. Is it cancer? Is this patient about to break down? Will antibiotics cure this cough? Will this person be well in a week? So is it right for me to write about my work? I certainly don’t want to write about the patients who annoy me, […]

March 26, 2014 | By | 2 Replies More