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The Irish Irish vs. The Irish Americans... in San Francisco

Terence Clarke | Posted 06.05.2012 | Home
Terence Clarke

As any real Irishman who has met one of his American counterparts will tell you, the Americans are different. The American Irish seldom use their accent to elaborate a story or to make it pleasing.

What's Next After The Hunger Games: 10 Young Adult Dystopias Coming Out 2012

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.05.2012 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The number of dystopian-themed books is at its highest since the 1960s. What Young Adult dystopians are you looking forward to reading this year?

Wrestling With Point of View in Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Sometimes it takes several drafts before you get the point of view that works for a particular story.

Major Fiction Award Winner Announced

AP | Posted 05.26.2012 | Books

NEW YORK — Julie Otsuka's "The Buddha in the Attic," a brief, poetic novel about young Japanese women who emigrate to the U.S. and marry men the...

LiePad: Why Nonfiction Writers Must Never Change the Facts

Brandt Goldstein | Posted 05.21.2012 | Media
Brandt Goldstein

Can a writer working in the realm of nonfiction ever change the facts because he's Making Art or Delivering an Important Message? The view of basically every respected journalist is Hell No. But a new book takes the opposite view.

The Snow Child

Meg Waite Clayton | Posted 05.16.2012 | Books
Meg Waite Clayton

Whimsical and melancholy, believable and not, The Snow Child is an honest exploration of the weight of grief and the saving grace of love.

The Fiction That Fiction Is Fiction Is Fiction

Joan Marans Dim | Posted 05.07.2012 | Books
Joan Marans Dim

Must a novelist, whose task often is to mine the jumble of life's experiences, disguise plot and characters so that no one is offended? My answer is an emphatic "no."

Psychic Attacks and Obsessions: The Vanishers by Heidi Julavits

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 05.06.2012 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

Bristling with wicked humor and sharp-edged irony, The Vanishers explores the ways in which the dead can haunt the living and the often painful persistence of memory.

Plant Teacher: An Excellent Read

Joel D. Hirst | Posted 05.05.2012 | Books
Joel D. Hirst

Good fiction books are ones that entertain, while at the same time leave the reader with a better understanding of the truths they are trying to portr...

The Gift of Heartbeats

Carol Hoenig | Posted 04.17.2012 | Books
Carol Hoenig

Human nature often encourages us to live in the present but when the present has little to offer, the past becomes much more important to a daughter wanting to know much more about her father.

Writers' Valentines to Their Mentors

Elizabeth Benedict | Posted 04.14.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Benedict

Several years ago, I unleashed a whole lot of gratitude and love in a group of wonderful writers

What Do Writers Want? Everything.

Lev Raphael | Posted 04.05.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Roxane Gay recently pointed out in Salon that all our discussions about whether women writers like best selling Jennifer Weiner don't get enough press...

How Two South Asian Literary Festivals Are Defining the Role of the Writer

Deji Olukotun | Posted 04.02.2012 | Books
Deji Olukotun

Most literary festivals are placid affairs in which writers exchange ideas and autographs and occasionally get tanked. But these two festivals were overshadowed by the political contexts in which they occurred.

What Happens to the Characters of A Separation After Iran Sanctions?

Maryam Zar | Posted 03.26.2012 | World
Maryam Zar

Indulge for a moment, in a little imagination: It is January 2013 and the Western hemisphere's embargo on Iranian oil has begun to have an impact on the nation's economy.

Gold, Guns and Books: the Meyomesse Affair

Deji Olukotun | Posted 03.24.2012 | World
Deji Olukotun

Writer Enoh Meyomesse landed in Yaounde, Cameroon after a trip to Singapore on November 22. As he deplaned, the national police detained him, searched his belongings, and accused him of stealing gold as part of a sophisticated coup d'état against President Paul Biya.

Fiction Writing for Beginners

Jennifer Langione | Posted 03.06.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

You'll often find that taking chances with your writing will bring your story to new and interesting places that you never anticipated. Don't be afraid to fail the first, second or third time -- writing is all about delayed gratification!

"Freedom" to Try to Write Literature

Robert Schwab | Posted 03.04.2012 | Denver
Robert Schwab

Finally having finished Jonathan Franzen's Freedom, I wanted to review it here, hoping to acknowledge the long-term pleasure one gets from reading even when the quality of the writing is less than you might have hoped.

Interview With Maura Kelly, Author of Much Ado About Loving

Teddy Wayne | Posted 03.04.2012 | Books
Teddy Wayne

The authors of Much Ado About Loving have made a living musing over the vagaries of the human heart, and have put in their time in the dating trenches of New York City.

Sacred Teacher and Student Trust in a Fairy Tale World

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 02.14.2012 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

The Kingdom of Childhood, by Rebecca Coleman, is a gripping novel, full of suspense and psychological insight into a woman's first adulterous behavior...

It Ain't Over Till It's Over: Chapter Two

Posted 02.20.2012 | Fifty

One of the reasons I started my website,, is that I wanted a place for women (including me!) to come together and dream. Women should ...

WATCH: Neil Gaiman On The Simpsons

Posted 12.06.2011 | Books

Available free to watch online for one week (click above), the new episode of The Simpsons, called "The Book Job", features Neil Gaiman ("The British ...

Moms, Writing, and Guilt: Don't Get in Your Own Way

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.14.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Writing, alas, is not that exciting, seen from the outside, and there's no simple recipe for getting it done -- especially if you're a mother.

America 2012: Read the News, Drink Alka-Seltzer

Dan Agin | Posted 01.04.2012 | Books
Dan Agin

In this crazy political time we need to read about Hell on Earth -- dystopia -- so that we know what to look for when it comes sneaking around the corner dressed up in fashionable clothes.

Writing Academic Satire... For Fun and Profit

Lev Raphael | Posted 01.03.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

Outsiders slam academia for not being "the real world," but I disagree. At times it's far too real. It can exhibit the oversize egos of professional sports; the hypocrisy of politics; the cruelty of big business; and the ruthlessness of organized crime.

Book Review: (Save The Pearls Part One) Revealing Eden

Irene Rubaum-Keller | Posted 01.01.2012 | Books
Irene Rubaum-Keller

What would happen if global warming continued to the point where resistance to deadly solar radiation determined class and beauty? This is the future we encounter in Victoria Foyt's captivating new novel, Revealing Eden.