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You Just Kinda Wasted My Precious Time: Dylan's Cold Apperance on Letterman a Let-Down

Lauren Daley | Posted 05.26.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Daley

If my dad or mom calls me after 11 p.m., my first thought is not emergency, but that one of them just found either Bob Dylan or Neil Young on TV. We Daleys are a proud Dylan-and-Young-loving people.

The Freelancer's 3-Step Guide to Finding the Perfect Workplace

Danielle Wolffe | Posted 05.22.2015 | Small Business
Danielle Wolffe

Know yourself. Ninety percent of artist retreats are offered in rural locations. If country based solitude is the key to your artistic soul, wonderful, congratulations. You have so many great options. If you are part city mouse -- consider alternatives.

A Land Where Writers Are Revered

Jeanine Barone | Posted 05.21.2015 | Travel
Jeanine Barone

In the beginning, there existed an island -- uninhabited but for the Arctic fox -- sculpted by snow and ice, wind, water, and fire. This wild, windswept land had no name, until settlers arrived in the 10th century, and made this place their home.

The Book Industry's Discrimination Problem

Brooke Warner | Posted 05.20.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

As a country, we grapple with more than our share of discrimination challenges--where people of color, LGBTQ folks, and people with disabilities (to call out only a few of the bigger groups) feel its blow every single day.

Do You Have What It Takes to Get Into a Writing Program?

Jen Grisanti | Posted 05.20.2015 | Los Angeles
Jen Grisanti

It is that time of year when writers from all over the country apply to the studio and network writing programs. I am the Writing Instructor for Writers on the Verge at NBC and have been for the last eight years.

I'm Admitting My Shame: I. Am. A. Crowdfunder.

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 05.19.2015 | Money
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

As a three-time crowdfunder let me tell you a little secret: almost no one gets rich. There are a few exceptions, those are celebrities and people pre-selling really cool gadgets.

Balancing the Loneliness of the Writing Life

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.16.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Hemingway also made the statement that, "There is nothing to writing. All you do all you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed." Leave to good ol' Papa Hemingway to be his dramatic best, but he has a point. We bleed creativity.

Elderly Women's Empowerment Fiction or 'Soft-core, Old-lady Porn'-- Behold the Great New Movement Upon Us!

Paul Gordon | Posted 05.13.2015 | Books
Paul Gordon

I want Charmaine Gordon's elderly women's empowerment fiction to go viral and, while it might not, her work is deserving of it because it is devoted to a small, somewhat overlooked, yet important genre that deserves all the attention it can get.

Odd and Curious People You Meet at a Book Signing

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 05.12.2015 | Comedy
Elaine Ambrose

The momentary glamour was offset by the reality that I made enough money to pay for my gas to drive back home. But I did meet some interesting characters.

The Word Count Dilemma

Steven Petite | Posted 05.12.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Comparing yourself to prize winning and commercially successful novelists is not rational and can only lead to negative thoughts. Make goals, maintain them, and most importantly, write every day.

Cheap, Distance Learning Alternatives to an MFA in Creative Writing

Michael Ernest Sweet | Posted 05.11.2015 | Education
Michael Ernest Sweet

I've known for the past year of so that I would have a special opportunity coming up in my life. Namely, time away from work to do something for mys...

Are Authors Anything Like the Characters They Write?

Kristen Houghton | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Kristen Houghton

Basing certain traits on an actual person, living or dead, is one thing but the question most authors of fiction get asked by readers is, "Is the main character in your stories anything at all like you?"

Writers Share the Stage with Nostradamus at Pen International Festival

Nancy Cohen-koan | Posted 05.05.2015 | Arts
Nancy Cohen-koan

Writers dream of a better place and what they can do to right the wrongs that artists feel so deeply. These readings could have taken place in a San Francisco cellar with Lenny Bruce and George Carlin waiting in the wings.

The American Sports Columnist

Ken Reed | Posted 05.05.2015 | Sports
Ken Reed

I fell in love with sports at about age seven. A couple years later, I fell in love with the sports page. But I quickly grew a little bored with pictures, box scores and game stories. I gravitated to the sports columnists. Even at a young age I enjoyed debating sports topics.

The Three Catalysts To Boost Your Writing Productivity And Performance

Tom Ayling | Posted 04.30.2015 | Books
Tom Ayling

Some were bad ideas, some were executed terribly, some didn't even get out of my head, and some of those that did were only partially implemented.

What Bruce Jenner Can Teach Writers

Melissa Miles McCarter | Posted 04.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Melissa Miles McCarter

As a writer, I am interested in the complexities of gender identity that this "coming out" exemplifies. I wonder, when writing about people, whether in fiction, creative nonfiction or memoirs, how the shifting notion of gender can inform our decisions.

Writers: How to Use Twitter to Build Your Brand for Your Book, Blog or Business

Sarah Cannata | Posted 04.28.2015 | Business
Sarah Cannata

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, SlideShare... Whew! I'm not sure about you, but I've got more social media platform options at my fingertips than I can handle.

Literary Speed Dating: How Not to Find an Agent for Your Book

Karen Dionne | Posted 04.24.2015 | Books
Karen Dionne

Pitch sessions are a staple at most writers conferences, offering authors the opportunity to sit down face-to-face with literary agents to talk about their projects. Some conferences pair writers and agents for ten minutes of one-on-one time, often for an additional fee.

The Myth of the Suicidal Writer

Warren Adler | Posted 04.22.2015 | Books
Warren Adler

The myth contends that because the artist is blessed with such extraordinary insight, he or she can see into deeper truths where there is only futility, darkness, disillusion and death. It is all part of the tortured artist stereotype. I'm not entirely sold.

3 Ways Writers Get Overwhelmed -- And What To Do About It

Brooke Warner | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Brooke Warner

The desire to write is a strong pull. And as much as we want it and love it, our writing can start to feel like a "should," and a bit like a spurned lover when we're not giving it our full attention. Yes, it's that intense.

Building Your Own Castle

Graham Milne | Posted 04.14.2015 | Books
Graham Milne

Writing, like any profession, is a road forked with unexpected turns and sudden drops and stops. On occasion, when you reach what you expect is the successful end, you discover abruptly that the princess is in another castle.

Easter In Pittsburgh

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Even on Easter Sunday when the church was a jungle of lilies and ferns fat Uncle Paul who loved his liquor so would pound away ...

Wilfred Owen: "Insensibility"

The Poetry Foundation | Austin Allen | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

From an early age, Wilfred Owen seems to have demanded a lot out of the people around him. His younger brother Harold, as Philip Larkin recounted ...

Why Hip-Hop Has Everything To Do With Poetry

The Poetry Foundation | Nate Marshall | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

I was born in 1989 at the end of hip-hop’s infancy. By the time I dropped into being, hip-hop had a Grammy and platinum records. Reagan had alre...

Awaking In New York

The Poetry Foundation | Posted 04.13.2015 | Books

Curtains forcing their will against the wind, children sleep, exchanging dreams with seraphim. The city drags itself awake on subwa...