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This Is What You Should Be Feeding Your Child

Jon Vaughn | Posted 10.16.2014 | Parents
Jon Vaughn

Whether you're a Lunchable type of parent, or you're sending them with five course meals, I hope you're packing a little extra. This is the real stuff that satisfies hunger.

Blogging In An Evening Gown

Lauren Salkin | Posted 10.10.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Blogging on a WordPress site feels so formal. I have to put on a fancy dress to write, while on a Blogger blog, I just throw on a pair of jeans. Excu...

Good Writing Matters: A Conversation With Tree Swenson, the Director of Seattle's Hugo House

Russell C. Smith | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
Russell C. Smith

"Hugo House is such an important community resource, and it's fittingly named in honor of Richard Hugo, a Seattle writer who had a national impact. He's the perfect namesake for a writers' center."

Supporting Youth in the Arts

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
Ola Ojewumi

This proves that society should not continue to trivialize this field of study. Nonetheless, young artists aren't waiting for their parents or communities to back their endeavors.

Is My Vagina the Most Important Thing About My Writing?

Carrie La Seur | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Carrie La Seur

Recently a literary festival asked me to appear on a panel of regional 'Women Writers.' I'm early enough in my career as a novelist that I'm damned grateful to be invited anywhere, but the panel title gave me pause.

What Is Original Sin?

Sarah Key | Posted 10.03.2014 | Women
Sarah Key

The original sin is not knowledge, it is rape. When men, women, and children are rendered powerless in the face of violence, there should be no tolerance for that.

Want to Be a Children's Author? Here Are Some Tips

Melissa Carter | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
Melissa Carter

As a gay mother I've had to be discerning because many children's books include a mother and father, and have often thought about writing some of my own to reflect his upbringing.

A Writers Guide to Being a Writer Part 2: Networking - The Quiet Art of Making Yourself Sound Awesome Whilst Pretending to Listen to Someone Else

Dan Miles | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Dan Miles

It's not that I don't like talking to people; I was once a stand up comic, so I'm not exactly shy and retiring. It's just that it's so bloody soulless. Frankly I would rather gargle leftover lipo fat than network.

How Oprah Crystallized My Calling Without Even Knowing It

Erica Ford | Posted 09.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Erica Ford

The bottom line is that, for whatever reason, Oprah Winfrey asked me to read my writing on her stage. At a conference where her goal was to help us find our callings. Oprah did that for me. And she didn't even know she was doing it. She really is just that magical.

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

I felt intensely grateful that I'd had a writing mentor in college who had modeled dedicated, patient, relaxed, non-bullying work with students. Not changing what your students write but doing your best to bring it into fuller bloom. That's not easy.

An Epic Road Trip, a Book 15 Years in the Making, and a Letter from the President

Nathan Gauer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Nathan Gauer

All the stories of road trips I've come to love and admire over the years seem to depict young people who leave home hoping to loosen the collar of institutional confines; driving away from the path through life expected of them by loved ones.

8 Steps to Kill Writer's Block and Dance With the Muse

Leah Lamb | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Leah Lamb

If you are living in the illusion that you are creating all on your own and are feeling disconnected from the genius... I hope these tips help you break on through to the other side.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

Island Fever

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Tiffany Beveridge

Something interesting happened the other night. I was sitting in bed reading. My husband was out picking up the kids, who'd gone mini golfing. Eventually, I heard them walk through the door, laughing and talking.

The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

Warren Adler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Over the past 15 years as an independent author, I have learned a few things. Some might disagree with my conclusions, but not to worry. I am used to being pummeled, rejected and contradicted. I have been around a long time, and I am still standing.

Smashing Through the Writer's Block

Laura M. Artis | Posted 10.14.2014 | Books
Laura M. Artis

Just as you start getting into the swing of things, daydream of marrying words into paper forever at your leisure -somewhere on a remote beach -- suddenly, you run into the Armageddon of all problems -- writer's block.

The Writing Practice: Rituals, the Muse and Luck

Melanie Bishop | Posted 10.11.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The importance of these rituals, and observances of objects as lucky, as somehow pleasing to the muse, is that they give us something concrete on which to focus.

Five Brilliant Actors Who Are Also Brilliant Writers

Meira Bienstock | Posted 10.07.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

As actors use their imagination to create a fictional life the audience will believe, it is not surprising that many actors branch out into the field of writing. As actors know, writing is a craft just like acting, and therefore must be honed on a daily basis.

Top 20 Colleges for Aspiring Writers

College Magazine | Posted 10.05.2014 | College
College Magazine

Prepare for the skeptics -- a creative writing major is not for the faint of heart. If you're serious about your craft, you'll need a creative writing program that will whip your writing into shape. No school can guarantee you'll be the next great American author, but these 10 will get you pretty damn close.

33 Things I've Learned About Writing at 33

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.22.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 09.21.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

Why Cancer Can Actually Be Empowering

Diana M. Raab | Posted 09.17.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

It has been said that once you had a cancer diagnosis you can become cancer-free but never free from cancer because the experience forever changes your perspective. Having a history of cancer will always be a part of who I am, even if I don't talk about it or overtly connect with my disease.

The Book About Nothing Is the Perfect Book: Virginia Woolf Writes of Utopia (or the No Place)

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

When I think of Virginia Woolf, I think of her commitment to such a process: the duality of the possible and impossible, working to locate patterns of consciousness rather than sequences of events in the external world.

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.