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Guess What? This Ain't the Holiday Inn: A Memoir on Adolescent Mental Health

Melanie Bishop | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

I consider teaching to be a privilege, and consider myself lucky to have loved my job. Shepherding talents like DeLeo's, witnessing her insight, hard work, growth and self-rescue, there is no greater satisfaction for a teacher than this.

How To Think Like A Writer

Lauren Salkin | Posted 11.24.2014 | Fifty
Lauren Salkin

Turn off the practical humdrum switch in your brain, comforted by numbers and lists and repetitive functions that can cause carpal tunnel brain syndrome. And let your thoughts stretch your imagination.

How a Novel Ends

Warren Adler | Posted 11.24.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

What constitutes the end of a story, and how is it achieved?

Part and Parcel: Susan Rich

Hannah Stephenson | Posted 11.21.2014 | Arts
Hannah Stephenson

Wistful, vulnerable, and unapologetic, Cloud Pharmacy's poems prescribe mirrors, light, lust, love. Rich offers back to us "our art/ imperfect and striving."

How Poetry Gave Me A Voice

Amanda Gorman | Posted 11.21.2014 | Teen
Amanda Gorman

As I stepped up to that mic and dared to read my writing at the workshop, I learned that poetry is voice, and the courage to use it. With this courage, we free ourselves and become capable of influencing others.

Write Your Way to Success

Stacia Pierce | Posted 11.13.2014 | Business
Stacia Pierce

Writing is a secret success weapon that's often overlooked. Becoming a consistent writer, recording your thoughts in a journal, can bring many benefits.

Journey Toward Writing Fulfillment

S. L. Young | Posted 11.13.2014 | Education
S. L. Young

If a writer writes for themselves and to also convey a viewpoint -- even if others don't agree with it -- then an article has a better opportunity to connect with readers and have greater chances to deliver powerful, purposeful or progressive pieces.

How Do You Approach Sex in Fiction?

Warren Adler | Posted 11.11.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

I am well aware that any depiction of human relationships in a novel cannot ignore the fact that sex, however described or disguised, is a primal motivating condition of our existence. Indeed, even if the act itself is not referred to in action or description, it is always there, however coded, and can't be ignored by reader or writer.

5 Tips for Curing Writer's Block

Abby Draper | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Abby Draper

Writing is a thoughtful process that takes a lot of time and energy. It won't always be fun or perfect, but having a story to tell is a powerful thing. Don't let it go to waste.

Write a Novel in Four Weeks? How About Four Years?

Claudia Ricci | Posted 11.06.2014 | Books
Claudia Ricci

Writing a book is a little like getting married: you are through-the-roof ecstatic when you first jump in, but you may very well lose your enthusiasm after a couple (or more) years.

Writer's Notebook: The Waiting Game

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

I started pub­lish­ing way before email and the Inter­net, and the thing I hated most was wait­ing. Like wait­ing to hear about a story or man­u­script I'd sub­mit­ted. I'd obses­sively check my cal­en­dar and count days, weeks, months.

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 11.23.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.19.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.03.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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.