JUN
13

Writing Out: Why, Where, How

Writing Out: Why, Where, How
You have stories to tell and points to make, but all that genius inside you needs to move out into the world. Show your writing how to do that by literally taking your writer self out into the world. If you’ve never attended a Shut Up and Write Meetup, give it a try. These quiet-writing events in cafes and libraries are an international phenomenon and worth every minute you spend trying to find your meetup spot. I’m a fan of my local in San Francisco’s Mission, but I loved making new friend......
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APR
15

Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts

Feedback Giving Dilemmas: Solutions, Structures, and Scripts
A writer in your life has asked for feedback on their work. Don’t panic! You may feel nervous about not having anything to say. You may think the writer knows more than you do about writing. You may be worried about hurting sensitive writer feelings. First, take the compliment. If a writer has asked for your feedback, they respect you and value your opinion. Even if you don’t love what they’ve written, even if you don’t understand it, or can’t get through it, what you have to say is gold. You'll......
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APR
09

The Felonious PhD: Interview with Cassandra D. Little

The Felonious PhD: Interview with Cassandra D. Little
“Even with all of the talk about mass incarceration right now, some experiences are missing,” says Cassandra Little. “Stories about women, queer women, and mothers are minimal.” Cassandra D. Little, Ph.D, blogged as The Felonious PhD throughout her own experience in the system and now plans to turn her story into a book. In this interview, we discussed pen-and-paper writing, drinking wine while writing, and how writing saved her life. Kristy Lin Billuni: Besides the forthcoming book, you ha......
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MAR
13

Daring To Write: Interview with Erika Martínez

Daring To Write: Interview with Erika Martínez
Women of Dominican descent living in the United States and women living in the Dominican Republic wrote the 25 pieces exploring power, migration, economic opportunity, social mobility, and education in Daring to Write: Contemporary Narratives by Dominican Women, edited by Erika M. Martínez and opening with a foreword by Julia Alvarez. Martínez writes creative nonfiction and poetry and edited the anthology, which took 8 years for her to complete. “Even thou......
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MAR
03

Feeling Stuck? Slow Down

Feeling Stuck? Slow Down
A lot of writers I meet try to edit while they write. Or they try to revise while they’re getting feedback. I’ve even seen a writer include an interview question in a query letter, thereby trying to do research while submitting. Not all writers use the exact same steps to get their writing done, but we do all have steps. If you don’t have steps, you may be taking several steps at the same time and living a certain kind of writer hell. My steps are: Research & Brainstorm Composing Transcribi......
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