Dearest Non-writers, I am writing this letter on behalf of all writers everywhere. We are diverse, we are unique, and yet we get the same general assumptions about who we are and what we do. If you noticed that you’ve done anything on this list, knock it off. While I appreciate the ‘help’, I don’tContinue reading “A Letter to Non-Writers”
Should you join a writing group? Absolutely. Writing groups are (or at least should be) safe spaces where writers in search of support, encouragement and constructive criticism share their work with other writers. Writing is a solitary activity, and groups provide us with an opportunity to get out of our heads and interact with fellowContinue reading “Don’t Go It Alone”
How we read can improve how we write. The version of me who first visited Myrtle Beach in the summer of 1987 bears little resemblance to the person writing these words. That summer I had just completed a Master’s in Computer Science at the University at Albany and a new job, Assistant Professor at aContinue reading “How We Read/How We Write”
Hi everyone, good having you visit our site again this week. My blog revolves around Thia, the main character in my novel, Red Facade – Secrets Within, and her struggles to accept the expatriate lifestyle. In a previous blog, Thia’s arrived in Shanghai and is fast discovering what she has been told about life inContinue reading “Chaos, Culture, Acceptance”
Lucy Stone was a gifted nineteenth century orator, a pioneering advocate for the rights of women, and a strong voice in the abolitionist movement. Although not as well-known as other women, her life is a series of firsts. Like other women being honored during this Women’s History month, she refused to be silenced. Born onContinue reading “Lucy Stone–Her Story– She Refused to be Silent”
The Many Lives to Liveby Deirdre Garr Johns I. The endlessness of time is welcoming.The nearly inexhaustible amount of time takes me back to summers of childhood. I am a little girl waking up to fresh-cut grass. I ask my mom, “What are we going to do today?”We hang clothes on the washline.Continue reading “Isolation Winning Stories”
Our short story contest has been a success. We received a diverse group of submissions. They came from several states and a foreign country. Each story was an adventure. Judging the entries was daunting as so many were well written and portrayed our theme of Isolation well. First, Second, and Third place stories will beContinue reading “We Have Winners!”
Many of you have probably never heard of Harriet Wilson; to be honest, I hadn’t either until I started writing this blog. By sheer coincidence, I ended up with the final Words Matter Blog of Black History Month 2021 and at first, I was just going to discuss some of my favorite lines in blackContinue reading “A Little Black Literary Fact”
Since I received my MFA from Vermont College in 1990, I have taught numerous classes in the short story in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and South Carolina. Every scene in a short story moves the story forward. This blog will list the most common errors that stop that momentum from occurring. Formatting This is the mostContinue reading “The Short Story: The Common Errors”
When I first started writing, I thought I knew how to write but I soon found out that it wasn’t as simple I thought. There are many pitfalls that await the unwary writer and I fell into a few. Here are some common mistakes and a bit of advice. Grammar.Grammar should be simple and straightforwardContinue reading “Writing pitfalls and mistakes”
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