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Learn to Write Flash Fiction

  The novelist and short story writer, Jayne Anne Phillips, stated that flash fiction taught her how to write.   Phillips began as a poet but discovered through flash fiction what…



  In my house, next to the kitchen phone, among the important items we don’t want to lose—keys, phones, ID cards—is a photograph of a handsome young man wearing a…


The New Yorker & Me

  The New Yorker has always worried me. When I was younger and only aspired to be a fiction writer the New Yorker was perhaps too far a reach for…


  Nothing makes an author feel better than getting good, early reviews of her book. While we cannot know how many readers will be won by such reviews, I am delighted…

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How I Deal With Bad Reviews

      If you are a working writer, you are going to have to deal with bad reviews. Luckily, the best reviewers don’t write 100% hateful reviews of books so…

Writing Advice

To Plot Or Not

  I am often asked if when beginning a novel it is best to work with an outline. It sounds so logical to say that, yes, of course it is…


On The Pleasure of (Not) Writing

I know writers aren’t supposed to admit this, but sometimes I don’t want to write too much. It’s good to have some silence, maybe let someone else do the writing for…

Writing Advice

The Writing Must Astonish

    Last night the poet, Hilda Sheehan, presented Kenneth Koch’s advice in The Art of Poetry to a group of writers wishing to “release” a poem to the public. A…

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Do you ever wonder if established writers, even those teaching at universities, go to writing workshops themselves? The answer: whenever we get the chance! I am delighted to be taking…