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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…

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#WhyWritersMatter

  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…

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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…

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  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…

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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…

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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…

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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…