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Things I’m Tired of Seeing from Members of the Literary Community

I’ll admit it: I was once the girl who had been told by disgruntled English teachers that she couldn’t write creatively. Heck, sometimes I still am the girl (maybe woman) who’s told she can’t write creatively. I read stories and poems I’ve written in the past and think, “Oh, hell no.” And sometimes other people…
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April 15, 2015 8

Tupelo Press 30/30 Project April 2015

In his essay “Glutton for Punishment,” Benjamin Percy writes, “I feel most vitally alive when I bleed, shake off a punch, walk away from a car accident, stand perilously close to the edge of a chasm.” Agreeing to spend April writing 30 poems, which will be published for the world to see, is kind of like…
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March 21, 2015 0

5 Tips for Editing When You Can’t Afford an Editor

Many publishing professionals will tell a self-publishing author that, despite the high cost of hiring a professional freelance editor ($50/hour and up), he or she can’t NOT afford an editor. A poorly edited book will look unprofessional and amateurish.


June 26, 2012 0

3 Ways Creative Writing Can Improve Reading Skills

Many of us take for granted the fact that we can read and understand a newspaper article. Did you know that, according to a 2011 study conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics, 29% of adults in the United States don’t read well enough to understand a newspaper story written at an eighth grade level?


June 18, 2012 0

The Challenge of Collaborative Storytelling

In my creative writing course, I try to incorporate as many group writing exercises as possible. You may be thinking, “But isn’t writing a solitary act?” Writing can be both an individual and community effort. Two projects that my students particularly enjoy are the group novel and the class short story.


June 11, 2012 0

5 Lessons Writers Can Learn from Kickstarter

In the process of preparing and launching my campaign and also by backing other projects (mostly writers), I learned that Kickstarter can benefit writers in more than just the most obvious way, which is to help them raise money for their creative projects.


June 4, 2012 0

Why I’ve Decided to Self Publish My Writing

I can’t wait to send my short stories out into the world because I’ve poured my heart and soul into them. So what’s a young woman to do now that she’s ready to share her project with the world? A young woman cannot make demands on the world nor can she expect the world to be ready when she is.


May 22, 2012 0

But My Hand Is Starting to Hurt

When was the last time you hand-wrote an important document? Could you imagine hand-writing e-mails before typing and sending them? Would you consider hand-writing a term paper before formatting it according to your instructor’s specifications?


May 14, 2012 0

5 Ways to Make Your Writing More Specific

The comment I make most often to my writing students has nothing to do with grammar or punctuation. It has nothing to do with sentence structure or the number of sentences in a paragraph. I’ll usually write these two words on the board at the beginning of class to serve as a reminder. Can you guess them?


May 7, 2012 0

10 Lies about Writing You’ve Told Yourself

Working one-on-one with writing students, I’ve been shocked by the misconceptions they reveal. Some of these misconceptions were passed on by teachers who either don’t appreciate the craft of writing or don’t have the patience to work with students who require extra help.


April 30, 2012 0