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2016 AWP Round-Up

In past years, I found the Association of Writing Programs conference overwhelming — the massive AWP conference hosts over 11,000 writers, all under one roof — but this year was different for me, for a few reasons: I went with Christina Cha and Tara Bragg, two of our Story Intensive TAs, and it was absolutely […]

Why You Should Keep Your Writing Secret

I’ve been working on my novel-in-progress (title: still a secret) since 2010. I’ve been actively writing it since January 2014. In all of those years, I’ve kept the details about it to myself. It’s still a mystery to most people. My husband, Ryan, hasn’t read any of it yet. He can see my Post-it notes […]

I Wish Someone Told Me This When I Was Young

Last week I had the magical, glitter-and-petals-floating-in-the-air experience of having Francesca Lia Block give a Master Class to The Story Intensive students. I read her first book, Weetzie Bat, when I was in high school. I knew I wanted to be a writer even then, but I had no one to talk to about it. […]

The Vulnerability of Submission

As I write this, it is the last day of my writing retreat here in the south of Spain. It’s almost time for me to put my novel away for a few weeks. Ryan arrived from Toronto last night, and while he slept off his jet lag today, I spent time under the big olive […]

Author Spotlight: Frances Phillips

I have been in the south of Spain this month, with three other writers, on a self-directed writing retreat. We are all working in different genres – poetry, essays, a memoir, and a novel (I’m the novel). While packing for the trip, I listened to a Radiolab episode about wrestling and Don Quixote. A scholar […]

Meet the Little Bird 2015 Judge!

Introducing the Little Bird Contest judge: Neil Smith! Have you read his work before? If not, go read Bang, Crunch right now. It’s an incredible collection. (U.S. readers go here). His new book, Boo, comes out this May! Story Is a State of Minders, you know a little of Neil’s work – he wrote Isolettes, […]

The Business of Writing, part five of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Find out more about B-School and the special bonuses I offer! Tell me more about B-School If you’re thinking about starting a business of your own — whether it’s writing-related or not — I hope this series has been useful. I wanted you to hear what it’s really like, from […]

The Business of Writing, part four of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Find out more about B-School and the special bonuses I offer! Tell me more about B-School Today, meet Monna McDiarmid: novelist, international school counselor, photographer, poet, and entrepreneur. I’m excited for you to see the beautiful course that Monna designed after graduating from B-School — it’s a writing and photography […]

The Business of Writing, part three of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Find out more about B-School and the special bonuses I offer! Tell me more about B-School Today, meet Abby Kerr: short fiction writer, business owner, and master of listening to one’s own integrity. I’m so excited to share with you Abby’s philosophy, talent, and aesthetic (you need to see her […]

The Business of Writing, part two of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Find out more about B-School and the special bonuses I offer! Tell me more about B-School Today, meet Nicole Baute: writer, editor, journalist. I met Nicole a few years ago, when I contributed a story to a women’s writing anthology she co-created, called EAT IT. (It was about feminism, sex […]

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