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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! Sign up for B-School. Registration closes tomorrow. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see my partner bonus offers. Sign up for B-School now! 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 […]

The Business of Writing, part four of five.

Be one of my Satellites! Sign up for B-School. Scroll to the bottom of the page to see my partner bonus offers. 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 […]

The Business of Writing, part three of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Sign up for B-School! Scroll to the bottom of the page to read about the special bonuses I’m offering! 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 […]

The Business of Writing, part two of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Sign up for B-School! Scroll to the bottom of the page to read about the special bonuses I’m offering! 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 […]

The Business of Writing, part one of five.

Be one of my Satellites. Sign up for B-School! Scroll to the bottom of the page to read about the special bonuses I’m offering! This winter, my lovely sister-in-law Kate sent me a brand new copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own. I re-read the book over the holiday, and was struck again […]

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