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Writing Retreat at The Lemon Tree House

  I am going to be the Writer In Residence at The Lemon Tree House next April! I’m beyond excited. This is such a special writing retreat, unlike anything I’ve seen before. Please come meet me there. We will stay in a castle in Tuscany. You’ll take classes with me every morning after breakfast, and […]

Surprise birthday sale!

It’s my birthday! I turn 40 years old today. This is a big one. I’m grateful for so much: I’m strong, healthy, and engaged with my writing. I share a writing studio with beautiful people who inspire me to get dressed up every morning. I work with Ashley, the star who runs this website (she […]

Chirrup Chirrup!

The Little Bird Contest is officially open! You can send your submissions to Rebecca Lee as of today, and the contest will be open until the end of May. Remember not to put your name on any of your story pages — that would disqualify you. Your name will go on the submission form, and […]

Be your own patron of the arts.

  “The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living.” – Ann Patchett If you’re a fiction writer and you’re reading this, you probably have a day job. Maybe you have another skill that makes you […]

Your laptop in the shade: summer reading + browsing.

I sincerely hope you’re having a gorgeous summer. This month, my “one short story for breakfast” ritual has turned into a two- or three-hour timeout – I’m reading for pure pleasure, escapism and inspiration. What I’ve loved so far: Bobcat by Rebecca Lee. Full disclosure: so at the time of writing this, I’ve only read […]

Margaret Atwood in my living room.

Remember my trip to San Miguel de Allende last year? Well, something else happened that week that I couldn’t tell you until now, because I couldn’t believe it was really happening and, well, I didn’t want to jinx it. Last year, Margaret Atwood and I started to collaborate on something for Story Is a State […]

Dispatch from Portland, Oregon.

I’m writing this from the summer height of the west coast, listening to ravens crank out gravelly calls over the trees and inhaling the candy scent of sun-roasted pine needles. I came to Portland, Oregon to meet Hannah at the World Domination Summit. If you haven’t heard about it already, WDS is like a small […]

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