Monthly Archives: October 2016

Character: 4 Rules for Writing and Revising

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by Jesikah Sundin This above all: to thine own self be true, And it must follow, as the night the day, Thou canst not then be false to any man. Farewell, my blessing season this in thee! Polonius, in Hamlet In the Elizabethan era, the audience understood Polonius’ message to mean that a well-to-do person […]

Forward with Strength: Launching your Book into the World

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by Susan Sloan In July I wrote about taking a crash course in marketing my new book and a piece about why it was important to document Fred Fragner’s story. Today, I’m writing about why book launches and writer’s events in general are essential to celebrating community. The book launch of Yishar Koach: Forward With […]

For the Love of a Good Sentence

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By Rae Ellen Lee While on a hiatus from writing, I have been reading and listening to books. But after setting aside many of them, I now realize this has to do with the quality of the sentences. If a book’s sentences lack strong verbs, specific nouns, smooth connection to the sentence before or after, […]

Cultural Appropriation: Rights and Wrongs

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by Frances Howard-Snyder Is it wrong for a white woman to write a novel that includes black characters? I keep hearing people – locally and internationally – saying yes. Lionel Shriver recently said no. Her speech at the Brisbane Writers’ Conference stirred up a hornet’s nest of criticism and counter-criticism. Both sides erected ugly straw […]