10 Writing Tips from the Masters for Memorial Day

10 Writing Tips from the Masters for Memorial Day

10 Writing Tips from the Writing Masters for Writing this Memorial Day Weekend

19 Twitter Tips for Authors + Others


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From Academic to Technical Writer to Debut Novel


Amy Reichert‘s debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake, was released yesterday. It has a scrumptious cover, and some scrumptious reviews to go with it. Bookreporter calls it “a delectable novel,” and Booklist says, “well-developed secondary characters and detailed descriptions of the Milwaukee food scene will leave readers hungry for more.” A wife, mom, amateur […]

Ain’t Nothing Like Him Nowhere

My guy!

Writer Wins Love Lottery Because this is a writing blog, there is a writing angle here—perhaps the most important writing advice I can give anyone—but it’s going to be mostly about the smartest decision I ever made, which was to say “I do” 27 years ago today. I didn’t fall in love with Mac because […]

Wishful Thinking: Memoir vs. Fiction

Wishful Thinking Cover - fiction

This is how a literary friendship begins: on a train going in the wrong direction. My friend Kamy Wicoff and I first met at a lovely literary salon our mutual friend Marilyn Yalom hosts, but Kamy lives in New York and I’m in California. We reconnected again, though, when we were both speaking at an […]

Booker Prize Finalist and PEN/Faulkner winner Karen Joy F...

Booker Prize Finalist and PEN/Faulkner winner Karen Joy Fowler on Beginning to Write

Lucky all of us who love great fiction: a new edition of Karen Joy Fowler’s Black Glass was released yesterday! This terrific short story collection won the World Fantasy Award. Karen shared a bit about how she started writing here when her last novel, We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, first released. That book went on […]

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New York Times-bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Race for Paris (August 11) and The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel). Essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.

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