Interviews

Susan Shankin: Crafting the Nonfiction Book Cover

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   What is your story about? In The Memoir Project, that’s the first question Marion Roach Smith asks beginning memoir writers. She often gets an answer that goes like this: “I grew up in the 1950s, a time of…” And she interrupts, because, “What they are telling me […]

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Women’s Fiction—A Publishing Perspective

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Each May, my home town welcomes visiting Australian and international authors to the Sydney Writers’ Festival (SWF). It’s held Walsh Bay precinct, my favorite part of the city, where old maritime wharves have been converted into theaters, restaurants and waterside apartments. It’s also, blissfully, only a 10-minute drive from my home (at least on a […]

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Cynthia Morris: Why Books Can Take So Long

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.   Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail inspired Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 last year. But Cheryl took her famous hike in 1995. Wild was a bestseller fifteen years in the making. David Guterson wrote Snow Falling on Cedars over […]

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There Are Two Kinds of People…

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Susan Bearman. There are two kinds of people in the world, and I have been all of them. Infantile and wise. Majestic and wretched. Crestfallen and elated. Gracious and a horse’s ass. I have been these people and many, many more. As a writer, this duplicity or plurality of being […]

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Interview with Medieval Noir Author Jeri Westerson

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Debra Eve.  All writers lead double lives. They create worlds and cook dinner, slay monsters and do washloads, invent starships and stand in traffic, work their dreams, work a day job, and raise a family. Bram Stoker, PD James, and David Seidler all wrote on the side until they could […]

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Writing Residency Programs: Is this what your writing needs now?

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Today’s post is written by regular contributor Susan Bearman. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to write all day—no job, care-taking, or menial tasks to get in the way? For most of us, writing is something we are driven to do, but we usually have to do everything else (often first) to support our writing. […]

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