Non-Fiction

5 Reasons to Attend a Writers’ Conference

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Kat Gonso, our fiction director at Compose | A Journal of Simply Good Writing, recently wrote an article called Why You Should Go to a Writers’ Conference … Now. This is a topic I know you’ll appreciate, so here’s a little clip: For years, I talked myself out of attending a writers’ conference. I’m not good enough. What if […]

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Literary Journal Seeks “Features Editor” & “Fiction Director”

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UPDATE: Please note that both of these positions have now been filled.  Many of you know I’m the managing editor of an online literary magazine that has taken off quite nicely over the past couple of years. Well, our team at Compose Journal has a couple of exciting opportunities available at the moment: we’re looking for a features […]

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Your Free Trial of The Author Accelerator Book-Coaching Program

I’m so excited today to be able to share with you this 30-minute video session with book coach Jennie Nash, and to be part of a special offer she’s extending to readers of Write It Sideways: a free week’s trial of her new book-coaching program, Author Accelerator. Jennie and I first connected years ago when […]

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I Got Published in “The Writer” Magazine

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I’m happy to share some exciting news with you today: an essay of mine was purchased by The Writer a few months ago, and it appears in the November issue. The piece is called “Stand out”; the cover line is “Make your mark in literary journals.” Although “Stand out” is not available online, the November issue is on […]

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Telling the Truth in Memoir: More Than Just Facts

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Today’s article is written by regular contributor Christi Craig. “Memoir is not an act of history but an act of memory, which is innately corrupt.” ~ Mary Karr, author of The Liars’ Club I don’t plan on writing a memoir. My life may be busy and fulfilling, chaotic and frustrating at times, but I doubt I could […]

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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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