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Review: Margaret Atwood’s Master Class

When Masterclass.com offered me an all-access pass, I was thrilled! I'd had my eye on the Margaret Atwood Teaches Creative Writing course for a while and was so excited to take it! Atwood is a legend, and especially as a woman novelist, a role model. I was not disappointeded-- her Master

Writing Complex Children: We Need Better Arcs!

There's something we might be overlooking in our character development as writers. We all know about character arcs. Characters need to change over the course of a story. When I received my developmental edit letter for Rock of Ages, my editor conveyed that even the jerk boyfriend in my story needed to

Interview with Craig DiLouie, Author of Southern Gothic Novel, One of Us

Today we speak to Craig DiLouie, whose book One of Us debuted on July 17th and has been described by Peter Clines as "disturbing, beautiful." Craig shares insight about his writing process and publishing, and his advice for new authors. Can you tell us a little about One of Us? What inspired it? What

Motivation, Accountability, and Bribery: How I Get My Writing Done

I've always been a responsible person. I was a conscientious student from preschool, completing extra worksheets at home with my mom just because I wanted to. This personality train persists today, and is essential for my success as a writer. After all, no one is telling me I have to

Parents Who Make Writing Work: Brittney Trescott Cassity

We have another West Virginia parent to feature today! Brittney Trescott Cassity, who writes under the name Josie Dorans shares her insight on writing when her kids were younger. Becca: What was your writing routine before having kids? Brittney: I married young and had my boys young. I was only 19 when

Parents Who Make Writing Work: Brandy Renee McCann

Today's Parent-Writer is extra special because she's a fellow West Virginian! Meet Brandy Renee McCann, author of short story "Of a Certain Age." Becca: What was your writing routine before having kids? Brandy: Before having kids I had a tenure track position and wrote first thing in the morning at home and

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