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Friday 5-O: Looking For Love in Poetry Class

Dear Friday 5-0

I signed up for poetry workshops to meet romantic men, but I’m finding that my classes are full of all these angry chicks.  What’s the deal?

--Out of Options

Dear OoO –

You signed up for poetry workshops to meet romantic men? What were you thinking? Fiction workshops are the place to find the man of your dreams. As for the angry chicks -- they're probably angry because they were hoping for the same thing you were.

January 27, 2012 | Jane Roper

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Friday Five-0: How much research is enough?

Dear Friday 5-0,

I’m writing a novel that takes place in Mongolia in 1852.  Of course, I wasn’t alive in 1852 and I’ve never been to Mongolia.  Every time I sit down to write, I imagine a sea of Mongolian scholars who might one day pick apart every historical inaccuracy I am inevitably committing to the page.  I’ve studied the period and place, but I feel that I need to become a true Mongolia scholar in order to write this novel with any authority.  Is that true?

Anita

No. It’s not true that you ...

December 16, 2011 | Jane Roper

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Friday Five-0: Wait...Do I Write Women's Fiction?

Who's afraid of women's fiction?

Dear Friday Five-0,

October 14, 2011 | Jane Roper

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Friday Five-O: Bread Loaf? Yaddo? Huh?

Dear Friday 5-O,

In 2012 I’ve decided to take 2 weeks off from work and devote 100% of that time to my writing. What should I do? I’m not a newbie, but I’m not far enough along to go to fancy places like MacDowell or Yaddo, and I’m not even sure what Bread Loaf  and Sewanee and such are all about.

Sincerely,

Name Withheld

September 9, 2011 | Jane Roper

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Friday Five-0: Why so many women in writing classes?

Dear Friday Five-O

When I look at published writing, there is probably a roughly equal number of men and women being published, yet whenever I take a class in Grub, the class makeup is often 90% female to 10% male, and sometimes 100%  female.  Is there a reason why more women than men enroll in Grub writing classes?

 Mary Mullowny

August 5, 2011 | Jane Roper

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