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Sound Skeins: The Kindness Connection at Writing Conferences

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Going to a writing conference is a great way to understand and learn more about the craft. But it can also be intimidating to step into a ballroom filled with strangers. Eson Kim shares practical tips on making writing buddies in a very short time, sometimes by accident.

March 13, 2015 | Eson Kim

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Love and Poetry

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Whenever I’d ask my grandmother how she made one of her famous dishes, she’d look at me and say: the only ingredient you need is love.

 

This always drove me crazy, partly because I still believed back then that cooking was a matter of mixing the right ingredients together, and partly because I’d watched her spend full mornings mixing and rolling and pinching and folding and knew that her delicately layered strudel required a lot more than a little love.

March 12, 2015 | Ben Berman

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Summer Teen Fellowship 2015: Have You Applied Yet?

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GrubStreet's Summer Teen Fellowship immerses high school students in the writers' life of creative craft and publishing. During three weeks at GrubStreet, teens work with published authors on original prose and poetry, meet with literary agents and editors, take field trips to inspirational locales like the ICA, and more. In the spirit of writers' residencies for adults, all teens will receive a stipend for their commitment to the program and their time spent as working writers.

March 9, 2015 | Info

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Slaying Genre: Reading Romance Aloud

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I'm the first the admit that my family isn't normal. Of course, we aren't normal in our own special way (as most families are, though I do tend to think that mine tips the crazy scale more than a bit). Let me give you an example. One of our favorite activities is reading aloud the worst romance novels that we can find. Cheesy, melodramatic, adverb-laded, implausibly plotted tales. (When I say "worst" I actually mean "best ever" as in most entertaining.)

January 15, 2015 | KL Pereira

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Slaying Genre: Let Old Tales Inspire New

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One of the things I love about Neil Gaiman's writing is the way in which he can take an old tale, an archetype, a known setting, and spin it into something new and beautiful and relevant.

His newest storybook, Hansel and Gretel is a wonderful example. When I received this in the mail from my favorite online indie bookseller, I could hardly wait to bust open the packaging and see how Gaiman would alter the familiar tale

December 31, 2014 | KL Pereira

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