When and How to Go Graphic

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Comics and graphic novels are more popular than ever. At every comic convention that I exhibit Flutter, my graphic series, I meet more and more people who are exploring the world of comics for the first time. At those conventions the response to Flutter has been wonderful by comic fans new and old. Currently, I’m doing a Kickstarter for the upcoming release of Flutter Volume. 2, and the response to that has also been amazing.

May 8, 2015 | Info

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You’re Oh So Shy, But You Can Learn How to Schmooze at Writing Conferences

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People peg me as outgoing, but the truth is, like many journalists and writers, I’m more of an introvert than an extrovert. I admit to a little stage fright before I give a talk or before I even take a seat in a large workshop at a writer’s conference.

But no matter how shy any of us are, we can learn to embrace the jitters and make them work for us. I sat in a GrubStreet workshop about four years ago and was surprised to hear how many participants were wavering about whether to even attend the Muse & the ...

April 14, 2015 | Linda Wertheimer

All The Muse That's Fit to Print Events Guest Post The Writing Life

From the Desk of Jenna Blum

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Dear Friends of literature,
I’m writing about GrubStreet, the writing community that changed my life. When I first came to Grub, it consisted of a handful of hopeful people. Grub’s founder, Eve Bridburg, had graduated from Boston University’s Creative Writing M.A. program a few years before I did, and in 1998, I asked Eve for a job. Few people would employ a writer whose career experience consisted of a few published short stories and a decade’s worth of food service, but Eve hired me. That’s the generous belief Grub was founded on: encouraging people who are passionate ...

January 13, 2015 | Jenna Blum

Grub News Guest Post

American Dialects Stew

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Writers know how a character speaks lays open her educational and socioeconomic level, region or country of origin, ethnic identity, attitude, status and roots. Much of that information is revealed when the character speaks a dialect that deviates from common vocabulary and grammar. It’s a challenge for the writer to add this dimension to dialogue, so let’s look at how Americans speak and write in dialects.

March 24, 2014 | Dolores Johnson

Guest Post

Do Authors Really Need Facebook?

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By Anne Hill. Originally posted on Creative Content Coaching.

Of all the social media platforms, Facebook seems to cause authors the most consternation. The generally accepted wisdom is that every author (some say every book title) needs her own Facebook page—a business page, not simply a personal profile. Meanwhile, most authors I speak to simply dread the idea, and are looking for a clear explanation.

March 5, 2014 | Anne Hill

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