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Ever since I found out I was pregnant, I've been keeping a journal to my son, Geo. I started it as a way to feel connected to this tiny being I could not yet feel inside of me, and now I write to express the excitement and anxieties I have over his birth, just a month away. I write to him the way I plan to respond to his questions when he is a toddler--in an honest yet P.G. manner. I sign every page with "Love, Your Mama." I detail his ultrasound measurements, the joy that the blooming ...

April 17, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone


Go Ahead and Submit, But Try Not to Care

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[Another entry in the ongoing blog "Would We Lie To You?: News from the Non-Fiction Career Lab"]

by Molly Howes

I can’t take exception to Michelle Seaton’s recent encouragement in the Grub Street blog to submit and submit again. [See here and here.]

April 16, 2013 | The Non-Fiction Career Lab

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When a Stiletto Isn't Just a Stiletto (Or What Our Characters Carry)

Tjukurla_Art_StilettoIn a recent Confidence Coaching session, a Grub writer was showing me a story about two homesick characters.  One of them—a boy—had several personal possessions that he carried on his journey, while the girl had brought little with her.  She was traveling light.  The writer knew that the character who’d left her possessions behind was on an emotional journey to try and detach from home.  She wanted to abandon so much, but of course, when there is love, no matter how complex or broken, letting go isn’t usually so easy.

The discussion of our possessions and ...

April 12, 2013 | Info

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Slaying Genre: Cut to the Bone

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There is no other way to say this: writing emotionally devastating scenes is freaking hard. Especially when you’re dealing with the horror of post-apocalyptic worlds, the havoc wreaked by monsters, or even the evil-doing of the amoral but very human antagonist. You’ve got to be willing to wade through the flesh and the blood, to cut right down to the bone, in order to catalyze our deepest fears and emotions.

March 21, 2013 | KL Pereira

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Teaching Tips

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Recently, I did something that I believe all writing teachers should do--I took a class as a student. I try to do this at least once per semester, to keep up with my own writing and to sharpen my teaching skills. How quickly we forget, when we're standing in front of a sea of eyes, what it's like to be on the other side. The instructor of the Grub class I took, Mark Fogarty, did a fantastic job of explaining the elements of "good" dialogue, and I highly recommend taking his class if you get the chance

March 20, 2013 | Nadine Kenney Johnstone

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