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Guest Post: Out of Time by Beth Sherman

Beth Sherman

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. – John Irving

We must use time creatively. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

I was at the gynecologist’s office, naked,

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Guest Post: The Importance of Being a Bookworm by Katie Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

Like a lot of people who scribble in notebooks constantly and wear their library cards thin, my early childhood was defined by books. There were books in every room at my grandparents’ house, where I lived until I was six. My grandpa read to me every night before bed, sometimes starting a wild rumpus with

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Choosing Settings for Your Writing by Christa Carmen

Christa Carmen

Think of the last place you visited that really stuck out to you. What was it about the locale that made you connect to the experience? What details of the place did you retain and recall at later, unexpected moments, bridging the gap between the past and the present? These are the kinds of questions

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Guest Post: The Importance of a Writing Community by Francine Witte

Francine Witte

Jack Kerouac famously said “be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” Certainly as writers, we try to embrace this notion. The creating, the expressing, the transformation of thought to word, the sharing of what we do with like-minded artists – all of that feeding our aliveness and love of our craft.

It

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Guest Post: Why I Teach My Creative Writing Courses Like a Good Rock and Roll Show by Ephraim Sommers

Ephraim Sommers

The First Song and Mosh:

The best rock and roll concert I’ve ever witnessed was not Metallica or Korn at the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 2000. It was not Tool in Bakersfield at the Bill Graham Auditorium in 2006, and it was not Van Halen at the California Mid-State Fair in 2013, nor

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Guest Post: The Quarrel by Debra Young

Debra Young

It never fails. I sit down to write and the blue screen of death flares up in my head, the gears grind to a halt and it’s quiet up there, but for the voice, irritable and argumentative.

What? You want an idea? What? I got no ideas. What do you think I am—an idea machine?

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Guest Post: MFA Myopia: The Pain is in the Details by Elizabeth Mastrangelo

Elizabeth Mastrangelo

I’ve always had trouble stepping back and seeing the big picture.

“Well, no wonder you’re struggling,” my tenth-grade U.S. History teacher said when we met about my failing grade. “You’ve underlined every single sentence in this textbook. You don’t know how to distinguish main ideas from supporting details.”

My eyes burned with tears. “But I

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A Conversation with Tobi Alfier

Tobi Alfier

An interview by Alicia Cole.

Tobi Alfier is a multiple Pushcart nominated poet and Best of the Net nominee whose poems have appeared in The Chaffin Journal, Chiron Review, Gargoyle, Hawai’i Pacific Review, The Los Angeles Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Suisun Valley Review, Town Creek Poetry, and other print and online

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Guest Post: On Finitude by Thomas Snarsky

Thomas Snarsky

I remember getting a copy of Robert Frost’s Collected Poems when I was a senior in high school. I didn’t read much poetry at the time, but I remember taking the book with me as my only company for a three-day sleepaway trip at a local college. The trip was terrible and I hated it,

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Where Have All the Letters Gone? by Diana Raab

Diana Raab

My platform as a writer began more than five decades ago with a Khalil Gibran journal and by writing letters to my parents from summer sleep away camp. Although my first letter included only five words, “I hate camp, Love, Diana,” those days marked the beginning of my life-long fascination with the handwritten letter. After

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