Mining The Past to Gild The Present: How I Got Here

by Ron Hayes We are all, every one of us, the sum of our parts. Each of us carries around with us the bits and pieces of the places we’ve been and the things we’ve seen and the people we’ve known. For those of us who write, we have that most magical of gifts in […]

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Cover Reveal for New Craft Textbook (News)

5writers regular contributor Jennie Jarvis is delighted to reveal the cover of her new craft textbook, Crafting the Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation in Development. This text is intended to provide writers of all formats and genres a road map they can use to create a fully developed character.     Crafting […]

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Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser

Growing up as a Writer: Learning to Think as a Writer by Brad Windhauser Henry James famously said, “A writer is someone on whom nothing is lost.” I stress this with my students every semester. But what does it mean, some ask? We pay attention, I tell them, and when we do, we get to […]

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What It Really Means to Mature As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been writing since I was really young – and by really young, I mean REALLY young. I can remember writing little stories in elementary school. I’m pretty sure I wrote my first full length play in the sixth grade. But, needless to say, as long as I can remember, the art […]

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$cript$ That ¢reate Bu¢k$

by Linda Escalera Price “I make my living now as a screenwriter! Which I’m surprised and horrified to hear myself saying, butI don’t think I can support myself as a playwright at this point. I don’t think anybody does.” – Tony Kushner in Time Out When you hear things like this, the idea of making […]

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Redefining “Support”: What You Need To Know In Order to Support Yourself As A Writer

By Jennie Jarvis I’ve been teaching writing – either via workshops or in a professional institution like at a University – for over 10 years. While my students and the kinds of writing I teach have changed, one thing has always remained the same: I always get asked the same question. How can I support […]

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How to Scream in Japanese

5Writers welcomes first-time guest blogger, Michele O. Medlin. Michele is a comedian and voice actor. She’s written and performed sketch comedy and continues to entertain audiences as an improviser. She graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City and works at SiriusXM. By Michele O. Medlin When I was 5 years […]

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On Words Alone: Can A Man Survive Solely On Poetry?

by Ron Hayes Poetry doesn’t pay. Let me be the first to welcome you to Planet Earth if that happens to be news to you. (Welcome! May I suggest buying a book or two while you’re here?) As writers, we all know that the fruits of our labors are hardly fruitful enough on their own […]

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Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser

Paying the Bills by Brad Windhauser I’m fortunate enough to have a full-time teaching job, one that affords me a flexible schedule conducive to writing and a decent paycheck. But I wasn’t always so fortunate. Working in restaurants put me through undergrad (1994-1997) and then my Master’s degree (2000-2002) until I retired from the service […]

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Writing for a Living

by Darlene Cah My “art” has changed a few times over the years, from visual art to music to improv theater. Through all these creative endeavors, I had a day job—as a writer. Go figure! I started out in traditional advertising as a copywriter, bounced over to publishing, then to interactive advertising, and now television […]

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