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Die Laughing

by Linda Escalera Price When my Grandfather was 89, he sat down on the back deck of his Napa Valley home, watched the setting sun cast shadows across the vineyards, sipped a glass of 18 year-old Glenlivet and breathed his last breath. You could almost see the credits roll at the end of a long, […]

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Writing As Catharsis: Writing As A Coping Mechanism

by Jennie Jarvis One of the sad truths about being human is that we will, without doubt, have to deal with death at some point in our life. Even if we are the most anti-social person in the world and stay isolated from every other person on the planet, we will still have to face […]

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David Fincher’s Gone Girl – Preserving Your Story When Adapting a Novel to the Screen [Spoilers late in the article] by Brad Windhauser

David Fincher’s Gone Girl – Preserving Your Story When Adapting a Novel to the Screen [Spoilers late in the article] by Brad Windhauser I’m a fan of Flynn’s novel, Gone Girl, and I have been eagerly awaiting David Fincher’s adaptation (as I am huge fan of the director’s work). Like most fans, though, I was […]

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Death Poems: Peverse and Pedestrian Ways of “Making it New”

By the pricking of my thumbs,        something wicked this way comes. Macbeth Act IV Scene 1 by Ron Hayes Recently I was speaking with a colleague new to our school. He had just learned that I was the outgoing Poet Laureate of Erie, Pennsylvania and as we were talking I heard him […]

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Crafting The Character Arc: Publication Announcement (News)

5writers.com is delighted to formally announce the publication of Crafting The Character Arc: A Practical Guide to Character Creation and Development. This craft book, written by 5writers.com contributor and co-owner Jennie Jarvis, is intended as a practical guide for writers of any format to use as they craft the journey of their protagonist through a […]

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How A Hotdog Made Me A Better Writer

by Linda Escalera Price My mother refused to teach me to read. I was about 3, and she thought if I learned to read then, I would be bored when I started kindergarten. So I taught myself to read by studying my older siblings’ workbooks about Dick and Jane and Sally. (As the youngest, I […]

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Blame it on Black Beauty

By Darlene Cah Sometime in third grade at Our Lady of Grace Elementary School in Brooklyn, Miss Demik changed the life of a fat kid from the projects. Yeah, that would be me. The young teacher brought in a copy of Black Beauty, and read one chapter every day to the class. It was like […]

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To Read is to Live

To bring awareness to the importance of reading and writing, Grammarly, an online automated proofreading service, has initiated their Promote Literacy Program. Bloggers, like us at 5Writers, are partnering with them to bring attention to their efforts, and by sharing this post with you, Grammarly will donate to a literacy charity. For more information about […]

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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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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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