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The Inspiration behind The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby

The Inspiration behind The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby The Truth She Knew by J.A. Owenby offers an honest and powerful glimpse into mental illness, the meaning of true love, and the psychological waltz that a daughter dances as she endures her mother’s unpredictable emotions, manipulation, and abuse.   A few years ago, I met […]

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The Birth of a Novel; or, How I Got the Idea for The Intersection by Brad Windhauser

The Birth of a Novel; or, How I Got the Idea for The Intersection by Brad Windhauser I grew up in LA’s San Fernando Valley and then moved to San Diego for college. Graduate school drew me east, and in 2000 I moved to Philadelphia. Immediately, I loved the more urban environment than any other […]

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They, Too, Dislike It: 12 Artists Who Crossed Genres and Wrote Poetry

by Ron Hayes Ah, poetry. Who hasn’t taken a stab at slapping couplets together in a lovesick attempt to show that special someone just how special they really are? Who hasn’t memorized a favorite limerick and then later decided to improve on it, change it, or otherwise contribute something fresh in an attempt to make […]

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Research Tips From A Librarian by Kate Neff

5writers.com welcomes Kate Neff to the site this month! Kate has worked in the library setting for over 15 years, from the public library, to colleges, to the public school system. It’s hard for her to say which is her favorite, but there is never a dull day no matter which kind of library one works […]

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“As Far as I Know, the Galleys Are Still in Canada” by April L. Ford

This month, author April L. Ford shares one of the lessons she learned transitioning from a writer to a published author.  “As Far as I Know, the Galleys Are Still in Canada” by April L. Ford In summer 2014, when my U.S. publisher asked if any of my Canadian contacts would be interested in helping […]

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National Poetry Month & Anna Rose Welch

    by Ron Hayes Very near to where I live there also lives a small, horrible, twisted, stunted, shrivel of a brain that happens, sadly, to be attached to a state legislator named Brad Roae. This tragedy of grey matter recently gave voice to what I fear as both a poet and an educator. […]

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Writing Their Stories: Divergent Approaches to Writing Diverse Characters by Allen Gorney

5Writers welcomes guest writer Allen Gorney back to our blog! Allen Gorney is a writer and actor. He currently teaches at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida. His forthcoming novel The Scottish Bitch was released on March 17, 2016 under the name Jameson Tabard by Beating Windward Press. You can find him online at www.jamesontabard.com. […]

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Diversify your Diversity by Nicole Oquendo

5Writers.com welcomes Nicole Oquendo to the site! Nicole Oquendo is a writer, educator, and editor interested in multimodal compositions and translations of nonfiction and poetry. She is a member of the Sundress Publications Board of Directors, as well as an Assistant Editor for Flaming Giblet Press, the Nonfiction Editor of The Florida Review, and the […]

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Permission to Keep Going by April L. Ford

Permission to Keep Going by April L. Ford April 1, 2015 was a huge day for me: My first book, The Poor Children: Stories, debuted worldwide. The manuscript had been chosen from among several hundred entries to receive Grand Prize for the Santa Fe Writers Project 2013 Literary Awards Program for Fiction. While I delighted […]

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Special Edition: So You Want to Write a Sex Scene? by Leslie Salas

  5Writers.com welcomes guest blogger Leslie Salas to the site! Leslie Salas holds an MFA in Creative Writing and is a graduate of a Publishing Institute. By day, she helps students in higher education master the art of effective communication and storytelling at an entertainment, media, and arts university. On nights and weekends, she writes […]

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