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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 […]

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Diversify your Diversity by Nicole Oquendo 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 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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Why In The World Do You Want My Feedback?

by Linda Escalera Price That’s always my first question when someone asks for feedback. Granted, it might be unspoken, but the answer (theirs or my best guess) guides the way in which I read and give feedback.  There could be thousands of reasons (there’s an interesting writing prompt) and each reason guides me to read […]

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Tracie Morell and Claudia Rankine: Better Than Beach Books

*Contributor’s Note: To all, my apologies. I allowed my emotions to get the better of me the other day and I dashed off something political–my Charleston post–in place of this one. Here is what was supposed to be my regularly-scheduled post for this month. Sorry again for the soapbox moment… by Ron Hayes Almost a lifetime ago […]


Neil Simon Taught Me How To Write A Play

by Linda Escalera Price  As a child my favorite author was Madeleine L’Engle, Beverly Cleary, Judy Blume, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Ian Fleming, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Alfred Hitchcock and whoever wrote the book I was currently reading. I was very non-discriminatory – basically if it had words that told a […]

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The Poor Children by April L. Ford – A 5Writers Review

by Ron Hayes Once when I was about 20 years old, in-between College Enrollment #1 and Huge Life Mistake #2, I was crashing at my mom’s for a while as our family tried to spiral back into normalcy after my father’s untimely death. Long an avid reader, my mom always had a handful of paperbacks lying around, waiting […]


Don’t You Lie To Me! By Michael Tabb, WGA is pleased to welcome guest blogger Michael Tabb, WGA. WGA writer Michael Tabb has written for Universal Studios, Disney Feature Animation, comic book icon Stan Lee, and industry players including: Lawrence Bender, Sean Daniel, Paul Schiff, Mark Canton, Mike Newell, Thor Freudenthal and Dustin Hoffman while speaking at schools and panels across the nation. […]

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The Secret to Writing Fantasy: Reality

by Jennie Jarvis In both my screenwriting and my novel writing, a lot of my work has been in the fantasy genre. I’ve created worlds where leprechauns play tricksters, where yokai run shops, and where a person can die by turning into a robot. Each of these stories have won awards and gained interest from […]

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