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Just Write a Few Ads

By Darlene Cah This month we’re taking a look at the teachers who influenced us as writers. From the crotchety nuns of my childhood to long-haired hippie types in high school, all the way to the laid-back creatives of art school and grad school, so many teachers have affected my work and my life. One, […]

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Teaching Me To Keep Writing

by Jennie Jarvis As a writer, I’ve had a lot of teachers guide me on my journey to get all those pesky stories out of my head and onto the page. Some of them guided me in a classroom, such as Hal Ackerman and Dr. Lee Beger, teaching me in the traditional manner – teacher […]

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Remembering Raymond

by Ron Hayes I like to think we’ve all had a teacher or two who, somewhere along the way, succeeded where others couldn’t or clicked with us in a way that has remained with us – and will continue to remain with us – for as long as we will remember. For me, there are a […]

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Giving Thanks to a Challenging Teacher by Brad Windhauser

Giving Thanks to a Challenging Teacher by Brad Windhauser I love being in a classroom. Even outside of a school setting, I love learning. This passion was fostered by a great number of teachers in my life, and I’m thankful for each one who inspired learning in me. These gifted teachers all shared one crucial […]

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Refilling The Well: Getting Re-inspired After A Creative Drought by Jennie Jarvis

By Jennie Jarvis Have you ever had a period of time where the very idea of writing stresses you out? You remember what writing is, don’t you? That thing you used to do, long ago, that gave you so much joy? But now, when you think about doing it, all you feel is guilty and […]

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8 Simple Salami Tactics to Exercise the Routine that Makes the Muse Chase YOU After a Long Layoff

by Ron Hayes (note: YIKES! Forgive that crazy title this month, will you?) As a high school history teacher, I’m continually surprised at how frequently the seasonality of my work sneaks up on me. I mean, by its very nature, my regular job is seasonal work: three seasons on, one off. With the dawning of […]

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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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From Curious to Furious: Confessions of a Research Junkie

By Darlene Cah If you had told me when I was in high school or college that I would become addicted to research, I would have laughed in your face—I’m talking coffee-spraying-from-mouth laughed! It would have been hysterical (in the literal sense of the word), not to mention messy. I’ll blame my penchant for research […]

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Using Pinterest As a Research Tool

  by Jennie Jarvis As a fiction writer, most of my job entails making crap up. Yes, my stories are based in realities, and it’s important for those realties to ring true in the hearts and minds of my readers. Sometimes, this means doing a little traditional research. Lately, I’ve been spending hours watching videos […]

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