The Best Little Conference You Never Heard Of

–From Cathy Okay, truth in advertising: My publisher sponsors the Possibilities Publishing Conference, held each year at the lovely historic Clark House in Falls Church, Virginia. So yeah, I’m not unbiased. I attended the kickoff conference last year and was super impressed with the sessions, the media room, the photographer and video offerings, and soContinue reading “The Best Little Conference You Never Heard Of”

Staying in the Scene

Hey Friends, Something I’m keeping in mind as I work on a rewrite that’s taking my novel to a new place. Very exciting!   “Let your scenes play out. Don’t cheat your readers by trying to wrap up every scene too quickly. Events in real life don’t often end neatly; chances are neither will eventsContinue reading “Staying in the Scene”

The ‘Wild Ride’ of Writer Hannah Grieco

—From Cathy Hannah Grieco is an education and disability advocate and writer in Arlington, Virginia. Her essays and short stories have been published in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, Motherwell, First for Women, Hobart, Lunch Ticket, Barren Magazine, Arlington Magazine, and others. She is the founder and director for ‘Readings on the Pike,’ a seriesContinue reading “The ‘Wild Ride’ of Writer Hannah Grieco”

From Paris with love, kinda

Friends — Novelist Michelle Richmond is living the expat dream in Paris, where she has temporarily relocated with her husband and son. It’s a long way from Northern California to Paris, France, and Michelle is candidly–and humorously–sharing her daily trials and triumphs. You can follow her exploits in a “beautiful but challenging city” on herContinue reading “From Paris with love, kinda”

Happy Pub Day, Vanessa Hua!

Drum roll, please….. Our friend and contributor Vanessa Hua is celebrating a big one today: the publication of her debut novel, A River of Stars. Cathy and I offer our congratulations along with a super big high-five. Vanessa took a break in her busy promotion schedule to share a little about the creative inspiration forContinue reading “Happy Pub Day, Vanessa Hua!”

Anthology Seeks Tales of Triumph

A new season brings a new lineup of writing contests. We’d like to bring one to the attention of aspiring, and established, writers, because it’s being judged by none other than my Write Despite co-host Cathy Cruise. Possibilities Publishing Company’s 2018 Anthology Contest is looking for stories–both fiction and nonfiction–that deal with the theme of triumph.InContinue reading “Anthology Seeks Tales of Triumph”


–From Karen: Cathy has been basking in glory lately, what with her new novel, all her cool readings and interviews, not to mention her latest score—a flash fiction honorable mention in the acclaimed Glimmertrain magazine. I could be envious, if I had the time. But slogging my way through the middle of a comprehensive novelContinue reading “Step-by-Step”

Takeaways from AWP 2017

—From Cathy The Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Conference happened a little over a month ago (February 8-11 in Washington, DC), and in addition to all the books, journals, and souvenirs I dragged home, I also took a ton of notes during the sessions and readings, and finally dug them out. Here are some ofContinue reading “Takeaways from AWP 2017”

A Launch to Remember

From Cathy: Happy new year to all! Hope you had a great holiday, did a lot of eating and sleeping and partying—and maybe even got a little writing done in between. For me, December wasn’t just marked by the arrival of the Big Guy, but also the long-awaited release and launch of my novel AContinue reading “A Launch to Remember”

What’s coming up? Click HERE

From Cathy: Hi all! Just a quick post with a few updates. My novel A Hundred Weddings will be released in paperback the day after tomorrow, on December 15. You can pre-order it here. (Kindle version is already available here.) Goodreads is now sponsoring a giveaway of six free, signed copies. You can enter that here. Launch party isContinue reading “What’s coming up? Click HERE”