Getting Close to Your Characters

Last week I was lucky enough to attend a fantastic workshop at the Writers in Progress studio in beautiful Florence, Massachusetts. Led by author Jacqueline Sheehan, the workshop was called “Getting Close to Your Characters.” Anyone who’s struggled with bringing characters and their motivations (real and hidden) to life knows what we’re talking about. It ain’tContinue reading “Getting Close to Your Characters”

Summer Reading

Summertime and the reading is good this year. We’ve selected our seasonal picks, and will surely be spotted toting them on vacation and to neighborhood parks. Here’s what we’ve chosen:  From Karen: My extremely well read sister has shamed me into reading Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. Okay, there are a few holes in myContinue reading “Summer Reading”

Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!

Have you heard of MOOCs? The term stands for massive open online course, and the writing program at the University of Iowa is currently hosting one. Iowa’s Writing University Open Courses website is offering a six-week FREE course, for beginners to experienced-level writers, called How Writers Write Fiction. Once you register for the class, you simply watchContinue reading “Amazing (and FREE) Writing Opportunity!”

Q & A with ‘Wonder Show’ Author, Hannah Barnaby

Hannah Barnaby is author of Wonder Show, a novel set in 1939 that  tells the tale of 13-year-old Portia Remini, who flees a Home for Wayward Girls and winds up with a traveling sideshow. As if the freakish world of the carnival and its sideshow “misfits” aren’t enough to deal with, Portia’s also searching for the father who abandoned her,Continue reading “Q & A with ‘Wonder Show’ Author, Hannah Barnaby”

Agent Revisited

I recently sat in on a panel with Jeff Kleinman—again. He’s the agent from Folio Literary Management I wrote about last year. If you missed that post, here it is. He gives lots of great information for submitting novels to agents, especially literary fiction, and had a few new insights this year. But even whatContinue reading “Agent Revisited”

The Long and Short of It

Taking a break from the book for a while because … well, because I’m stuck. Discouraged. Not feeling it . But you don’t want to hear my problems. Neither does Karen. She told me to shut up and quit whining and go write a short story. Okay, she was much nicer than that, but IContinue reading “The Long and Short of It”

Cats and Characters

I’m reading two books on writing right now, both of which were recommended to me by other writers, and both of which are technically geared toward…movies? Well, acting and scripts anyway. They are: Getting into Character: Seven Secrets a Novelist Can Learn from Actors, by Brandilyn Collins and Save the Cat! The Last Book onContinue reading “Cats and Characters”

Workshop Wisdom

I’m attending a writers workshop program on June 1. Check out the host studio tucked away in the lovely hills of western Massachusetts, http://doriostermiller.com/writers_in_progress.cfm If you’re ever in this neck of the woods (and you’re a writer), check out Dori’s studio. Great writers (who are also super nice people) come together here to help eachContinue reading “Workshop Wisdom”