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”

You’ve Published! Now What?

—From Cathy I attended a unique, inspiring, and all-around kick-ass writer’s conference on April 7. The first annual Possibilities Publishing Conference 2018: Transforming Writers into Authors brought together a whole host of experts to help writers focus mainly on…get this… …what to do AFTER they’ve published. Panelists gave attendees all the tools they need toContinue reading “You’ve Published! Now What?”

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”

Deep in the Rewrite Trenches: A Little Inspiration from Author Richard Bausch

From Karen: So I’m neck-deep in the third rewrite of my new novel. How’s it going? Slowly, occasionally painfully, and all I want is to be done with it. I’m fighting my usual impulse to speed ahead, and instead slow down and stay in the scene. I’m winning the battle—some of the time. Ever been there?Continue reading “Deep in the Rewrite Trenches: A Little Inspiration from Author Richard Bausch”

Spring Writing Contests

Going through some recent contest announcements and thought we’d share. Here are some writing contests coming up (some very soon), so get those fingers flying, and best of luck! Writing Contest: Flyway Entry fee: $12 Deadline extended until April 27 Sweet Corn: A spring contest for short fiction and poetry, celebrates work that surprises, shocks, moves,Continue reading “Spring Writing Contests”

Q & A with Author P.J. Devlin

–From Cathy P. J. Devlin tells stories about relationships. Whether writing of a witch, a dwarf, an elderly woman, teenagers, or indentured servants, her characters exist in the Philadelphia of her birth and share her love of the Wissahickon Creek. She is currently working on her third book with Possibilities Publishing Company. Wissahickon Souls is Devlin’s historical novel set in theContinue reading “Q & A with Author P.J. Devlin”

The Next Big Thing

From Cathy Well, it’s been quite a month. So again, please bear with me while I gloat—just a wee bit. In addition to the short story in American Fiction Volume 14, I recently found out that…drumroll please… My book is getting published! A Hundred Weddings will be released in early 2016 through Marching Ink, an independentContinue reading “The Next Big Thing”

Writing Conference Takeaways

From Cathy I recently attended a great writing conference in Washington, DC and swore I’d go straight home and compile all the information for Write Despite and post it ASAP. That was in April. But hey, I’ve finally done it. At the Conversations and Connections: Practical Advice on Writing conference, I took pages of notes,Continue reading “Writing Conference Takeaways”

Author, Author!

From Cathy Last week I had the pleasure of attending two literary events celebrating new books by people I’m proud to call friends. They are both exceptional writers, and I was honored to have been asked to review at least parts of both of their books while they were being written. I’m even mentioned in their acknowledgements,Continue reading “Author, Author!”

Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti

Kirsten Lopresti, having just released her fab-tastic debut novel, Bright Coin Moon, offers up some tips for fitting writing into your holiday craziness. Please check out her website, and order a copy of Bright Coin Moon for yourself or any YA readers on your gift list. It’s a smart, funny, moving tale of a teenager caught up in her mother’s fake fortunetelling business,Continue reading “Guest Blog: Writing Tips from Author Kirsten Lopresti”