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A balm for anyone battered by our post-truth culture: Chris Buckley

Guest post by poet Chris Buckley, whose chapbook BLUING is available from Finishing Line Press. Nostalgia, though a potent marketing force, is deadly in art. It transforms rich, emotional imagery into one-dimensional kitsch. So much poetry is devoted to nostalgia, … Continue reading

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How to avoid rejection (some of the time)

By Roz DeKett Note that I haven’t titled this ‘How to have your stories accepted’ – if only I had that formula. However, in the past couple of years (between working on a novel) I’ve written three short stories and … Continue reading

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From war to poetry: Patrick Howse

Guest post from Patrick Howse Patrick Howse began writing the poems in his collection, Shadow Cast By Mountains, while covering the Iraq War for the BBC. War plays a central part in the book, but he is reluctant to describe himself … Continue reading

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Every novel feels like the first: Hazel Gaynor on writing

Guest post by Hazel Gaynor On writing … and writing, and writing, and writing On April 1st, 2014, my debut novel. The Girl Who Came Home was published. I remember the day so clearly: the sense of excitement, the disbelief … Continue reading

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It’s about telling a good story: Maha Gargash

By Roz DeKett As Maha Gargash notes herself, few books come out of the United Arab Emirates that are written by and about Emiratis. So her second novel, That Other Me, is a rare gem in more ways than one. … Continue reading

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Writing is about revision: the wisdom of Hallie Ephron

By Roz DeKett The battle with the draft seems never-ending. There’s nothing quite like taking a preliminary 70,000 words, pulling it apart and throwing out what doesn’t work, and realizing you only have 16,000 words  you can live with. For … Continue reading

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Query letters to literary agents: Don’t be weird

By Roz DeKett Literary agent Janet Reid runs the Query Shark web site. There are some of my notes from her talk at the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. I’ve posted about the right way to query literary … Continue reading

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