In 2010, my overly-generous, wonderful mother, gave me a crazy amount of money for my 50th birthday present. That gift made me decide that I would try to get into a juried writer conference and I aimed high, Tin House. To my amazement, I got in, but couldn’t figure out who to study with – [...]Read more »
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I’m so pleased to bring you a guest post from Rayme Waters, author of the novel, The Angels’ Share. Rayme and I met at the Tin House Summer Writers Workshop in 2010, where we workshopped with the brilliant Robert Boswell. Through the wonder of social media, Rayme and a few of us from the conference [...]Read more »
As I write this, I’m looking out my front window at a few maple trees that haven’t had their best autumn. Instead of glorious golden prom gowns, they’re sporting mottled fading green and gold leaves with giant ugly black spots from some fungus. Blech. And, the gray of November that I was pining for during [...]Read more »
In conversations at Bread Loaf in Sicily, I’ve heard a recurring lament from some of the people here with MFAs. As any lament should be, it’s a mournful dirge – these writers feel the need to undo what they learned in their MFA programs, meaning the emphasis on craft and technique, for them, removed the [...]Read more »
Writers write. Writers write alone. Facts. But, one is the loneliest number. We need other writers to give us feedback, to whine to every now and then, to toast our successes. We need people who understand that sometimes a good day means celebrating a “good” rejection. I live in a city, Milwaukee, that has [...]Read more »
Mountains have been on my mind lately. Mountains and writing. Mountains of writing. How writing my novel has been like learning to climb a mountain. You don’t start mountain climbing by tackling Everest. You start smaller and build your skills, surpass previous altitudes, backtrack when you must. You attend clinics to learn safe techniques and [...]Read more »