Tag: guest article

Kaylyn Marie Dunn

I can’t really remember when I started writing. Or when I began reading. I do remember for a really long time, I hated them both. I would like to say that writing, or even reading, came naturally to me. I would like to say… Continue Reading “Kaylyn Marie Dunn”

Write what you know: the naked author by Clare Scopes

The advice is to write what you know. I wrote a novel about a twenty-something-year-old woman in 1938 America struggling to become an animator in a man’s world. But do I know enough to write convincingly? I’m Australian. Born in 1967. And not an… Continue Reading “Write what you know: the naked author by Clare Scopes”

Interview With Cheryl Wilder

What’s your favorite thing you have written? I wrote an essay, “Where Are We Going After This?” centered around the last hours of my mom’s life. To me, the essay memorializes her and my relationship. I was honored to be with her when she… Continue Reading “Interview With Cheryl Wilder”


The Bird that Sang in Color is the story of a woman who creates the life she always wanted and then leaves it behind when she discovers the secret to living free. Donna, in her early teens, decides that having a fulfilling life is… Continue Reading “THE BIRD THAT SANG IN COLOR by Grace Mattioli”

Betty P. Notzon

My love of words started with President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Watching his speeches on TV as a little girl, I was bowled over by the big words he used. Words, I suspect, like deficit, congressional inquiry, and fiscal responsibility, words still being heard in… Continue Reading “Betty P. Notzon”

Literary Devices Make Writers Giggle by John Espie

Back when I was taking Lit classes, I kept learning about allegory and extended metaphors and allusions and lots of other fancy words, and the whole time I couldn’t help but think, Are these professors taking this stuff way more seriously than the actual writers did?

Writing the Gift Story by Alex Bernstein

No one likes staring at a blank page. Fortunately, many writers cultivate all sorts of prompts and tools to conquer that authorial vacuum as much as possible – whether it be leaving the previous day’s writing off on a cliffhanger – or maintaining an… Continue Reading “Writing the Gift Story by Alex Bernstein”

South America and Iron Spires over the White CitY by Joseph Rollins

My favorite question at book readings is why I chose Colombia for the setting of my Victorian-era steampunk novel. After opening in London, the main characters travel to New Grenada, the colonial name for the northwest corner of South America. The story progresses from… Continue Reading “South America and Iron Spires over the White CitY by Joseph Rollins”

Reality is Elusively Absurd by Brian Petkash

Reality is elusively absurd. To render in art the every day, the rhythm, and meter of life, can be a fool’s errand. One must first set out to define what is real, it seems, and then develop a method of sending one’s fictional reality… Continue Reading “Reality is Elusively Absurd by Brian Petkash”