Category Archives: Writing

The thrill of being in the audience at author readings is just as thrilling as being “onstage”

Ever since moving to the Boston area 14 years ago, I’ve been a fan of Porter Square Books. An independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that supports independent presses, small book associations, and little-known authors, Porter Square Books has hosted a … Continue reading

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The ‘She shed,’ a refreshing development for women who want a space of their own

A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction. This quote is from a 1929 essay by pioneering English writer Virginia Woolf. It is seen as a feminist text and an argument … Continue reading

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What it means to be chosen a finalist for the Still I Rise Micro-grant

Alternating Current, a boutique independent press, is dedicated to publishing and promoting literature that challenges readers. The press publishes diverse voices and all that is electric in the literary world. This year the press inaugurated the 2017 Still I Rise Micro-grant … Continue reading

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7 Common mistakes to avoid when writing a personal essay

I have been writing personal essays for the past 10 years or so and have suffered through rejections, but have had quite a few successes. Most of what I’ve written has eventually gotten published. Based on my experiences I’ve come … Continue reading

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Writers could take a cue from The Poetry Fox

When I attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference a few months ago, I didn’t expect to encounter a furry creature with a tale at the book expo, banging away at the keys of a manual typewriter. I … Continue reading

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My essay is featured on the new Chicken Soup for the Soul podcast and how writers can raise their profile by having a podcast

The editors at Chicken Soup for the Soul have informed me that they have just started a series of inspirational podcasts to promote their books. Chicken Soup for the Soul’s publisher, Amy Newmark, will discuss a different Chicken Soup for … Continue reading

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A day of celebration for small presses

The winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this week. The prize for poetry goes to Tyehimba Jess for the book, Olio. The book is described as astoundingly innovative, combining poems, songs, historical facts, fiction, interviews and tables to create … Continue reading

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Five things I learned at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference in Washington, D.C.

Last week I attended the Association of Writers and Writing Programs Conference, better known as AWP. It is the largest literary conference in North America. This year it was held at the convention center in Washington, D.C., and hosted 550 … Continue reading

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Why Hidden Figures” inspires me in my effort to get my novel published

I recently went to the Showcase Cinema to see Hidden Figures, the phenomenal true story of the black female mathematicians at NASA whose calculations helped fuel some of America’s greatest achievements in space. In addition to the women’s empowerment theme … Continue reading

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I had a surprisingly good time at Mysterium: The Mystery Novel Conference

I’m not a mystery writer. I registered for Mysterium: The Mystery Novel Conference held at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, because two of my friends had planned to go—one who’s written a mystery novel and another who’s planning to work … Continue reading

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The results on my poll about self-publishing might surprise you

Last week on this blog I posed a question to find out if people thought that self-publishing was a viable option for getting published and getting a decent level of interest from readers. It turns out that most people responding … Continue reading

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Maybe self-publishing is the way to go

When I was invited to participate in yesterday’s Local Author Book Fair hosted by the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, Massachusetts, I had visions of readers standing in line, waiting to purchase copies of the anthologies that include my essays. … Continue reading

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