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Better or best name form for nonfiction and/or poetry

Catrin Lewis said: ↑ As is mildly obvious, I use the pen name Catrin Lewis for my romantic suspense fiction novels. But I’ve always intended to use a form of my real name for my nonfiction and poetry. The same form for both? I hadn&...

Queen’s Letter: Surf’s Up Somewhere in the World

Photo by Jeremy Bishop on Unsplash I know it wasn’t you, but someone’s been going to yard parties and spitting on the other partiers! I know they thought people they knew would not be carriers of Chingona, because why would they? I know...

Queen’s Letter: If I have to come over there…!

Today we have more words from Writers Forum President and Queen Laura Hernandez. With the COVID-19 numbers back on the rise in California, and with the lack of masks we see around town, it looks like this is going to be a longer ride than w...

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Gah!! How explicit should a story about child abuse/pornography be?

Wow…..well,, at least there’s a lively discussion happening! To start with, one of the major problems I am having is that I have what may end up being contradictory goals – I didn’t think they were when I started thi...

Five Tools for Telling Stories With Maps

One of my favorite alternatives to traditional book report assignments is having students create multimedia maps based on books they’ve read. Google Lit Trips first made that idea popular more than a… Read the whole entry at Fre...

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WHY I WRITE

WHY I WRITE My childhood had a powerful influence on why I write. I was born in the city but grew up in the country. And there in the country I discovered that words could take me beyond what I knew with my eyes and my ears. It began on a h...

Queen’s Letter: Notsobrighterday

Writers Forum President and Queen shares her take on the covid-19 restrictions as we enter the Memorial Day weekend. May people are optimistic that places are opening up. I remain crabby. Redding City Council meeting was bullied and bull-ho...

Sci-Fi/Fantasy First Place Winner: “The Inhibitor Check”

Congratulations to Christopher Wyer, first place winner in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s his winning story, “The Inhibitor Check.” The Inhibitor Check The spider’s le...

Vintage WD: Must the Novelist Crusade?

In this February 1970 Writer’s Digest article, Eudora Welty argues that, “Fiction is not meant to be a disguise for propaganda. A story should speak for itself as a story.” By Eudora Welty Writer’s Digest, February 1970 Not too long...

Telling the Stories of War: Author Roundtable

Three award-winning journalists discuss their unique approaches to chronicling seminal moments in American military history with Writer’s Digest columnist Don Vaughn. This article about writing war stories previously appeared in the Janua...

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