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Murders She Didn’t Write

Image – iStockphoto: Jelena 990 With All Due Respect to Agatha and Angela I trust that it’s needless to say that the shooting incidents of the last couple of weeks in the States have rightly refocused the attention of many Americans–though not enough Americans–on gun violence. I can offer you …

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Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye Offers a Master Class in Craft

We all remember where we were when the collective community celebrated or mourned something momentous. Last week, I was sitting in a classroom at Howard University during a Hurston-Wright workshop for Black writers led by bestselling author Nicole Dennis-Benn. As I read aloud the words I’d just composed for a …

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Writing Is an Act of Faith

I have an idea! Let’s play a game of Word Association. You give me a random word or phrase, and I’ll say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? Go. Snail: mobile home  Simone Biles: dynamite Jumping jacks: I pee my pants just a little Royalty: Toni Morrison Chocolate: …

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The Wonders of your Character’s World View

A father, Jim, takes his son thirteen-year-old son, Roy, to Alaska in the tradition of all those great male adventurers. It’s long been an ambition for Jim, to pack up and live off the land for a year. It gives him the chance to connect with his son and show …

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