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WU UnConference Scholarship UPDATE

In an ideal world, we might be announcing the winner of the Writer Unboxed UnConference scholarship today. But as we were reading applications it became clear that to choose only one winner this year would be tragic; the talent is simply that great, the stories of perseverance that compelling. But …

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Why Do Readers Love Some Novels? Results of a Survey

Please welcome Barbara Linn Probst back to WU today! Barbara is the author of the groundbreaking book on nurturing out-of-the-box children, When the Labels Don’t Fit. She is also a researcher and clinician living on a historic dirt road in New York’s Hudson Valley. She holds a PhD in clinical social …

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When Risks Go Wrong

“Blue mountains” by Adam Kubalica I talk about fear and bravery a lot because they’re big parts of my writing life—and not just because I write horror. I encourage writers (including myself) to be brave and take risks. Ideally the groundwork of education, hard work, and patience is already laid …

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Consciously Framing the Story

When news broke of immigrant Latino children being held in cages on the southern border of the US, I remembered Wendell Berry’s poem, “Questionnaire,” and its especially resonant last stanza: State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,the energy sources, the kinds of security,for which you would kill a child.Name, please, …

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The First Five Lines

I’ve discussed before the role of narrative voice in pulling us into the dream state into which we fall when we read.  The more I study it, though, the more convinced I am that the effect of narrative voice begins—or not—immediately.  Narrative voice can lull us into the dream state …

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The Morning After

Photo by Antonio Guillem Whether you’ve been working on your WIP for one year or ten, there comes a day when you know it’s ready to submit. Whether it’s fifty pages and an outline or the full manuscript, today’s the day. You’ve done your work. It’s time to let go. …

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Planning Your Own Weekend Writers’ Retreat

Photo Cred: Alex Robert With the WU Uncon just around the corner, many of us are getting excited for a writing retreat. There is the anticipation of seeing old friends and meeting new ones, the expectation of learning something new, and the chance to gain insight and inspiration for the …

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How to Survive & Succeed as a Writer (Free Webinar!)

Announcing a special (FREE) online master class for writers! Thursday May 2, Gabriela Pereira, founder of DIY MFA is teaching a FREE master class for the writing community: How to Survive and Succeed as a Writer (without Breaking Your Heart or Losing Your Mind)! If you’re like many readers of …

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Margaret Dilloway and Summer of a Thousand Pies

Today we celebrate the April 16 release of Margaret Dilloway’s new novel, Summer of a Thousand Pies. Thank you for joining us to answer a few questions regarding your novel, Margaret! A descendant of samurai and Irish-American coal miners, Margaret Dilloway is the internationally published author of women’s fiction, middle …

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I Don’t Believe in Diabetes

Please help me perform an experiment. Re-read the title of this post, and ask yourself: What if somebody said those five words – “I don’t believe in diabetes” – to you? What if they followed it up with something like this? “People should just eat less sugar.” I suspect you …

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