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The Odyssey Writing Workshop

The Odyssey Writing Workshop One of the top workshops in the world for writers of fantasy, science fiction, and horror. Held at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH, June 3-July 12, 2019. Only 15 students. The most intense learning experience you’ll ever have. Application deadline: April 1. Guest Lecturers: Holly Black …

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Yes, I’m Still Sick: Writing with Chronic Illness

Flickr Creative Commons: Sal A friend texted me the other day while I was lying on my back under the glaring light of my dental surgeon’s chair. How are you? I’m still sick. [Attachment: photo of me on laughing gas.] You have had the (poop-emoji-est) January ever! [Interpret ‘poop-emoji-est’ as …

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How to Plan a DIY Writing Retreat

For years I regarded writing retreats as an extravagance. The idea of going on one sounded like a dream, but I could never quite justify the expense. After all, I work from home in a quiet, comfortable office. My schedule allows me to split my time between freelance and fiction …

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Fiction Writing Contests Worth Your Time in Spring 2019

This submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2019 through May 31, 2019. How was the start of your writing year? Deep into drafts and submissions or still working up to your first? Here’s another invigorating round of opportunities. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages …

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Writing Characters That Are ‘Smarter’ Than You

Flickr Creative Commons: Steve McFarland   We are so excited to welcome our newest contributor to Writer Unboxed – Rheea Mukherjee! Rheea is the author of The Body Myth, which is releasing this month from Unnamed Press. Rheea is the co-founder of Write Leela Write, a design and content laboratory …

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How Writing and Submitting Short Stories Improved My Novel

Photo by Aftab Uzzaman If you’re writing a novel and are nowhere near the end, why spend time on short stories? Doesn’t that distraction delay getting to the end of the current draft, a moment that always feels months away? I thought so once. One year, I wouldn’t let myself …

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Writing What You Don’t Believe

Photo “face time-2” by Albyn Davis No, this isn’t about writing dishonestly. Quite the contrary. I’m returning to a topic I’ve touched on before, but with a different slant this time around. Please bear with me. We live in an era of such extreme social and political division that if …

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Bandersnatching Your Writing Career

image by Lumenoid Around 12:10 a.m. on January 1st, just after 2019 began, I made what I hope will prove to be my worst choice of the entire year: I started watching the latest “Black Mirror” project on Netflix, alone, in the dark. “Black Mirror” is eerie at best and …

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The Gifts of the Writing Life

It’s the holiday season! And regardless of how you celebrate, it’s a great time of year for taking stock. You know, the short days, the long, often cold nights, the fires in the hearth. And around here, the blissful silence of a snowy walk.* My December post here last year …

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The Hack’s Guide to Reviewing Your Writing Year

Warning: Hacks for Hacks tips may have harmful side effects on your writing career, and should not be used by minors, adults, writers, poets, scribes, scriveners, journalists, or anybody. Welp, another year over (yay!), a new one just begun (ARGH!). It’s that time of year when all of our apps …

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