Review: Flint Writers Fest displays depth, diversity of Flint talent

‘Writing is the painting of the voice.” …Voltaire The latest iteration of a local festival that elevates the literary arts displayed the depth and diversity of Flint-based writers Sept. 13-14. This year, its third, the event premiered

Salida Celebrates Colorado Author Kent Haruf’s Literary Legacy

Colorado celebrates the late author Kent Haruf in Salida the weekend of September 27 to 29. The literary heritage of Colorado takes center stage in Salida next weekend, when the city celebrates the life and work of

26 Tips from Editors on How to Get Published

Athens, Greece – December 15, 2013 Stack of magazines for women on a newsstand at Athens Omonoia Square, Numero L’oficiell Marie claire Vogue Elle As a journalist, writing coach and magazine editor, I have worked with hundreds

5 Telltale Signs of Authenticity in Life-Story Narratives

Self-reported questionnaire responses are often skewed by people wanting to “say the right thing.” For example, few of us would openly admit that we were phony, inauthentic, or Machiavellian when filling out a survey. Self-reporting often fails

Why Margaret Atwood Said ‘No’ To A ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Sequel — Until Now

The Testaments Margaret Atwood has written a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale — that sentence alone will move millions of readers to buy the book ASAP. The final act of that book, published in 1985, saw its

Did a censored female writer inspire Hemingway’s famous style?

A photograph of Ellen N. La Motte soon after completing ‘The Backwash of War’ in 1916. Virtually everyone has heard of Ernest Hemingway. But you’d be hard-pressed to find someone who knows of Ellen N. La Motte.

Misunderstanding Susan Sontag

Anthony Gerace “To experience a thing as beautiful means: to experience it necessarily wrongly,” Friedrich Nietzsche wrote in The Will to Power . It is a line that Susan Sontag quotes toward the end of her 1977

‘Cheer Up, Mr. Widdicombe’ author Evan James is a writer to watch

Everyone’s got a book in them, and Frank Widdicombe, a Bainbridge Island paterfamilias, has determined that he will write one titled “The Widdicombe Way,” detailing the personal qualities that made him one of the nation’s finest tennis

Food Writer’s Retreat in Oaxaca with Tucson Foodie & Wandering Writers Workshops

Oaxaca, Mexico is a colonial mountain city known for fascinating indigenous heritage, exquisite scenery, colorful festivals, UNESCO World Heritage archaeology sites, and near-perfect weather. It’s also gaining due accolade as one of the world’s most important foodie

Write Concentration: Using a Pen and Paper to Meditate

Photo by Rachel Lynette French | “How do I forgive?” When I wrote this question in my notebook, I was practicing being present. I had noticed my breath moving in and out of my body, felt