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What happens inside a writer, in a world at war? Who to listen to, in a world at war?

  The bombing continues, the cities are rubble, are emptied… whose plan… the children are at the center of the explosion, they burst apart, as if the heart of a child were the precise target. Fiercely some hold on to their own holocaust, but as I write a novel, “fiction” you’d say, the characters meet [...]

3 Online Creative Writing Classes, start dates, January 10 and January 17…

Dear Friends,   If you are looking for a place to push your writing to the next step, do it online with me, and with a group of varied and dedicated writers. Rededicate yourself to bringing your writing forward, going to the next level in your craft, getting a fuller sense of your long term [...]

Blue Earth!! Forthcoming novel — link to the press package!! and for Classes!! Please see the post immediately below this one.

BlueEarthPressPackage_Layout 1 BlueEarthPressPackage_Layout 1 Here is the current press package for my forthcoming novel, Blue Earth (Modern History Press: Ann Arbor), due for publication August 1st, 2012! The package includes a very short excerpt, a short synopsis of the novel, 2 of the blurbs, my bio, and suggested interview questions. Please get this package out [...]

Creative writing classes online. Writing, and the idea of discipline.

Writing and the idea of discipline. Information on classes online, beginning early May. I want to suggest a new discipline. I am of course not saying that getting yourself to the desk is not an important part of being a writer. But many of us, for many reasons—including being unsupported in a society that instills [...]

Can writing be taught? Quick note.

Dear Writers, I will soon be announcing classes online beginning early May. Many people say writing can’t be taught. Well, perhaps, but it can be discussed. The terrain of it within the writer can be discovered and opened up. And that toolbox of craft can be filled. Certainly part of this work is to shed [...]

Consider this quickly! We are going to Cuba! Writers, Artists, and Filmmakers’ Research Trip to Cuba! April 3-13, 2011

Writers, Artists, and Filmmakers’ Research Trip to Cuba! April 3-13, 2011 Writers, artists, filmmakers, and others will journey to Cuba, April 3-13. The custom-made program includes extensive meetings with Cuban writers, artists, filmmakers, scholars and others—very special opportunities for research and connection with Cuban professionals in your field. The program is designed depending on the research needs and interests of [...]

Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshop, at Leaven Retreat Center in Michigan, Aug. 5-9!

Dear Writers, I will be teaching, in partnership with Demetria Martinez, this August at the Leaven Center in Michigan, as every summer for the last 6 years. Ah, heaven. August 5-9. Re-Dream a Just World: Writing and Social Change, with Anya Achtenberg and Demetria Martinez. For information and registration, please see: I am extremely pleased [...]

Where have I been? Now, there is a question which could lead to story.

Dear Friends, I won’t tell you know where I have been. But I will tell you where I am going to be. And what I will be doing in relation to teaching writing, right here in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Here we go, classes first, then news of a workshop, locally in Minneapolis: Finding [...]

Money and writing. Writing and money. Research, Truth, and Imagination.

April 30, 2009   Let’s face it. An economy in shock is not such a shock if you are not only a writer, but a writer from and remaining in the working class.   I am not allergic to the thought of making big money with my writing. Not at all. But the real joy [...]

Spring; The Stories of Devil-Girl coming in print; Important news of film: Hunted Like Animals

May 6, 2008,   A breathless time, spring, with all its upheaval. Its approach, its elusiveness. Its promise.   Forgive my lack of blogginess. Lots of good work in the way, some of it to meet a publication deadline. My novella, The Stories of Devil-Girl, will be published in print in June 2008 by Modern [...]