Writing in Upheaval

Understanding story focus through the lens of exclusion and inclusion

I began writing this blog, Writing in Upheaval, as the Covid-19 pandemic was shown to be spreading, and lockdowns and self-isolating began, because so many writers expressed having difficulties working. They had lost their focus, they said, in and for their writing. Shift upon shift, jolt upon jolt Before I’d finished the first of these… Continue reading Understanding story focus through the lens of exclusion and inclusion

Juicy Craft Points

Writer’s block? Is that a real thing?Dispensing with inner critics and self-censorship.

I’m a novelist. I write long. If you’ve had a phone conversation with me, you know that’s a transferable skill. But I also know how to listen. Well and deep. Which is how I listen to language, to writing, to writers, to what they ask for.  Straight lines make journeys shorter, but at times a… Continue reading Writer’s block? Is that a real thing?Dispensing with inner critics and self-censorship.

News; things to look for, The power of the arts, Travel

Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!

February 20, 2016   Why have I--- a quite busy professional writer; teacher of creative writing; writer’s consultant; film maniac and occasional Cuban film festival curator; arts adorer; salsa dancer and music devourer; and, of course, lover of books, and lover of justice --- continued to organize trips to Cuba?      Like my Multicultural Cuba… Continue reading Why the heck do I organize trips to Cuba? I am not a travel agent…I’m a novelist, poet, teacher!!!

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

Beyond writer's block, Creative Process, General Writing, Voice

Trusting Our Own Vision, or: The Late Bloomers’ Club

For A.M.-C. “The bud stands for all things, even those things that don't flower, for everything flowers, from within, of self-blessing; though sometimes it is necessary to reteach a thing its loveliness” From Galway Kinnell, “St. Francis and the Sow” I was a small girl in Brooklyn, between broken English and broken hearts, whispered Yiddish,… Continue reading Trusting Our Own Vision, or: The Late Bloomers’ Club

Beyond writer's block, Creative Process, General Writing

Writing and the New Year: A request for writers.

Dear Writers and Friends,   Almost 2013!   I have a request, for you and for myself, for the new year. We have plenty of other work for our imagination to do, and so—let’s free it from that need to imagine we are writers, and write with an imagination freed to do its enormous labor… Continue reading Writing and the New Year: A request for writers.

Contemporary Events, Story

The terrible story is always bigger than the terrible event.

On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, around 9:30 in the morning, a gunman entered an elementary school and on a rampage, after killing his mother with one of her guns, killed extraordinarily courageous staff members-- teachers, a psychologist, and the principal (all women), and 20 small children, six and seven years of age. Grief… Continue reading The terrible story is always bigger than the terrible event.

Fictional worlds, News; things to look for, Story

Blue Earth, a novel: update on the recently published book.

Dear Writers, Dear Friends, I have so much to share with you, and I will be starting to post again, as much as I can on craft, so please watch these pages. For now, I have to tell you about my novel, Blue Earth. It’s now been a little while since Blue Earth – my… Continue reading Blue Earth, a novel: update on the recently published book.

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