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?
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.
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… Continue reading Creative writing classes online. Writing, and the idea of discipline.
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… Continue reading Can writing be taught? Quick note.
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… Continue reading Consider this quickly! We are going to Cuba! Writers, Artists, and Filmmakers’ Research Trip to Cuba! April 3-13, 2011
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: http://www.leaven.org/upcoming.htm#redream I am extremely pleased… Continue reading Writing for Social Change: Re-Dream a Just World Workshop, at Leaven Retreat Center in Michigan, Aug. 5-9!
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… Continue reading Where have I been? Now, there is a question which could lead to story.
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… Continue reading Money and writing. Writing and money. Research, Truth, and Imagination.
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… Continue reading Spring; The Stories of Devil-Girl coming in print; Important news of film: Hunted Like Animals
Dear Writers, This may the be first in a series of posts on bad guys, on miserable, annoying, cruel and unusual, evil types. You know, all that stuff we like to believe we contain not even a speck of within ourselves. In the good old days, a writer could name their characters something so that when… Continue reading Bad guys: characters who are unpleasant, embarrassing, evil, heinous, or even unsexy