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November, 2017

NaNoWriMo 2017: Decide What Your Novel’s Characters Want

Posted Mon, 11/27/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this month, you’re hopefully nearing the end of your draft. I hope adding value shifts to your scenes has made them more exciting and fun to write. You might feel like you’re running into the problem…

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Why I Write by Participants in Building a Writing Class with Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:49am by  |  Category: , ,

The passages that follow are excerpts from a ten-minute in-class free write from the prompt Why do you write? Afterwards, we read aloud in a round and the energy in the room was palpable. I feel so grateful each time…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Make Your Novel’s Scenes Exciting

Posted Mon, 11/20/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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I hope your NaNoWriMo draft is going well. You’re probably past the halfway point. Nice job! If you’ve been following these blogs, you probably have a plan to finish the first draft of your novel this month and you’re writing…

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Making Certain It Goes On: Share Your Story

Posted Tue, 11/14/2017 - 7:40am by  |  Category:

I recently heard a story about the author Sonya Lea. For those not familiar with Sonya, she published a memoir, Wondering Who You Are, with Tin House; it chronicles her experience with her husband’s amnesia and how they built a…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: Why Picking a Genre Will Help You Write Your Novel

Posted Mon, 11/13/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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Welcome to the second full week of November! I hope you’re feeling like you’re making great progress on your draft and that planning your daily writing and specific word counts is giving you direction. You’re also probably feeling a little bit stuck….

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New Series Supports Indigenous Poets

Posted Tue, 11/07/2017 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

Hugo House and Poetry Foundation kick off Poetry Across the Nations, a new community outreach program facilitated by Native women, on December 6–8. Conceived by poet Natalie Diaz in collaboration with Jennifer Foerester and Ydalmi Noriega of the Poetry Foundation,…

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NaNoWriMo 2017: How to Plan Your Novel’s Beginning, Middle, and End

Posted Mon, 11/06/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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We’re entering the first full week of NaNoWriMo. I hope you’ve had a lot of fun writing so far. I know I always feel good after a few days of consistent writing. If you’re following my recommended schedule from my…

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Your Neighborhood’s Feminist Witchcraft: An Exclusive Q&A With Rachel Kessler and Jericho Brown

Posted Wed, 11/01/2017 - 8:00am by  |  Category:
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All eyes will be on authors Rachel Kessler, Jericho Brown, and Porochista Khakpour on Friday, Nov. 10. They’ll be taking the stage for the latest installment in our Hugo Literary Series. As a nod to our new and permanent home, this…

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