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10 creative writing graduate degree programs in Los Angeles (PhD, MFA, MA)

10 creative writing graduate degree programs in Los Angeles (PhD, MFA, MA)

The issue of whether or not writers should get an MFA is one fraught with controversy — and I won’t tackle that here. But if you’re interested in getting a graduate degree in creative writing — without leaving the beach, the palm trees, the great weather, and diverse population of… read more

11 reasons to attend the Tin House Winter Workshops

11 reasons to attend the Tin House Winter Workshops

Thinking about a writer’s getaway this winter? Read on to see if the Tin House Winter Workshops — which I attended early this year — might be a good fit for you. 1. You need a vacation. A weekend away spent on a gorgeous beach sounded like a dream to… read more

5 important resources for women writers

5 important resources for women writers

Every year we see articles bemoaning the dearth of women writers — on award lists, bestseller lists, magazine bylines, and more. But feminist lit groups are working to change that! Here are five moving things forward to get involved with: Bindercon. Described as “the conference and community for women and… read more

5 must-read self-help books for writers that aren't about writing

5 must-read self-help books for writers that aren’t about writing

There are hundreds of books out there about improving your writing — but if you’re like me, the challenge comes a little before that, in getting yourself to write in the first place. It is strange: Why do I so often resist doing that which I say I really want… read more

5 things to look for in a writing residency

5 things to look for in a writing residency

Life getting in the way of your writing? If you’ve been thinking, “My book would be finished already, if I could just get away somewhere quiet and write for a few weeks — away from work, responsibilities, everyone I’ve ever met, sushi restaurants, Pokemon Go….” — then it might be… read more

7 Steps I took to find my literary agent

7 Steps I took to find my literary agent

It’s gotten a bit better now, but I used to be a really terrible procrastinator. I did everything I didn’t need to do while procrastinating on the one thing I purportedly really, really wanted to do: write. Then I complained about how I had no time to write. Best way… read more