Writing Tips, Technique, & Craft

Agent Query Etiquette

Posted on Wed, Jul 25 2018 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

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While this isn’t the search for a future mate (thank goodness)—the same amount of time, patience, and knowledge of any potential deal-breaker requirements is essential. In the best-case scenario, you’ll be working with that agent for a long time.

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Ask Esther: Incorporating Feedback While Staying True to a Vision

Posted on Thu, Jul 5 2018 9:00 am by Esther Porter

Image Text: Ask Esther, Advice for the everyday writer


Even when feedback seems misguided, it still has the potential to help you solidify your vision. Regardless of whether you implement it, a seemingly irrelevant piece of advice can force you to articulate why you’ve written something the way you did.

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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Creative Process

Posted on Tue, Jun 19 2018 9:00 am by Dawn Frederick

Image text: Publish.Me Publishing & Career Tips with Dawn Frederick


The creative process generally feels like a rollercoaster. There are moments of intensity, from the highs to the lows, partnered with a wide range of emotions from fear and anxiety to a sense of calm, to excitement. This is a journey that shouldn’t be taken lightly, of which only many years of practice will prepare a person for the mental game of publishing—for both the author and publishing professionals.

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Happy Hour Classes

Posted on Tue, Mar 7 2017 9:00 am by Sara Krassin

Grab a drink and crack open your notebook, it’s happy hour at the Loft! Our new Happy Hour Classes take place on Friday afternoons with a concurrent happy hour at the cafe downstairs from 3-6 p.m. Students can purchase a half-price beverage and bring it to the classroom. Start your Friday nights off right by mixing, mingling, and learning at the Loft!

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Reading Like a Writer: "Hungry" and the Tweaking of a Known Image

Posted on Fri, Feb 19 2016 9:00 am by Allison Wyss

How Elizabeth McCracken's short story, "Hungry" uses descriptions that hold power because they play off an old cliché—but tweaks that cliché to surprise and gain intimacy with the reader.


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Creating the Character Called "I"

Posted on Tue, Jan 26 2016 11:30 am by Rachel Gabriel

Memoir is self-portraiture. But what does the reader need to know about the memoirist in order to be captured by the story? How does a memoir writer decide which life details can be left out of one story, but are absolutely critical to the next? Successfully creating a character of the self is crucial to the memoir. Consider these tips and questions as you develop your "I" character.

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Reading Like a Writer: Intimacy and Dissonance in Dialogue

Posted on Mon, Jan 25 2016 1:00 pm by Allison Wyss

Bette Adriaanse's Rus Like Everyone Else is a startling novel about a set of lonely neighbors whose lives intersect in peculiar ways. Near the end of the novel, two characters come together. Grasping at intimacy, they flounder and then find a path that's specific to them. See how the author avoids mushiness and structures the intimate dialogue perfectly....


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Resolutions Beyond the New Year

Posted on Wed, Jan 20 2016 10:00 am by Dawn Frederick

Tired of resolutions and lists yet? I’ve always been a non-resolution person. Instead I offer ways you can develop a list of simple and easily achievable writing goals. Take however much time it suits you to accomplish them. Weeks, months, years....

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The Barfly Test: Is Your Travel Story Interesting Enough to Publish?

Posted on Fri, Jan 15 2016 3:30 pm by Harry Leeds

I always come back from a trip with stories to tell and an impulse to share them. These days, what I did and where I went is easy enough to determine from my Facebook page. Between these curated snapshots there is always a more interesting tale to tell, and most of the time this story is more difficult to articulate than flashing a few selfies. So how can I, or anyone, make these memories worth hearing?

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Image Notebook

Posted on Thu, Dec 10 2015 9:00 am by Tierney Chlan

When I was younger, I had a diary. It was pretty, pink and pale purple with a pair of ballet shoes on the cover. It sparkled. It had a lock to keep it secret. It was everything a little girl could wish for in a diary, and I loved it.

I did not, however, write in it that often.

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