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Emily Dickenson — One Of Our Greatest Poets

Emily Elizabeth Dickinson is often referred to as one of the most influential American Poets. She was born in Amherst, Massachusetts, on December 10, 1830 and died in 1886 from what was called Bright’s disease (an ailment of the kidneys now called nephritis). … Continue reading

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Louise Glück – Featured Poet in “Poets and Writers”

Louise Glück is a Pulitzer Prize winning poet that is featured in the October issue of “Poets & Writers.” If you don’t read the magazine, you might want to consider starting — it is full of all that might interest any … Continue reading

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New Column in St. Helena Star: “Wild Goose Chase”

The sun beat down as I heaved a 5-gallon bucket of unpeeled potatoes out to the barn. I was 11 years old and had just started my first job at Taylor’s Refresher. The position had been nearly thrust on me … Continue reading

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How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense

June 11th, 6:30 – 8:30pm  at Hatt Hall in Napa River Inn Composing a Real Nail Biter: How All Good Writing Keeps Us in Suspense Join New York Times best-selling author Lisa Brackmann (Rock Paper Tiger) for a discussion on how … Continue reading

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Writing Workshop In Positano – Sirenland 2014

Writers need and crave feedback. Writing is normally a solitary act — writers sit over their computers or pads of paper agonizing over word use and story content. When we get done with a first draft we normally set it … Continue reading

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Audio Resources For Writers

The best advice I’ve received about writing is simple and to the point: writers write. Writing makes you a writer. Drinking at the bar, or talking about what you are going to write with friends, or hanging around the house … Continue reading

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Submitting to Contests

Writers can spend a lot of time and money submitting their work. Often we submit to contests. Winning any contest can be a positive addition to your resume. Winning a prestigious contests can help catapult your career forward in profound … Continue reading

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On The Feast of Saint Valentine

There is very little to add to a true Valentine’s feast day… maybe, you might show people you love,  love. Tell them that they matter, matters. Ask them for forgiveness, forgive. Here is what I have to give, and give. … Continue reading

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Raymond Carver – My Favorite Writer

People often ask me, “Who is your favorite writer?” And although I love many authors, their question is not hard for me to answer. Of course I like many different writers, such as the ones from my childhood: Tolkien, Hesse, … Continue reading

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Billy Collins – Poet Extraordinaire

Most people know about Billy Collins. If you don’t, he is a poet. He’s been the U.S. Poet Laureate twice and has written over 14 collections of poems. Collins’ work has been described as ‘accessible,’ meaning that many people find his … Continue reading

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