Monthly Archives: April 2011

Writing Challenge #2: Know Your Setting

Today’s challenge is inspired by Lara Johnson’s recent post about settings, and where my own novel is taking me–straight into the underbelly of 19th century New York. And by underbelly I mean a notorious neighborhood rife with prostitution, murders and … Continue reading

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Author Lauren Kessler on the Writer’s Life, Narrative Nonfiction

I didn’t mean to start taking notes at the April 8 HomeWord Bound event, but as Lauren Kessler, one of the featured authors, started talking about the writing life, I couldn’t help myself. My notebook slid out of my purse, … Continue reading

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Great Local Writers, Great Cause

Last night I had the pleasure of attending HomeWord Bound, the annual Community Partners for Affordable Housing benefit, at the Tualatin Country Club. HomeWord Bound invites Oregon writers to join community members and housing advocates for a memorable fund-raising gala. Along … Continue reading

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Writing Challenge #1

I built my first two novels around in-depth character explorations, often sparked by a prompt from a fellow writer or from A WRITER’S BOOK OF DAYS, the wonderful guide by Judy Reeves. If the suggestion was “Write about the dark,” I’d ramble for … Continue reading

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Knowing Your Novel’s Ending

I’m taking a two-part novel structure class with my amazing mentors, writers Stevan Allred and Joanna Rose. This week’s homework is to make a map of our stories. If you’re a novelist, have you illustrated your protagonist’s journey? How did … Continue reading

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