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Writer’s Mail
Tuesdays with Story
June 15, 2016

 

The first word . . .

“I like thinking when I write. I just like having a headache, I guess.” – Sierra Jones, a reporter for the student newspaper at Janesville’s Franklin Middle School, in a story headlined Read (and write) all about it, Janesville (WI) Gazette, June 8, 2016

 

Who’s up next . . .

June 21: Mike Austin (chapter 4, Before I Leave), Millie Mader (poem), Hannah Marshall (poems), Amit Trivedi (chapter, novel), Judith McNeil (short story, part 2, “Just Visiting”), Nora O’Reilly (chapter 2, Bill McCormick’s Bliss), and Jerry Peterson (short story, “Take My Hand”).

June 28:

July 5: Pat Edwards (???), Randy Slagel (part 2, “Watered-Down Witch”), Amber Boudreau (chapter 3, The Dragoneer), Kashmira Sheth (YA novel, chapters, Journey to Swaraj), John Schneller (chapter 2, Final Stronghold), and Bob Kralapp (short story, part 2, “Wings”).

 

It happened Tuesday evening, last week . . .

Fourteen first-and-third writers gathered around the tables at B&N Westside. Here’s who was up and the critiques their work received: (more…)

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Writer’s Mail
February 16, 2010 by Pat E.

“First, try to be something, anything, else. A movie star/astronaut. A movie star/ missionary. A movie star/kindergarten teacher. President of the World. Fail miserably. It is best if you fail at an early age – say, 14. Early, critical disillusionment is necessary so that at 15 you can write long haiku sequences about thwarted desire.” – Lorrie Moore

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Scholarship to Writers Conference

The Swivet is maintained by Colleen Lindsay, publishing consultant, professional nerd and a literary agent at FinePrint Literary Management. Win a scholarship to the Backspace Writers Conference & Agent-Author Seminar in NYC! http://theswivet.blogspot.com/

This same blogs yields a very funny YouTube video Cathy found for us.  It takes the point-of-view of the agent, but I feel like this often during critiques…. http://theswivet.blogspot.com/search/label/hilarity%20ensues

Tuesday at the Barnes & Noble

Clayton – Chapter 10 – Challenges for this chapter included introducing more details about Miker’s Grandmother and the Hotel. Jerry thinks Grandma should run the car off the road. Pat wonders, ‘Where’s the fish?’ Jerry wonders where the challenge is for Miker – he’s the lead. Alicia didn’t buy the scene with the cop. Give the cop something to react too. Why didn’t he use the taser first? That wasn’t clear to Kane. Pat wanted to know why the cop was there in the first place. Amber didn’t think Miker would be singing a nursery rhyme in the shower. Jerry thinks Miker would be in and out of the shower in a hurry, and maybe go exploring after. Are the parents out there somewhere? Millie took it that they were deceased. Jerry suggested the seed of the parents be planted early. Judith thought the cop could have some kind of a flashback. Kane wants to know what could happen if Rick gets tasered? (more…)

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