How to Make Money as a Writer (and feed your kids).

I’m reluctant to post this, because it is about making money. It is not about art. It will not feed your soul. (It might feed your family, however.) But here goes: As the parent of two kids, I’m always worried about college and other extremely high-cost future ticket items (not to mention the expensive current […]

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Ghost writing, blogging, and writing a novel in a year

As writers who have to support little hungry mouths, we are (well, like everyone else) always searching for a way to make money. So what about ghost-writing? Articles like this one from the BBC, make it sound so easy – write two or three books a year, put your kids through private schools. Live in a […]

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How to balance a creative career and an active family life

I was asked to guest-blog on Kidville’s blog on the topic of balancing a creative career and parenting responsibilites, and I share with you the post. One day, perhaps we will also be fancy here with images and so forth. But for now: stay creative. Balance your life. Please comment on their blog in response […]

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Crossword Poetry – guest blog by Brooklyn poet, Peter Valentine

Not every writer who is a Pen Parentis Author has four novels and an NEA grant. A lot of us are writers with day-jobs to support a family, who simply can’t live without our creative outlet. Here’s a guest-blog from a terrific poet, Peter Valentine, whose daily crossword-poetry is a wonderful example of threading a […]

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Dystopian Future of Publishing

I’m reeling. I was at a cell phone service store today, chatting with the staff while waiting to deal with a billing question and my guy noticed my email address. “Are you a writer? Carlos is a writer,” says my guy, “Well, not exactly a writer. A publisher.” “Carlos” (name changed, obviously) is a heavyset, laughing, youthful […]

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Free money costs time

It’s grant season! The NEA’s amazing fiction grant is available every other year – and this is the year for fiction (next year is poetry, etc.) — hard to keep track of because the grant is actually a 2014 grant but the application is due by February 28th, 2013. And if you think you’re going […]

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and now, a word from our Fellow…

Sarah Gerkensmeyer, you will recall, knocked our socks off with her story “Monster Drinks Chocolate Milk” when she accepted her $1000 Fellowship. She has not disappointed us in her year of living writerishly (is that a word?) – she is currently at the Vermont Studio Center at a writing residency (yes, she has small children!) […]

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