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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Why we love guest bloggers

It is amazing to me to get to hear the stories of writers who are parents from far-flung places. I am so grateful to our members who have volunteered to add their voices to this blog! These last two weeks, thinking about how the daily routine of guest blogger and Pen Parentis member Geoff Kirsch up […]

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10 Tips for Writing by Geoff Kirsch (part 1)

While we are on Hurricane Hiatus, Geoff Kirsch from Juneau Alaska, will be guest blogging. See last week’s post for his bio.   10 Tips for Writing One of my favorite (and most hated) qualities of pre-school aged children is their penchant for bluntness. Over the past year, my daughter and her little parliament of classmates have […]

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