Graphic novels

I love comic books. LOVE. I love cartoons too–but some of them are not for kids. South Park, anyone? Family Guy? Adult Swim? We get it – just because it has drawings in it does not mean it is for children. I happen to also be a big fan of graphic novels intended for adult […]

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Do you need an extension?

As someone who often writes under a deadline, I have been using homework assignments to try to teach my kids the value of pacing oneself. I started college as the kid who finished all her assignments at 4am on the day they were due (I also used to suck on my used tea bags to […]

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Inspiring article – read it and WRITE.

Had to share this inspiring article by Shawn Vestal, sent over by our newest advisory board member, NYC-based literary agent Renee Zuckerbrot.  Shawn’s debut collection, Godforsaken Idaho, was published earlier this month–check out his wonderful essay on The Quivering Pen (link below). Did this ever happen to you? I will admit, I was frantic about […]

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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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What AWP taught me

This is going to be an unusually personal post – I went to AWP (the massive, twelve-thousand writers in a single event space dance-with-your-editor party that the Association of Writers and Writing Professionals puts on annually in various cities). First let me say that it was….amazing.  There were thirty panels for every time slot – […]

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