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The month ahead: May 2022

All the writerly dates & deadlines to note this month … Read More “The month ahead: May 2022”

Spring Book Preview 2022

It’s a big season for new fiction.

Freshen up: A spring cleaning guide for writers

Spring is a season of growth, change, and possibility. What better time to refresh your creative process … Read More “Freshen up: A spring cleaning guide for writers”

Literary Spotlight: Mystery Magazine

A mailman tasked with delivering a potentially life-saving secret formula to a Des Moines epidemiologist finds his life threatened by people determined to steal … Read More “Literary Spotlight: Mystery Magazine”

Three new books for writers out this spring

The season’s highlights include a meditation on American poetry, a three-part plan for aspiring novelists, and an all-star anthology about solitude … Read More “Three new books for writers out this spring”

2021 Essay Contest Winner: “A brand-new ending”

Sexy. Whenever I think of Perry and how it was, I think sexy. The thought makes me smile. A buoyant inner smile, almost smug. Falling … Read More “2021 Essay Contest Winner: “A brand-new ending””

Writing Prompts

April writing prompt

  Spring is one of the most magical times of the year, as the earth comes back to life after a long winter’s nap … Read More “April writing prompt: Spring is in the air”

Alphabet haiku

Choose a letter of the alphabet (or use a random letter generator) and write a haiku using only words that start with that letter. &nbsp … Read More “April writing prompt: Alphabet haikus”

April National Poetry month writing prompt

Pull out your favorite poetry volume and turn to a random page. Analyze the work before you, reading line by line for details, structure and … Read More “April writing prompt: New again”

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