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49 Writers Guest Posts

Who’s Afraid of Revising Work?

November 10, 2016 | Published on 49 Writers 

A number of years ago in a fiction writing workshop, a student turned in the early chapters of a novel she’d been working on for some time. The writing was so good that when the class ended I asked her if I could see more of it. After reading it, I ventured an opinion that …

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Chiappone: The Accidental Writing Retreat

January 19, 2011 | Published on 49 Writers 

My friend Nancy Lord has long considered herself the Queen of All Writing Retreats, and for good reason. Although I don’t have the actual number right here in front of me, I believe that Nancy has enjoyed the hospitality of various writers’ colonies, enclaves and hideaways in all fifty states, a few American protectorates, several …

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Needs a Little Work

July 29, 2010 | Published on 49 Writers 

Last week, in my blog titled “Will You Read My Manuscript For Me?” I encouraged writers to both give advice freely and to receive it with an open mind. It seemed like a generous and well-intended thing to write about. Today, one week after posting that I got an e-mail from a national magazine informing …

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Gerunds from Hell

July 14, 2010 | Published on 49 Writers 

Recently, at the Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference, when the facilitator of a panel I was sitting on, my friend Nancy Lord, introduced me to the audience, she added (only half joking), “Rich is a bit of a contrarian.” Of course, I responded, “Am not!”

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Bad Beat Stories

July 8, 2010 | Published on 49 Writers 

I feel like a lucky guy, I really do. As a writer, I have little ambition to do anything beyond writing as well as I possibly can each time I sit down at the keyboard, and yet, somehow, rather miraculously, I now have two hardbound books to my name. Neither of them were my idea: …

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Will You Read My Manuscript?

July 22, 2010 | Published on 49 Writers 

OK, I am not making this up: one minute ago, today July 16, at about 10:15 AM, I climbed into my comfortable writing chair, here in my dorm room at UAA intending to write this week’s blog on the subject of giving advice to newer writers who ask me to read there work. I had …

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You want to do what?

June 17, 2010 | Published on 49 Writers 

Man, I have to say I was really startled by Andromeda’s announcement that she is about to enter the Low Residency MFA program at Antioch. Andromeda Romano Lax is everything that most of the writing students I’ve taught say they are striving to become: a skilled, published and respected writer; a serious writer who got …

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