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Find Your Voice and Tell Your Story

Find Your Voice and Tell Your Story

Great news: there are a few spots left for Susan Pohlman's "Find Your Voice" writing retreat in June. Sign up by 1/31/16 and save $100! From Susan's retreat info page: Voice?  What exactly does that mean? Your writer’s voice is the way you project yourself...

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How to Decide Where to Send Your Short Story

How to Decide Where to Send Your Short Story

Getting Short Fiction Published in the Right Places An interview with writer/surfer/mermaid-wannabe Alice Kaltman Meet Alice Kaltman. Alice writes young adult and middle-grade novels while also penning short fiction. Her short stories have been seen in Joyland, The...

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Furry guest editor visits The Backstory Cafe

Furry guest editor visits The Backstory Cafe

This is Hamilton. He belongs to my daughter's roommate. He'll be working with me in my office for the next two weeks.   Hamilton wants to remind you that today is the last Marketing Monday of 2015. Time to get your short stories and essays and poems out the door!...

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A Writing Residency I'll Never Forget

A Writing Residency I'll Never Forget

I've recently returned from my first ever writing residency and let me tell you, I'm hooked. I was awarded a residency by the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony (in Temecula, CA) who hosted me in the adorable little cabin pictured below. I was all by myself with nothing to...

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About Windy

Windy is a prolific writer, a trusted mentor, and a frequent speaker at literary events. Her long list of short stories and personal essays have been published in literary, trade, and women’s magazines across the U.S. and Canada. READ MORE »

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