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A Weekend of Peace, Companionship and Writing at The 2015 Writers Circle Retreat

As the leaves drifted to coat the earth with a crackling carpet of golden brown, twenty writers gathered for The Writers Circle’s second annual weekend retreat in Mendham, NJ. “It … Continue reading

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November 10, 2015 · Leave a comment

Speaker Series Recap: What Is a Brand and Where Can I Get One? with Literary Publicist Claire McKinney

by Mally Becker The idea of promoting my own literary work makes me want to hide under a blanket with a bag of leftover Halloween candy. Or maybe mint Oreos…, … Continue reading

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October 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

A Good Local Bookseller Can Be an Author’s Best Friend: an interview with Margot Sage-El, proprietor of Watchung Booksellers

I met Margot Sage-El, proprietor of Watchung Booksellers in Montclair, when I was brand new to New Jersey, making my rounds in anticipation of the launch of my debut novel, … Continue reading

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September 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

At the Beginning – Again

Walking through fog. With the headlamp on. Low. Paraphrasing a quote from E.L. Doctorow. This is what it’s like to write a novel. I keep telling myself that as I … Continue reading

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June 24, 2015 · 5 Comments

Don’t Underestimate the Kids

Amidst the sense-bombarding chaos at the annual Summit Street Fair, one of the ways The Writers Circle draws attention to our booth is through our Add-a-Line story board. “Want to … Continue reading

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May 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

Tea & Poetry: A Recipe for National Poetry Month

Recipe for a lovely Sunday afternoon. Take: One beautiful space at MONDO-Summit Four poets, all TWC instructors Christina Kapp Donna Baier Stein Sondra Gash Michelle Cameron Fragrant loose-leaf teas served … Continue reading

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April 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Speaker Series RECAP: Publishing Matchmakers: Top Literary Agents Advise on the Road to Publishing

by Allison “A.J.” Colucci One of the biggest hurdles aspiring authors face is landing the right agent. Three of New York’s top literary agents shared their best advice to a … Continue reading

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March 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

Default Words

Every writer has them. The words that crop up, over and over again in their manuscripts, the ones where, when they reach for a phrase, this is what appears. I’ve … Continue reading

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February 3, 2015 · 1 Comment

Stealing Time

On Friday, I finished my revisions. Again. At last. (It had better be!) No, I don’t share this fact for cheers, though I appreciate them, truly. I share it because … Continue reading

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December 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

NaNoWriMo Thoughts

by Heidi Sussman, TWC Adult Student After hearing about it for a while, I decided that 2014 was the year to take the NaNoWriMo challenge. NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) … Continue reading

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December 10, 2014 · Leave a comment
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