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The Hero’s Brother Audiobook Launch!

Another writer of ours has published his first book. In an absolute first for us, this book has already been transformed into a downloadable audiobook. In The Hero’s Brother, M. Scott Anderson presents a rollicking adventure with a very literary bent. It’s a fantasy...

Seattle7Writers Reading at Elliott Bay Books

The capstone to the residency I just completed with Seattle7Writers was a night of public reading. The charismatic and wonderful Jennie Shortridge hosted the event at Elliott Bay Books. There I joined past residents Janet Buttenwieser and Sierra Nelson to read...

Building Community with the Editors Guild

This brief post is to announce that I've taken on the volunteer position of Vice President of Member Services with the Northwest Editors Guild. The Northwest Editors Guild promotes the craft of editing and helps organize and educate member editors through meetings and...

Joshua Arsenaux’s YA novella The Devil’s Last Breath

  I first spoke with Joshua Arsenaux in Café Solstice at the end of last year. We met again at Slate Coffee for another conversation recently. This time Joshua handed me a book with his name on the cover. Between the end of last year and the end of this, Joshua wrote,...

The Fiction Editor: Sensibility, Craft, Art

Thomas McCormack’s The Fiction Editor, the Novel, and the Novelist (Paul Dry, 1988) is a standard guide for editors of novels. Similar (and better) works now offer a more schematic approach. I'll review the related Self-Editing for the Fiction Writer (William Morrow...

Seattle7Writers Residency!

Happy news for the writer in me: on Monday I began a writing residency with Seattle7Writers! This means that I have my own office in Ballard for the next four months. I will use the space to focus on a short story I've been developing. This story is set in Boulevard...

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