Monthly Archives: May 2010

The Winter House–A Short Story Film

I have been reading information online about digital storytelling and ran across the animated film, The Winter House.  Digital storytelling allows people to create their own stories through the use of computer images, text, video, audio, and music.  The stories are … Continue reading

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Writing a Short Story

When writing a short story, the writer’s goal is to use elements of a short story to draw the reader into the story and leave a lasting impression.  A short story is what its name implies; it is short.  Short … Continue reading

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The Nicest Rejection Letter–Have You Received One?

I received the nicest rejection letter from the editor of a literary magazine, Umbrella Factory Magazine, informing me that my fiction piece would not be accepted for publication.  I must say receiving this kind of rejection letter was a welcomed … Continue reading

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How to Cite Direct Quotes in MLA Format

Direct Quotes A safe way to avoid plagiarism in essays, especially for anyone not familiar with MLA (Modern Language Association) format, is to cite material from outside sources in the form of direct quotes.  The information below will aid you in setting up … Continue reading

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Submitting to Literary Magazines

New and emerging writers interested in having their works published should consider submitting to literary magazines as an invaluable part of their writing goals.  Writers need to understand the importance of submitting their poetry, fiction, and short stories to literary … Continue reading

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Zelda Lockhart–Writing Workshop

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop Saturday with a wonderful woman, author, and speaker, Zelda Lockhart.  She is the author of Cold Running Creek and Fifth Born and the 2010 Piedmont Laureate.  She also has a new novel … Continue reading

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Suzy Barile Book Reading

It is always a treat to meet an author in person, especially one with which you have had only email contact for approximately five months.  I discovered Suzy Barile’s book Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle and … Continue reading

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