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To celebrate Valentine’s Day, we’re sending you some books we love! These are books that have inspired us as writers and helped us to reimagine our writing processes as well as shape our writing lives. May you too be inspired.   Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert. It just came at the right […]

compiled by Anne-Marie Strohman Memorial Day was originally meant to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War. The day was first widely observed in 1868. While some people today honor all those who have served in the military, it is primarily a remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in all American wars. On […]

Valentine’s Day can be more than romance. It can be a celebration of all sorts of different love relationships–family, friendships, even pets. Here are some of our favorite unexpected love stories.   Unconventional Romance In this reimagining of the Cinderella story, Char, the Rat Prince, shows his devotion to Rose (Cinderella). But at it’s core, […]

The turn of the new year is a time to look forward (resolutions, anyone?) and to look back. We’ve perused our reading lists from the past year and picked out our favorite reads of the year–some published in 2017, some we encountered or re-read this past year. If you’re one for resolutions, you can use […]

Not enough time to read about craft? You can listen about craft! A few of our members are avid podcast listeners and have a number of writing podcasts they listen to. Others of us are interested to find great listening material that will help us grow as writers. So we’ve compiled a list of great […]

We wish you a Halloween haunted by your favorite books. And in case you want to find some new creepy favorites, we’ve gathered some of ours here. Read to the end to find our most recommended creepy book.  Prepare to be spooked! And the number one most recommended creepy book: What are your favorite creepy […]

In January, our group gathered to share our favorite craft books. People spoke about what they took away from the book and when in the writing process the book would be most helpful. Each person also chose an “Island Book”–if you could have one craft book on a desert island, which would it be? (You […]

As you’re prepping your new year’s resolutions, how about this one: read more Middle Grade fiction. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite reads this year. Some were published in 2016, some we see as classics we could read over and over. So hop on over to your local bookstore and […]

by Anne-Marie Strohman If you’re anything like me, you’ve got a stack of books on your nightstand. Mine range from middle grade (A Monster Calls) to craft books (The Plot Whisperer) to literary fiction (To the Bright Edge of the World), with the occasional non-fiction thrown in (Between You and Me: Confessions of a Comma […]