A Conversation with Zoe Quinton on Developmental Editing

A Conversation with Zoe Quinton on Developmental Editing

I’ve invited Zoe Quinton to join me for this month’s post. She’s not just the brilliant daughter of New York Times bestselling author Laurie R. King, she’s also Laurie’s agent and publicist. In her “spare time,” Zoe is an editor and a consultant on the publishing...
Narrative as Weapon, Narrative as Poison, and “Getting it Right”—Chernobyl

Narrative as Weapon, Narrative as Poison, and “Getting it Right”—Chernobyl

Chernobyl by Dmytro SyvviThis is one of those posts that begins by telling you what I intended to write, why I decided not to write that, and how it led me to what you’ll read below.I will be in Ireland when this post goes up (meaning I won’t be available for...
What Teaching in Prison is Teaching Me

What Teaching in Prison is Teaching Me

“Prison” by Kim DaramEvery Thursday from 5:30 to 7:00 PM I join author Kent Zimmerman in teaching a class on writing at the California Men’s Facility (CMF) in Vacaville, California.We cover fiction, memoir, poetry, even screenplays—whatever the men submit. Most of the...
A Conversation with Rachel Howzell Hall

A Conversation with Rachel Howzell Hall

I heard of Rachel Howzell Hall long before we actually met. I had been told by friends about her Elouise “Lou” Norton novels based in South Central Los Angeles, and found them every bit as smart, grounded, and compelling as advertised. Then I read her now famous 2015...