By Tammy Trail
This past summer I went back to the state of my birth to visit family and friends. I attended a reunion with my mother and a group of her grade school friends. 671 more words
My capacity for self-censorship knows no limits. Every time I think of something I could potentially write here, I am immediately paralysed by the notion that it might upset someone, or it might not cover all the possible angles of the subject in question, or it might break a confidence, or it might be misinterpreted, and so on. 303 more words
Last week I wrote about many of the fantastic authors and friends I met or reconnected with at this year’s annual ACFW Conference. That part of the conference is truly a blessing, but I failed to capture the true essence of the gathering. 720 more words
The pros and cons of an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in creative writing are widely debated: on one hand, such programs offer students the opportunity to work with accomplished authors, whose expertise (and endorsements) could make all the difference in publishing their first book. 178 more words
Everyone should read this! I've learned from attending conferences that agents and editors read differently from writing-group colleagues. Until you're critiqued by an actual agent, you can't know what works for them in your opening pages. You won't get that feedback from cold querying, but conferences provide opportunities to learn firsthand how what you've written is received. DeFreitas provides a link as well to a good series on first novel pages. Dig in!