Linda Bengston

Guest blog: Poetry Resources for Curious, Creative Word-Lovers

April 4, 2017

 Before she could even read, Susan Julien Larimore was scribbling on scrap paper and pretending to write. In second grade, she wrote prayers. In fifth grade, she wrote and directed a play for her class. During junior high and high school, she filled journals with poetry and dreams. Then, making magic with words was her Read More

Guest blog: Unleash the Artist Within

April 4, 2017

Gloria Klinger is a former high school librarian and current book-lover. She loves writing and reading poetry and has won several prizes for her poetry in the annual Muskegon Museum of Art Ekphrastic Poetry Contest. Her work has been published in Encore: Prize Poems 2016 by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies and in Read More

Guest blog: Six Steps for Building and Sustaining a Poetry-Writing Community

March 30, 2017

Melanie Faith is a professor for Southern New Hampshire University where she teaches English 540, a graduate course in contemporary writers and publishing. She is a freelance writing consultant and a tutor at a private high school. Melanie’s writing has been nominated for three Pushcart prizes. Her poetry collection, This Passing Fever, set in 1918’s Read More

Writing for pay? Think tax deductions

March 23, 2017

If you’re an indie or freelance writer, you probably don’t spring for many three-martini lunches, so that tab as a business expense likely never crosses your mind. Such lunches aside, however, you may have other writing expenses that are tax-deductible. Before you think about tax deductions, however, you need to make sure you have two Read More

Have a Nike® moment. Write.

February 6, 2017

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out all the wrong words. Mark Twain I hate writing. I love having written. Dorothy Parker Just do it. Nike® Writing comes with built-in demotivators. People who don’t write generally don’t see it as work. Writing is likely one more thing you have to squeeze Read More