Author Archives: Mark Guerin

About Mark Guerin

Mark Guerin is a 2014 graduate of Grub Street's Novel Incubator program. An award-winning poet in college, he shifted to playwriting in the 80's, developing plays at the Chicago Dramatists Workshop (a Grub Street for playwrights), being awarded an Illinois Arts Council Grant and collecting an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Brandeis University. After 25 years focusing on fatherhood, business writing, graphic design and multimedia development, he returns to creative writing full-time as a novelist. He is currently seeking representation for his novel, You Can See More From Up Here, set in the 1970's in northern Illinois where he grew up. Mark lives in Harpswell, ME, with his wife, Carol, and two Brittany Spaniels. To reach Mark Guerin, email him at guerin.mark@gmail.com.

Standing Room Only

Before Tuesday’s election results, I was thinking about how five million Chicago-area fans celebrating the Cubs’ World Series victory boded well for the future of this country. I started this piece after witnessing the Cubs’ historic win, and it made me…

Review: Scrivener for iOS

After keeping its Mac users in suspense for years, Literature & Latte has finally released Scrivener for iOS. Now, when you take that research trip to Death Valley, you can bring your novel with you on your iPhone or iPad…

How Nothing Helped My Writing

I have difficulty sitting, a condition I treat with an ever-present pillow and an unusual form of therapy — one I find instructive as a writer. I practice doing nothing. I was turned onto this ‘nothing’ therapy by Dr. David…

Useful Metaphors

‘Kill your darlings,’ the writing teacher’s commandment for which this site is named, is a most useful and robust metaphor. It doesn’t just tell writers to mistrust themselves when they become especially enamored of a bit of their writing, but…