Category: Writing vs. Living

Timeout for Teachers

Dear Teacher, By this point, you’ve survived the flu, the stomach bug, and emotional outbursts from that one student in your classroom who never, ever misbehaves at home. “No problem,” you tell your principal as you wonder if the bottle…

Yes, Real Writers Have Day Jobs

The dreaded question, “How’s your book selling?” invariably sends me into a spiral of self-doubt. But I’m not the only writer who doesn’t make much, if any money, from her books.  According to a recent New York Times article “Writing…

My 5-day solo writing retreat

I had worked it all out: I was going on a five-day solo writing retreat at a friend’s house in Vermont. Just the time and space I needed to do a deep dive into a final revision of my novel….

Gateway Writers Rule!

In early December I was fortunate enough to spend some time as a visiting writer with members of the Gateway Arts writing group. Gateway Arts, located in Brookline, Massachusetts, is “dedicated to providing individualized, arts-based services to adults with disabilities,…