March 18, 2021

Thanks to everyone who came to read at our open mic on Tuesday evening, including Ifraah from England and Tadeusz from Brazil. I love Zoom for its ability to bring together people around the world. It’s definitely here to stay, for better or worse. So you may as well learn how to look and sound…

March 15, 2021

Here’s a (very) short piece of creative nonfiction about my teddy bear that was published this morning by Storied Stuff. If you’re inclined to submit a story of 250 words about an object that has meaning for you, this is the place for you. Although Meesh, is not an object, of course – he’s a…

March 13, 2021

Scribes*MICRO*Fiction was kind enough to publish my 100-word short story in their February edition, along with an interview with yours truly (which was longer than the story). It’s very quick read, as you can imagine.

March 12, 2021

My father was stranded in England after World War II. So he wasn’t an immigrant, exactly – he hadn’t made a plan to leave Poland for better things. I suppose, technically, he was a refugee. What he had done, before the world went to war, was to leave his homeland in 1938 to work in…

March 11, 2021

It was my husband, Jay. He kept asking me why I didn’t use my proper name when I was writing. According to the US Passport office and Social Security, my name is Gabi Coatsworth Wilson. And he was never thrilled about the Coatsworth part. That’s because Coatsworth was the name of my first husband. Here’s the thing. When I

March 10, 2021

Internationally published poet and short fiction writer Edward Ahern has an output I have long given up trying to emulate. When he arrives at the Writers Rendezvous and I ask him what he’s done in the previous month, I know he’ll have not only written but submitted (and had accepted) a huge number of pieces….

February 26, 2021

Local author Bette Bono is writing the second in a series of novels about a group of unusual seniors with special powers that enable them to travel back in time to solve historical mysteries. I loved the first one, The Better Angels, which was published by All Things That Matter Press in 2019. I asked her where she did her writing, and what she needs to enable her to write. Here’s what she said:

I wrote my debut novel, The Better Angels, from the kitchen table. I had the house to myself during the day, so I could craft my time travel-history-adventure-mystery with few interruptions and easy access to coffee.

February 22, 2021

I hope you found part one of this update useful. Here’s part two, with more places to submit, and contests to enter. First, though, member Libby Waterford is teaching a couple of useful virtual classes in April. The first is Writing Dynamic Fiction which will cover the following aspects of craft: dialogue, active voice, backstory,…