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….

September 18, 2019

So happy to see twenty or so members at today’s Rendezvous. I love the way people stay on after, to ask questions, introduce themselves and generally have a good time. Partly because of the local super-event, the Saugatuck StoryFest, which is happening soon, I’ve split this update into two. Here’s Part 1. The Pequot Library…

July 8, 2012

There’s a new short fiction app called Wattpad and the website that invented it has 9 million followers. Surprised? I was, because I’d never heard of it. So I signed up to take a look. Readers describe themselves as an eBook community, but the interesting thing is that many of them are writers too. You…

February 6, 2012

In an age when a Twitter size concentration span is becoming the norm, publishers are looking for ways to reach new readers by offering them shorter works to read. The British book market is buzzing with new short titles from the major publishers. Penguin, for example, has just launched Penguin Shorts – a collection of …