Cheryl Werber, writer & advocate

Cheryl Werber helps girl-identified teen writers connect through the written word with free, weekly Girls Write Pittsburgh workshops. Their organizational team is trained in youth mental health first aid and support, and they encourage the writers to take up space, write and read, and grow! Cheryl has a Master's Degree in non-profit organizational leadership, is … Continue reading Cheryl Werber, writer & advocate

June’s Story Prompts

HOW is it already June? Have you written as many stories as you thought you would? Are you feeling stuck from mowing lawns and playing taxi to the little ones? Here are some cool story ideas to get you started - 1.¬†Black, Hot Ice Planets "...a new phase of water with bizarre properties. Unlike the … Continue reading June’s Story Prompts

Cait Gordon, author & advocate

Cait Gordon's first book, Life in the 'Cosm, was meant as a way to survive chronic illness, but ended up a surprise hit. She's about to release a second edition, and a prequel, with Renaissance Press! With co-editor Talia C. Johnson and Nathan Fr√©chette from Renaissance, she recently built a Kickstarter for Nothing Without Us … Continue reading Cait Gordon, author & advocate

Language as Lesson

In this Book & Book, two classics with an ambassador to a new world, whether by choice or force, demonstrate the lessons of language and their bearing on interpersonal power dynamics. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin sees an ambassador on the faraway planet of Winter where he must navigate shifgrethor … Continue reading Language as Lesson

Justin Bloch, author

Justin Bloch's debut novel, The Stolen Karma of Nathaniel Valentine, is a powerhouse of plot twists and personal journeys. The settings are rich and varied, and the characters are all masterfully round and motivated. I caught up with Justin while he was hard at work on the sequel to ask him a few questions. PersephoneKnits: … Continue reading Justin Bloch, author

3 Story Prompts for May

Ooh, spring has sprung. That makes butt-in-chair time harder to do. I want to jump up and go outside. Or sit outside writing, which really means not writing, but watching leaves unfurl and flowers bloom. A few story prompts might help us all. Orgone (pronounced like, was he here or was he gone? Or gone.) … Continue reading 3 Story Prompts for May

4 Story Prompts for March

Need writing ideas for March? How about...   https://www.apnews.com/76e7c9eb60f14db98c855ef680d43adb Wyoming District Will Open 1- Student School Next Fall There are several ideas that jumped to my mind for this one. You could write a story from the child's POV or the teacher's. And since there are two schools with one student a few miles apart, … Continue reading 4 Story Prompts for March

5 Freaky Finds for February

Dang, it's cold. Let's warm up with some weird story prompts for the month. Atlas Obscura has a compilation of creepy folktales in case you need to get your blood pumping. I am not responsible for any weird dreams, but feel free to drop a comment if you end up being inspired to write a … Continue reading 5 Freaky Finds for February

How Alix E. Harrow Makes Me Cry

This is a story analysis post shared from my Patreon. It's the 27th short story this year in which I've taken apart the casing to watch the engine move. If you like that sort of thing, please consider pledging. Do Not Look Back, My Lion is in Beneath Ceaseless Skies Issue #270, a fabulous magazine … Continue reading How Alix E. Harrow Makes Me Cry

Annihilation & Rosewater

Ever read a book and think, wow...this is super a lot like something else I've read, but also super different and they might be cousins or maybe it's more like the Fibonacci sequence in a sunflower and a seashell meeting in a constellation. Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer This was my second time reading the book. … Continue reading Annihilation & Rosewater