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Alumnus News: Luci Dreamer Announces Release of Book

Join the Writing Academy blog in congratulating student Luci Dreamer on the release of her latest book, The Burden of Happiness! Sarah Leeds is haunted by horrible events in her past that have left her frozen in time when it comes to connecting with other people. She would rather go through life with minimal interaction than… Continue reading Alumnus News: Luci Dreamer Announces Release of Book

Guest Blog

Inside the Writing Academy: Meet Anna Burke

My first book, Compass Rose, was the product of the WA. The program gave me the courage, tools, and support I needed to take the manuscript from the mess on my hard drive to something publishable, and perhaps even more valuably, introduced me to a warm and vibrant community of writers and readers. So, when… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: Meet Anna Burke

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Inside the Writing Academy: with Finnian Burnett

This week in the WA, we’re talking to Anna Burke about exploding genres and subverting tropes. While tropes can be handy, and who doesn’t love a good friends-to-lovers romance, sometimes a writer needs to step out of the norm and explore their boundaries. Margaret Atwood does this beautifully in her collection “Stone Mattress", a book… Continue reading Inside the Writing Academy: with Finnian Burnett

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Looks Like We Made It, After All…

Good bye, 2020! Join the Writing Academy in saying farewell to 2020 as some of our former and current instructors and students chime in on their hopes and dreams for 2021: https://youtu.be/x2KClLwsUOg

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A Very Happy Holiday Reading List

The holidays are no longer right around the corner. They're here! And with them, comes a special edition of the Writing Academy blog: A Very Happy Holiday Reading List! No matter how you choose to celebrate the season, snuggling up with a reaffirming book is a surefire way to brighten your spirits & bring cheer… Continue reading A Very Happy Holiday Reading List

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The Art of Showing

This week, the Writing Academy welcomed author, and return instructor, Karelia Stetz-Waters for a class on the art of showing, not telling. When you lay a big information dump on your reader, chances are you're telling. When you put an emphasis on showing action in order to convey the emotions you want your reader to… Continue reading The Art of Showing

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Writing Realistic Dialogue

What the heck is realistic dialogue, and why should you care? This week, Finn Burnett dropped in to answer both questions (and a whole lot more). The purpose of dialogue is to convey information, show relationships, reveal character, and advance your story. Sound easy? Think again. Take, for instance the following dialogue: “I can’t do… Continue reading Writing Realistic Dialogue