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2022 Alaska Book Tour by Ken Waldman

If you’re reading this and have published books, you know the challenges of planning even a single book release event. Coordinating a tour is exponentially tougher. From the end of April through the first week of June, I appeared in Skagway, Haines, Juneau, Talkeetna, Anchorage, Fairbanks, Homer, Soldotna, Talkeetna (again), Denali Park, and Anchorage (again). …

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The Coordination of 100 Muscles: On Reclaiming Speech as a Stutterer by John Whittier Treat

Everyone stutters occasionally, but only a few of us are stutterers. And those of us who are stutterers don’t always stutter, just as the rest of you don’t always speak perfectly. We all stammer confessing love, but never do if crying out in pain. The well-meaning compliment, “But you’re not stuttering now,” is as hurtful …

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The Missing Piece: From Near Failure, Great Stories Emerge by Andromeda Romano-Lax

The authors I admire the most take the biggest risks. They aren’t fearless. They experience fear and they head into the unknown anyway, feeling their way in the dark. When Michael Cunningham began writing The Hours, which started out as a contemporary retelling of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, he knew all the ways it could …

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The Trail to Words. #4 A Dyslexic Hunter Wandering in the Words by Seth Kantner

Geese have always held a special place in my heart. My first story in my first Creative Writing class was about wounding a swan while hunting geese on the spring ice. At that time, I understood nothing of subtlety, or symbolism. I especially despised symbolism. I liked to be told a story, not confused by …

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Endurance and Mindfulness: In Writing as in Sport, Focus on the Small Steps by Andromeda Romano-Lax

Photo Caption: One of the hardest parts of the 70.3 triathlon: transitioning into the half-marathon, following the bike, with over two hours to go and legs made of lead. The trick: stay in the moment, even if the moment hurts. Last week I competed in my first 70.3 Ironman, an eight-hour triathlon. I was one …

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