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Nancy Christie

Nancy Christie recently released two books: Rut-Busting Book for Authors (Mill City Press 2019) and Peripheral Visions and Other Stories (Unsolicited Press 2020). Her first short story collection, Traveling Left of Center and Other Stories, has also been re-released by Unsolicited Press in 2019. Peripheral Visions and Other Stories won second place in the Florida Writers Association 2018 Royal Palm Literary Awards (RPLA) competition and Rut-Busting Book for Authors was a 2019 Best Book Awards winner. Associated website

Saxon Henry

My book The Modern Salonnière is out. It is a collection of essays that combines my passions of traveling, reading, and creative nonfiction. It is available in print and on Kindle. Associated website

Robin Westen

Honorable mention -- 2019 Folio Eddie and Ozzie Awards and Gold Award winner -- 2019 National Mature Media Award. Both for the article "My #MeToo Moment" published in AARP Magazine Associated website

Margie Goldsmith

Margie Goldsmith, winner of 90 writing awards, has just been chosen into the KIRA Summer Artist program of Kingsbrae Garden Residency for the Arts in St. Andrews by the Sea, New Brunswick. The program includes four weeks in a freestanding studio set in among the gardens of Kingsbrae, a stipend, private bedroom and bath in a well-manicured historic property, breakfast and dinner daily and access to the Gardens and public events. Margie Goldsmith was chosen from 223 applicants, and will take her residency the month of August, where she will be working on a new book. Associated website

  • A blank piece of paper is God's way of telling us how hard it is to be God.
    – Sidney Sheldon
  • A critic is a man who knows the way but can't drive the car.
    – Kenneth Tynan
  • A good many young writers make the mistake of enclosing a stamped, self–addressed envelope, big enough for the manuscript to come back in. This is too much of a temptation to the editor.
    – Ring Lardner
  • A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.
    – Marguerite Yourcenar
  • All the words I use in my stories can be found in the dictionary – it's just a matter of arranging them into the right sentences.
    – Somerset Maugham
  • Asking a working writer what he thinks about critics is like asking a lamppost how it feels about dogs.
    – Christopher Hampton
  • Being a writer is like having homework every night for the rest of your life.
    – Lawrence Kasdan
  • Copy from one, it's plagiarism; copy from two, it's research.
    –Wilson Mizner
  • Everywhere I go I'm asked if I think the university stifles writers. My opinion is that they don't stifle enough of them.
    – Flannery O'Connor
  • I just wrote a book, but don't go out and buy it yet, because I don't think it's finished yet.
    – Lawrence Welk
  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.
    – Douglas Adams
  • I'm writing a book. I've got the page numbers done.
    – Stephen Wright
  • It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous.
    – Robert Benchley
  • It's a damn poor mind that can only think of one way to spell a word.
    – Andrew Jackson
  • Most writers can write books faster than publishers can write checks.
    – Richard Curtis
  • No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self–deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.
    – Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
  • There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.
    –Somerset Maugham
  • Writing a novel is like paddling from Boston to London in a bathtub. Sometimes the damn tub sinks. It's a wonder that most of them don't.
    – Stephen King
  • Writing a novel is like spelunking. You kind of create the right path for yourself. But, boy, are there so many points at which you think, absolutely, I'm going down the wrong hole here.
    – Chang–rae Lee
  • Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original, and the part that is original is not good.
    –Samuel Johnson
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