Art by Richard De Wolfe

Art by Richard De Wolfe

The Thousand Islands region of Ontario, Canada, was the perfect backdrop for a childhood filled with adventure for Richard De Wolfe, an artist who still identifies strongly with rural life.…
The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

The Gift of the Magi One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time by bulldozing the grocer and the vegetable man and the butcher

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Crosswords for Writers

Horror Movie Crossword. You all know I'm already starting our Halloween push, so I came up with 15 or 16 films that are must watch this Holiday season. You need to do this crossword, find the right movies and then go watch them.
Interview with Andrei Codrescu

Interview with Andrei Codrescu

Essayist, National Public Radio columnist, novelist, poet, screenwriter, and editor of Exquisite Corpse, Andrei Codrescu answered our questions about Exquisite Corpse and his recent book
Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

Story: Helping Me Up by Bruce Ransom

“Are you going to be my new daddy?” she asked directly. “I don’t know,” he said, looking down at the flowery dress squirming beside him on the edge of the living room couch. “I like your mom, but to get married you have to really, really like each other.”
Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats

Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats

Here is a list of what I feel are the Top 10 Types of Poems, Forms or Formats. I say forms or formats because we cross some lines of distinction here that are not always easy to explain. Basically these are types of poems where people use a certain form to create them, but some are forms in and of themselves. Anyway,  I wanted to come up with a short list of the most popular poetry types. This is a basic guide. If someone throws these at you, at least you will know what they are. I hope you will try each type, and if you do feel free to share them in the comments.
Being A Writer in Silicon Valley

Being A Writer in Silicon Valley

When I first arrived in Silicon Valley two years ago, I had very few expectations for this place. My husband, a computer programmer, had dragged me here because “it is the epicenter of the world’s most cutting-edge technology and future-changing companies.”
Write a Novel with Me in Only 1 Year

Write a Novel with Me in Only 1 Year

Welcome to write a novel with me in 1 year. I think it is important to have goals in writing. I think there are a couple ways to set these goals. Some people care about the amount of time they write each day. Couple writers I know like to write 5 hours per day.
Story: The Birthmark  by Loretta Martin

Story: The Birthmark by Loretta Martin

I was born with a birthmark that looked like a bruised flower. It trailed along the left side of my face, from hairline to where neck and shoulder met. I grew accustomed to open stares, sidelong glances, and children being chastised for pointing.
New: BALLOONS Lit. Journal

New: BALLOONS Lit. Journal

First established in 2014, BALLOONS Lit. Journal (BLJ) is a young-reader-oriented literary journal that is freely accessible to all by online reading with a fully edited ready-to-print pdf version downloadable…
3 Reasons Why Horror has Cultural Value

3 Reasons Why Horror has Cultural Value

3 Reasons Why Horror has Cultural Value: Though they capture the imaginations of many, tales of the weird, the fantastical, and the horrifying tend to be regarded as lesser works of literature--assuming they’re considered literature at all.  
The Sources of Hallowe’en

The Sources of Hallowe’en

If we could ask one of the old-world pagans whom he revered as his greatest gods, he would be sure to name among them the sun-god; calling him Apollo if he were a Greek; if an Egyptian, Horus or Osiris; if of Norway, Sol; if of Peru, Bochica.
Best Editing Tools for Bloggers

Best Editing Tools for Bloggers

Here are some suggestions on finding the best editing tools for bloggers. After you spend hours or even days working on a single blog post and organizing your notes and references like a maniac, you finally have a great blog post ready to be posted.
How to Publish a Poem

How to Publish a Poem

This article, "How to Publish a Poem"  is one of our old articles that was titled “How to Submit a Poem.” We have changed it somewhat, and changed the title, but most of the information is the same.
Poem: Mindful at Seven by Taylor Winchell

Poem: Mindful at Seven by Taylor Winchell

Taylor Winchell was born and raised in San Diego, California. He received a BS from UC Berkeley and an MS from CU Boulder. He currently works as a water resources engineer, focusing on development planning in the Southeast Asia region. His writing has appeared in KQED Public Radio,