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Chris
Baltimore, MD
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A writer meditates on aging—and the joys of homemade dessert—as she recounts her mother’s recent slip down the stairs. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Real Writer
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Chris Stewart is editor-in-chief of Del Sol Press (@DelSolPressBks), and an editor with Pitch2Pub.com, an online competition matching writers and editors for manuscript critique before submission to agents. Chris is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly Fellowship and a Pushcart... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at The Real Writer
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As someone who organizes readings and a large literary arts festival with workshops, author appearances, and exhibitors, over the last ten years I have developed a list of writers who I will not work with again. And rest assured, I’m not the only one who does this. Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2016 at The Real Writer
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Need help polishing your pitch/query/pages for upcoming Twitter pitch comps? The comp I just participated in as an editor, Pitch to Publication, or #p2p16, just ended for pitching and the author/editor pairings will be announced this Saturday (March 12). I'm... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at The Real Writer
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I'm participating in Pitch to Publication (a pitch competition on Twitter) as an editor and just finished my #tenqueries yesterday. We must tweet two sessions of ten queries, but I tweeted 45 of my 95 submissions. Don't be impressed. Several... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at The Real Writer
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I am again one of the editors participating in the exciting Pitch to Publication competition, the brain/heart child of the fab Samantha Fountain (@fountainwriter). Writers pitch/query 3 editors; editors choose 1-2 writers to work with via developmental edit; writers then... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at The Real Writer
Excited to announce that Del Sol Press (of which I am now Editor-in-Chief) has just opened a first novel competition! Deadline is April 15, 2016. The judge is Madison Smartt Bell. DETAILS: THE 2016 BEST FIRST NOVEL COMPETITION Del Sol... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2015 at The Real Writer
Well this is kind of nice! Next stop: the world! "Your service, The Real Writer Editing Services, is ranked as one of Thumbtack’s Best of 2015 in the Proofreaders category as a result of your great customer reviews. This is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2015 at The Real Writer
Hello dear Real Writers, I haven't posted in a while as I have been editing manuscripts practically nonstop for the last eight months! It's wonderful that so many people are ready to put their books out there and share their... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at The Real Writer
The new JMWW is online with lots of great poetry and prose, as well as my latest article on how to give a good reading. Here's the opening: "Years ago, I hired someone via friend who called himself a "reading... Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2014 at The Real Writer
I haven't abandoned you, Real Writers, I've been working on my own novel, one of many rounds of editing, and it's been crunch time for me. I promised myself I would finish it by end of August. There was also... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at The Real Writer
My latest article at JMWW is up! Check it out and then read around a bit in the magazine to see if anything inspires you to write. HOW TO BRING MORE SPONTANEITY, IMPERFECTION, AND RISK INTO YOUR WRITING: This article... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at The Real Writer
Nonfiction writers and journalists: "The American Society of Journalists and Authors is the nation's professional organization of independent nonfiction writers. ASJA offers extensive benefits and services". Such as: regular confidential market information, meetings with editors, an exclusive referral service, seminars... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at The Real Writer
My latest article for JMWW about point of view in fiction. This one is a bit serious, fair warning. POV misuse is a pet peeve of mine so I shared things that I see people doing wrong and ways to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at The Real Writer
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I'm currently teaching a class in the Johns Hopkins Odyssey program on writing ekphrastic poetry and wanted to share an exercise we're using. Ekphrasis is writing that comments on works of art; it began as a Greek rhetorical term referring... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2013 at The Real Writer
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I can't help it. It's fall and this time of year I am especially in the mood to write and read poetry. I have to have it. I've also been editing more of it lately, for others (check out my... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Real Writer
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My latest post at The Writer's Edge: I see these lists all over Facebook on a regular basis so, just for fun, and hopefully to help you, I compiled my own list. I swore I wouldn’t, but a respectable period... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2013 at The Real Writer
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I've just returned from two weeks in Portugal and England. The former to visit a country new to me, the latter to visit a friend and continue my love affair with England. I'd love to live there. (If you want... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2013 at The Real Writer
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Dear Real Writers - I've been neck deep in editing novels for writers these past few months, but wanted to make sure to share some recent articles I've written for the spring and summer issue of JMWW, a terrific literary... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2013 at The Real Writer
We can talk ad nauseum about elements of craft where fiction is concerned, and we will in other posts, I promise, but what's really important, is underlying structure, how a story/book is put together. If you're not making the right connections at the right time, the piece will be just a wandering mess with some key moments that the reader knows should really mean something, but kind of don't. Here are key points and scenes to determine in your story/book. You can figure these out now, when you've just started (best way!), halfway through (nice save!), or once your book is finished (all is not lost!). Once you've read through them I'll put you to work. Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at The Real Writer
Writing the Pitch: A Workshop for Aspiring Authors (Register for my class at Johns Hopkins (Odyssey Program) if you're local) Have a book of fiction completed or almost there? Ready to look for an agent? This is a workshop for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2013 at The Real Writer
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Dear Real Writers, I invite whoever is ready to be part of a 'JUST WRITE IT' program to sign up and finally do what you're always saying you want to do: write that book. I will take on 3-5 people... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2013 at The Real Writer
I happened upon this great series called Ian Hislop's Emotional History of Britain. It's in three parts but, alas, only part one is on YouTube. Still, it's the part that covers Austen so, hurray! Ian doesn't only touch on S&S, but also P&P, and Emma. And the curator of the Jane Austen House Museum has some great advice for ladies to follow when choosing who to give your heart to. (Hint: Knightley to Emma: "If I loved you less, I could say more." Ian walks a bit through the house, which is lovely to see. There's a wonderful peace to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2013 at Embarking On A Course of Study
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Swoon! There is a Pride & Prejudice boardgame! From the publisher's site, Ash Grove Press: Step into Pride and Prejudice Will you linger in Meryton or pine for the amusements of London? Perhaps you’ll astound your opponents with your superior knowledge of the book. Alas, your progress may be deterred by anything from a bit of slipped lace to a scandalous elopement. Marriage is the Object Elizabeth and Darcy, Jane and Bingley, Lydia and Wickham or Charlotte and Mr. Collins--pick one of four couples from the novel and maneuver them separately or together through town and countryside. Be the first... Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2013 at Embarking On A Course of Study
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My latest post on JMWW is up, full of revision techniques for your poems that will shake things up. Nothing like shaking things up in the new year, right? What grooves have you fallen into that no longer serve you?... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at The Real Writer