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February 18, 2020

Award-winning writer and teacher Tim Storm of Storm Writing School.

Behind the Pen: Meet Award-winning Writer and Teacher Tim Storm

Interview by Jessica Mack

Tim Storm is a writer and the owner of Storm Writing School, which examines what aspects of story affect an audience emotionally and keep them engaged. He does all of this with a certain gusto, helping anyone who is willing to learn at his school. Previously, he taught high school English for 15 years and briefly pursued an Olympic rowing berth. Tim will be a presenter at the…

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February 11, 2020

USA Today bestselling author Ann Garvin.

Behind the Pen: Meet USA Today Bestselling Author Ann Garvin

Interview by Jessica Mack

After getting her Ph.D. in Exercise Psychology, Ann has traveled all over the world. Ann had her moment in writing with the Wisconsin Book Festival, when she won a 24-hour writing contest. Since then, she has gone on to publish multiple successful books. Ann will be part of the…

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February 4, 2020

Chicago historian Dominic Pacyga.

Behind the Pen: Meet Chicago Historian Dominic Pacyga

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Dominic Pacyga, an urban and ethnic historian, discusses the importance of “place” and “space” in fiction and nonfiction, and how where we are and live can impact the way we behave and respond to what life offers us. Dominic will be giving a presentation on “The Importance of Place…

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January 28, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet NY Times Bestselling Author Elizabeth Berg

Interview by Jessica Mack

Elizabeth Berg has always loved books and reading from the time her mother began reading to her, and she’s loved writing ever since she could hold a pencil. Before writing, she was a registered nurse for 10 years, using her experiences of taking care of patients to learn more…

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January 17, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet Book of the Year Award Winner Russ Fee

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Winner of the Award for Indie Fiction

Russ Fee, the 9th Annual CWA Book of the Year winner for Indie Fiction, discusses the inspiration behind A Dangerous Identity and what the publishing world can offer indie fiction writers.

Q: What is your writing process? How much time do you spend researching, planning, or world-building before…

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January 17, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet Book of the Year Award Winner Devin Murphy

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Winner of the Award for Traditional Fiction

Devin Murphy, the 9th Annual CWA Book of the Year winner for Traditional Fiction, shares his experience and journey writing the award-winning book, Tiny Americans. He discusses how structuring a novel can really impact the way the story is received.

Q: Describe your writing space. Do you have any favorite…

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January 17, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet Book of the Year Award Winner Tammy Letherer

Interview by Meryl D'Sa

Winner of the Award for Indie Nonfiction

Tammy Letherer, the 9th Annual CWA Book of the Year winner for Indie Nonfiction, discusses the struggle and trials that come with writing and publishing a memoir. Her belief is that to be a writer, one must just write and not wait for the right time or circumstances. Writing and…

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January 14, 2020

Behind the Pen: Meet NY Times Bestselling Author Jacquelyn Mitchard

by Samantha Hoffman

We're so excited that Jacquelyn Mitchard will be joining us this year at Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference. She'll be the keynote conversation (with Ann Garvin) at the Saturday dinner, she will be on the fiction panel, and she has agreed to meet with…

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January 7, 2020

I’m Exhausted Just Reading Kristin Oakley’s New Years Resolutions!

by Samantha Hoffman

I live in a new-years-resolution-free zone. I have, upon occasion, made resolutions but they never lasted more than a few weeks. At some point I made a resolution to make no more resolutions.
That worked!

And then I got Kristin Oakley's newsletter and she LOVES New Years resolutions!…

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December 24, 2019

Favorite books of 2019 - Let’s Just Read!

Polling our conference presenters

by Samantha Hoffman

I love getting book recommendations from people I know, so I polled the presenters for Let's Just Write! An Uncommon Writers Conference, coming up on March 21-22, 2020.

Early-bird pricing ends on December 31st.

The question was: What is the favorite book you read in 2019, and why…

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