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Why We Write Memoirs

Writing our own stories helps us see the narrative thread in our lives, reflect on the consequences of events and maybe find redemption or closure. Life stories, memoirs, autobiographies — whatever term we use–have been wildly popular for the past … Continue reading

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Sun, Nov 2: Master The Skills Needed To Write Your First Novel with Toni & Shelly

Full Day Workshop Master The Skills Needed To Write Your First Novel 9 am to 5 pm with a one-hour lunch break For this full-day interactive Master Class, please bring the first chapter of your novel, or at least 6 … Continue reading

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Join Toni for a Masterclass at Los Angeles Valley College, Saturday, October 18

Master The Skills Needed to Write Your First Novel or Revise Your First Draft! You need the skills to impress a publisher enough to receive a contract on your first novel. Here’s your chance to learn what it takes, then … Continue reading

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Line of Dialogue Remembered Since 1949

Orson Welles’s short speech in The Third Man: Italy vs Switzerland

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Benedict Cumberbatch reads a letter from Kurt Vonnegut

This video is amazing. So’s the letter. In 1973 they burned 75 copies of Slaughter House Five.  

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What Writers Can Learn From Watching “Fargo”

Alan Sepinwall reviews a screening of FX’s Fargo: “…the level of suspense that Noah Hawley‘s script and Matt Shakman’s direction create is almost unbearable, and that tension was palpable and powerful throughout the screening…. “…That there isn’t any violence in … Continue reading

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How to Stop Saying the Word “Like”

Every language has its own vocabulary of vocalized pauses, which are meaningless words used to keep the conversation flowing smoothly.[1] In English, these are usually “um,” “er,” “ah,” or “you know.” In North America, especially among young people, it’s common … Continue reading

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