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Nail that First Line with Laura Drake

I’m going to be teaching a two week course here at Savvy Authors in August about Beginning Pages, so I’ve been thinking a lot about first lines. Stephen King had something to say about the magnitude of a novel’s first line. “An opening line should invite the reader to...

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The Power of Description with Kerri-Leigh Grady

Think back to high school—I know, it’s a painful journey, but I promise we won’t stay long—and the books we were assigned to read, discuss, and evaluate. Think about the classics of American literature, from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Aldous Huxley. Think back to the...

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Hearts and Handcuffs by Angela Knight

Starting August 8, 2016, I’ll be teaching a month-long class at Savvy Authors called “Writing Believable Police Heroes,” based on interviews I did with a number of senior officers with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office in Spartanburg, SC. This 300-man department...

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Confessions of a Workaholic Slacker by Leslie Dow

I am a Workaholic Slacker. Contradiction in terms? I think not.  Those of you who are both workaholics and slackers will know exactly what I mean.  I think one of the hallmarks of the Workaholic Slacker is the ability to appear lost in a frantic storm of activity but...

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