July 2011

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Books by Dick Cummins’ Bed

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Dick left the “disappointment business” in 1979 when his agent dumped him and is just getting back into writing. With a vengence. Books by my bed, under it, scattered around, in and on the dog bed—why we leave it there I don’t know, as retriever Sunny and part [...]

How Do You Know When You’ve Over-written?

A Useful Platitude By Ross Howell Ross Howell followed a career in academic fund-raising, public relations, book publishing, and marketing after receiving his MFA at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in 1978. He’s now freelancing non-fiction and fiction full-time, and will be teaching at Elon University in the fall. He lives in Greensboro, NC, with his [...]

The Iowa Mystique

The Iowa Mystique

Another Perspective By Dick Cummins Dick Cummins is a 1970 graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. After teaching writing for several years in Key West, FL and at the University of Montana, he decided to try writing of a different kind—a funding grant for the then new Apple II personal computers. He was [...]

Turning a Page Part 2

Letting Go of Libraries By Doug Borsom “Put down your lendings.” That’s what the cast of “Ozamanides II,” naked and calling on the audience to disrobe and join them “in a love pile,” chant at the narrator of John Cheever’s “The Fourth Alarm.” The narrator gets naked (“I’ve always been very quick to get out [...]

A Big Honkin’ Excerpt

A Big Honkin’ Excerpt

We Wanted to Be Writers is excerpted in the Summer/Fall 2011 issue of TriQuarterly! The fine folks at Northwestern University are running a big chunk of Chapter 4, “Say Yes! to Everything,” where we disuss the creative process. Very cool.  

Chance to Win a Free Book

Chance to Win a Free Book

In just a few days fifteen spectacularly fortunate readers will receive their very own copies of We Wanted to Be Writers absolutely free when their names are pulled from the virtual hat at the book giveaway going on at Good Reads right now. Don’t waste another second:  Enter immediately. No, wait! Add us to your [...]