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The new Start Writing Annual is on its way back from the printers, and is jam packed with original stories and poetry. Join us for the launch event Oct. 2nd.
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From Her Wooden Sleep 2

I’m thrilled to have run a writing workshop at The Power Plant this summer to complement Ydessa Hendeles’ The Milliner’s Daughter. Here’s a recap of the workshop and the exhibition.

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The Start Writing Podcast chat with author, editor and book nerd Mark Leslie on the craft of telling stories, and the business of finding an audience.
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outdoor mill

A cautionary tale about ignoring your work for too long, and the joy of getting away from it all.

If you’ve taken one of my workshops and heard snippets about men in white coats, a mailboy named Charlie, or obsessive-compulsive pizza eating, you’ve heard some parts of my novel-in-progress. Many elements of the current draft made the journey from handwritten, in-group exercises to typed, edited pages. Many, but not all.

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concept cover art for 2017 journal

The submission box is open for the 2017 Start Writing anthology. If you’ve taken one of my workshops over the past year you’re invited to share a story, poem or comic for possible inclusion. ** Deadline extended to February 15, 2017.  **

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