Writing Fanfic was My MFA

Monday, May 20, 2019

I’ve already written before about my writing education – that I had none. Or at least no formal one. By the time I knew MFA’s were even a thing, I was three years deep into a Classics degree. But that’s okay – I’d already spent six years writing fanfiction, which turned out to be as good as an informal education. There’s a common piece of advice thrown about in the…

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[News Flash] May 19, 2019

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Robyn Bennis! You can pick up her new book The Devil’s Guide to Managing Difficult people next Tuesday, May 21st. We are delighted to welcome #RobynBennis to @DebutanteBall this week! Her latest book, The Devil’s Guide to Managing Difficult People, is out Tuesday – @KA_Doore @MFournierWatson @LayneFargo @estefsays @devislaskar #WritingCommnunity https://t.co/jw8pfjgUcq pic.twitter.com/owsDJDx7cO — The Debutante Ball (@DebutanteBall) May 18, 2019 News from the Class…

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Writing at Every Age

Monday, May 13, 2019

When I was in middle school, I wrote at night. I could crank out a 10 page chapter of fanfic in under a week and format the html and have it up for my small following of three by Saturday, every Saturday. Editing wasn’t really something I understood, let alone did. All drafts were final drafts, but it was so much fun. Nevermind that I could never finish anything. Nevermind…

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[News Flash] May 12, 2019

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Rheea Mukherjee! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of The Body Myth. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are delighted to host @MukherjeeRheea this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win THE BODY MYTH @LayneFargo @KA_Doore @estefsays…

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When Easter Eggs Become Plot

Monday, May 6, 2019

Easter eggs! We all love them. Sugary and chocolately and occasionally not chocolately but almost always delicious – Oh wait, we’re not talking about candy this week? Oops, my bad. We’re talking about the other kind of Easter egg, the kind that is a personal slip of a joke anyone who doesn’t know you – and even most of those who do – would probably miss. I love learning about…

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[News Flash] May 5, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Dea Poirier! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Next Girl to Die. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are so excited to host @deapoirierbooks this week on @DebutanteBall — RT and follow for a chance to win Next Girl To…

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The Structure of a Tucson June

Monday, April 29, 2019

This week we’re talking about where we live (or have lived) and how that influenced our books. This topic’s an easy one for me because Ghadid wouldn’t exist if I’d never moved to Arizona. Every story I’ve written has reflected the place I was living at the time, from swampy, buggy, storm-brewing Florida to gray and damp and otherworldly Seattle to arid yet surprisingly vibrant Arizona. When I describe the…

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[News Flash] April 28, 2019

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Danya Kukafka! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Girl in Snow. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): We are so excited to host @danyakukafka this week! RT this interview & follow @DebutanteBall for a chance to win her bestselling book GIRL IN…

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There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Free Book

Monday, April 22, 2019

Every few months or so there’s a new conversation about independent bookstores (or “indies”) and a certain big, monopoly behemoth that also sells books. On the one hand, monopolies are inherently bad for everyone but the monopoly. On the other hand, there are arguments to be made about ease of access, affordability, and even safety. I, honestly, don’t care which you choose, as long as you make an informed choice….

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[News Flash] April 21, 2019

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Thank you so much to yesterday’s guest, Kirstin Chen! If you haven’t already, enter the #DebBallGiveaway to win a copy of Bury What We Cannot Take. You can enter by sharing our post on Facebook and/or retweeting the following tweet (make sure you follow @DebutanteBall on Twitter too!): https://t.co/kJ861hEBpo we are so excited to host @kirstin_chen this week on @DebutanteBall! RT & follow for a chance to win a copy…

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