Make Your Own MFA

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

I’m going to cut to the chase. I firmly believe that there are only two things you really need to become a great writer: 1) lots of practice, and 2) good critique partners. That’s it. Everything else is mirrors and glitter. Practice is simple. Practice makes you better. Critique partners are a little more complicated, but you can still find them online and in your local town: good ones help…


On Writing Communities, Competition And Finding Your Tribe

Thursday, November 6, 2014

I’ve always heard of this legend, the solitary writer, head down at her desk, never looking for the light or sharing her words. And I have to say, that was never me. From the start, to me, writing was a collaborative craft. I remember sharing stories with my kid sister across our bunk beds — about frogs and princesses, our favorite Bollywood stars, and eventually even New Kids On the…


How to Pick Up a First Reader

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

It’s a lot like dating, really. You meet another writer at a conference or at a book festival or writer’s workshop, and while you make small talk and try to ask subtle questions like “So what are you reading right now?” in the back of your mind you’re really wondering Is this it? Is this THE one? And eventually, maybe after sitting next to each other 3 days in a row…


Deb Kerry is waiting for the stars to align

My first and only crit group didn’t do a lot of critiquing. We all met during Nanowrimo, and our initial encounters tended to be informal, chaotic, and a little weird – as is fitting for Nanowrimo season. We met weekly at the Barnes and Noble café, sometimes venturing to other locales for what we called write-ins,although these snack enhanced ‘work sessions’ resulted in verbal word counts a lot higher than…

Monday, December 17, 2012