New column: “The wilderness of parenthood”

Hi, all! My column in The Greenville News this week is all about frontiering in the parenting wilderness. Just call me Laura Ingalls.

Hope y’all enjoy!

To read, click here.

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New column: “Presidential campaigns and middle school promises”

40805549-a-politician-speaks-to-the-public-with-a-set-of-masks-Stock-PhotoHello, all. My column this week in The Greenville News is about politics–in particular, the current presidential campaign.

Yep.

To read, click here.

I hope y’all enjoy it!

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New column: “Such is the way of college football in the South”

footballMy column this week in The Greenville News is all about college football in the South. Here, even babies are indoctrinated. We start early.

To read, click here. I hope y’all enjoy!

 

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New column: “Bittersweet: from old dog to new puppy”

This week’s column in The Greenville News is about the experience of moving from our sweet old dog to a brand new puppy, and all the emotions–and worries–that come with it.

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New column: “Routine can rock!”

My column this week in The Greenville News is in praise of routine. Yes, routine. That which the dictionary defines as, “a sequence of actions regularly followed; a fixed program.”

Doesn’t sound like me, right? Well, check it out here.

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New column: “Learning how to lose well”

losing-a-game-clipart-1My column this week in The Greenville News is about losing–and learning how to do it well. With a nod to one of my favorite teams, who recently lost, and lost big.

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New column: “All you need is a creek”

42589244-creek-in-forestMy column this week in The Greenville News is all about splashing around in a summer creek. I sure hope y’all enjoy it.

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New column: “Why we should read books over again”

bookstackMy column this week in The Greenville News is (shocker) all about books. Old books, new books, any book you like. And about why I think you should read them all over again.

Trust me.

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New column: ‘You’re never fully dressed without a smile’”

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My column this week in The Greenville News is all about the power of a smile. I hope y’all enjoy it!

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I’m teaching a new class, open to all!

great-smokies-writers-uncashevilleI’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be teaching this Fall in the Great Smokies Writing Program through the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

My class, “Telling the Truth Slanted: Writing History in Fiction,” will meet on Tuesday evenings for 10 weeks, starting September 13th, at Novels & Novelties Bookstore in downtown Hendersonville, N.C.

Here’s a more detailed description of the course:

Emily Dickinson once wrote, “Tell all the truth but tell it slant.” So how do historical novelists merge fact and imagination to create historical fiction? This course will explore the ways in which we can make history come alive in our fiction, all while staying “true” to both history and the story. It will consider the origins of historical fiction, the work of masterful historical novelists, and the genre’s place in the literary canon. In workshop, we’ll emphasize place, character development and research, as we work to create vivid historical fiction.  Classes will include discussions of the readings and in-class exercises designed to spark novel ideas and lead to a working draft. The instructor will email links to the readings (mostly novel excerpts). Going forth, we’ll consider the words of historian David McCullough, who said, “No harm’s done to history by making it something someone would want to read.” Course designed for writers of all levels.

It’s a course open to writers of all levels, and geared toward history lovers and those interested in writing historical fiction. To register, or for more details, click here.

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