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The Joy of Rediscovering Shirley Jackson

The Joy of Rediscovering Shirley Jackson

In preparing for a class on gothic elements in fiction, I pulled an old book from my shelves. I’d gone searching for Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, but I found myself drawn to We Have Always Lived in the Castle instead. Have you read this book? I don’t think I’ve read it in more than thirty years, but once I flipped it open I couldn’t put it down. Lordy, it’s amazing. It’s a slim book. My paperback copy comes in…

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Do Good, Feel Great

Do Good, Feel Great

As most of you know, I am a member of Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Lighthouse is a non-profit writing community that offers workshops for all ages. I teach adults, but I am fortunate to teach in the Young Writers Program as well. This means I sometimes teach in Denver-area schools either as part of an after-school program or as a visiting writer during the school day. Sometimes I teach at summer camps or on weekends or on school holidays. At Lighthouse,…

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The Kids Are All Right

The Kids Are All Right

Yesterday I taught a creative writing segment to a group of elementary school kids. It was my last teaching gig of 2016. This year, thanks to Denver’s Lighthouse Young Writers Program, I worked with third graders and high school seniors and middle school students. I taught suburban kids and city kids. I taught one ninth grader who told me she catches a city bus at six o’clock every morning to get to school. Do you know how dark it is at at 6…

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I’m Nobody! Are You Nobody Too?

I’m Nobody! Are You Nobody Too?

Each year, Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver enlists a series of guest bloggers for its Lit Counts series. It’s a lead-up to Colorado Gives Day and it offers writers the opportunity to blog about why literature matters. Head over to the Lighthouse Blog to read my entry this year. If you are a Denver-area writer, reader, lover of all things literary, I hope you’ll donate to Lighthouse Writers Workshop on Colorado Gives Day. If you’re currently working on a novel, I encourage…

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