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Rachel Sherman

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Literary Contests with June Submission Deadlines ($20 and Under Application Fees)

Sunday June 1, 2014

Here is a selection of contests with $20 and under application fees.

What has your experience been with submitting to literary contests? Do you think it's worth it if there is a fee?

Writing about sex and writing erotica: the big difference

Saturday May 31, 2014

Painting by Ho Ryan Lee

Writing about the way a character views sex can give insight into that character's complex internal world. But what is the difference between writing about sex and writing erotica? Here are some thoughts and tips on writing about sex in literature.

What Makes a Writer a Writer?

Friday May 30, 2014

Do you have to be published? Or write a thousand words? When do you get to give yourself the title? What if you don't write every day? Here are some of my thoughts on discipline and the art and work of being a writer.

How to teach a writing workshop

Tuesday May 27, 2014

My next fiction workshop begins tomorrow, so I have been thinking about teaching, my students, and their writing. Having taught for a long time, and at many institutions, I have tweaked certain aspects of my class over the years. For the most part, however, I believe I have found a structure that is beneficial to my students, as many of them seem inspired, and have gone on to get to their MFAs and to become published writers. Click here to learn about what has worked for me, and feel free to comment on what has worked for you!


Flash Fiction and Lydia Davis: what makes a good short-short?

Thursday May 22, 2014

How is a short-short story different from other types of fiction? Let's look at the "master," Lydia Davis...

Up and coming author Sara Lippmann on her new book!

Wednesday May 21, 2014

I've had the pleasure of interviewing the talented Sara Lippmann about her new book DOLL PALACE.