The Unschool for Writers: a DIY MFA

Alison Acheson
The Craft and Art of Writing: novels, short-fiction, nonfiction/memoir, picturebooks, middle-grade and YA novels; the business; the heart-break and Joy--of both traditional publishing and self-publishing--all for $6/month
Created 16 Apr 2021
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  • Would You Do Me a Favour? - "holiday writing" mini-course story #5
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    Would You Do Me A Favour? by Bach5G “Would you do me a favour?” Ellrod asked. His son hesitated for a moment and then replied, “What is it?” “I want you to pick up a book for me. Actually two books. F...
  • Genre Gleaning
    29 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 6 1
    ~~~ photo by Quaritsch Photography on Unsplash This is perhaps an odd little piece to throw out into our writing world… but worth consideration. In the coming year, I’m hoping to have more Q&As with w...
  • Gifting an annual subscription - an offer for paid subscribers only
    29 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    Get 25% off for 1 year Looking for a gift idea for another writer you know? Consider sharing The Unschool for Writers for the coming year! Words from some subscribers: “DIY is filled with articles tha...
  • Christmas Came Early - "holiday writing" mini-course story #4
    27 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 4 2
    Christmas Came Early by Tara Nykyforiak Christmas is coming early this year, Marianne told me last Friday before leaving for the weekend. Only two more sleeps and I’ll get to open my presents and spen...
  • And Happy AMERICAN Thanksgiving!
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 3 0
    photo by Joseph Gonzalez on Unsplash I wrote a post for Canadian Thanksgiving, all those many weeks ago (Oct. 10) on Giving Thanks. For the first time in my life, I am celebrating American Thanksgivin...
  • Close Read: All Over Creation
    22 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 5 5
    This is the second Ozeki book I’ve read, and this one I’ve read twice. (The second time because the book was my “book club” suggestion, and it had been some months in between. The re-read experience w...
  • The Subjunctive Shadow
    18 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 7 2
    photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash In grammar, mood is used to refer to a verb category or form which indicates whether the verb expresses a fact (the indicative mood), a command (the imperative mood),...
  • Creating "Scene"
    16 Nov 2021 • 7 min read • 5 6
    character in isolation--is that a puck in sight? One of my early teachers—Sue Ann Alderson—guided our process with the question: What serves the story? What a deceptively simple question. Although thi...
  • Christmas Cards Cheating - "holiday writing" mini-course story #3
    11 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 5 7
    CHRISTMAS CARDS CHEATING by Suzanne Johnston Grandpa sat in his walker in our living room on Christmas Eve, pale and resigned; positioned between two chairs like another piece of furniture. I don’t kn...
  • Chocolate Sauce With Bits - "holiday writing" mini-course story #2
    11 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 7 8
    Chocolate Sauce with Bits - by Amy Whitmore “I have to go wee wee!” announces my little sister to our Thanksgiving table, crystal, sterling silver, candlelight, white linen tablecloth. She is six. I a...
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