Writing communities are vital to the health and well-being of an author and their works. One of the most robust writing communities lives here in the Dayton area: the friends, supporters, attendees, and faculty of the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. Shuly Xóchitl Cawood has been a part of that workshop, as attendee, speaker, and supporter. And that’s where…

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Jeanne Oates Estridge began writing in third grade, when she crafted her first short story about bunnies who named their many children in alphabetical order. That same year, she drew a picture of her future self dressed “in a floor-length, crayon-blue dress, sitting at a typewriter.” It may have taken a bit of time, but…

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One of the things I like best about social media is that I “meet” new people without ever having to leave my living room. Ellen Birkett Morris is one of those folks I’m in touch with over my computer, but have yet to greet in person. She is an accomplished author who writes short fiction,…

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Janet E. Irvin boasts quite the resume. She has served as Adjunct Professor of Spanish at Wright State University, in Dayton, Ohio, and chair of the International Language Department at Springboro High School, in Springboro Ohio, where she taught Spanish and English. Her work has picked up the Leo Love Fiction Award at the Taos…

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Wondering where you’ve heard the name Jessica Strawser, but for some reason, you can’t remember? I ask that for all of my non-writing friends. Because my writing friends know exactly who Jessica is. Former Editor in Chief for Writer’s Digest (and now Editor at Large), Jessica has stepped away from that role to concentrate on…

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Kristen Witucki is a very well-educated writer (she has several Master’s degrees), a teacher, and a mother (her two boys are simply precious!) who leads a busy and active life. Kristen and I became acquainted when I joined Literary Mama in 2014; her profile of Jenn Crowell was one of the first pieces I ever…

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The blog is starting a new series: the Author Interview! And I’m pleased to say that my first featured author is none other than fellow Plot Sister and friend, Traci Ison Schafer. I first met Traci back in May, 2012, when we both signed up for a creative writing workshop. At that time, she was…

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