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This 'Creative Writing Blog' is utilitarian, meant to show at a glance what's new to the site. If something strikes me, I write a short note about it. If I add a page to the site, or update existing pages, they're all listed here.

All the creative writing tips and articles remain here until they are bumped off by newer items, so checking back regularly will keep you up to date on changes, and permanent articles can always be found through the sitemap or internal links.

Every time I update the Creative Writing Contests page the link shows up here, and this is also where I add some of the tidbits that I post on Twitter.

While this is primarily a blog about writing fiction, I also post time sensitive book news or author announcements that I don't want to turn into permanent web pages because the information or opportunity is likely to change.

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Nov 20, 2014

Creative Writing Scholarships in Canada and the United States

Canadian and US Creative Writing Scholarships, both online and on campus

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Nov 04, 2014

Tight Writing Sells

Editors demand tight writing, and anything less will not be read. Learn how to cut fat and self-edit.

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Nov 04, 2014

Our Best Reads and Reviews

Book clubs will enjoy these best reads

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Oct 30, 2014

Creative Writing Help

Creative writing help, lessons, and tips, concerning the craft and business of writing fiction.

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Oct 28, 2014

Review of Who by Fire by Fred Stenson

Who by Fire is a story with weight and heat, an absorbing and finely nuanced novel from an author unmistakably in his writing prime. It drills straight to the heart.

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Oct 27, 2014

Ask an Author

Ask an author your creative writing questions and receive writing help. Author Pearl Luke responds as quickly as possible to all writing related questions.

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Oct 27, 2014

Short Story and Creative Writing Contests and Competitions

Short Story and other creative writing contests and competitions with big cash prizes like the ones below can provide a real step up for writers. Writing competitions can jumpstart a career.

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Sep 13, 2014

Sample Writing Feedback

Sample of writing feedback provided to a creative writer after a manuscript review by Pearl Luke, author of Madame Zee

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Sep 11, 2014

Where to Read Short Stories Online

Read short stories online. Links to high quality online fiction, the best new literary fiction online offered by the Book Trust, publishers, universities, and quality online journals.

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Sep 09, 2014

Bitter Lake by Marika Deliyannides

Reviewed by Pearl Luke Bitter Lake, like Atonement by Ian McEwan, is a novel about the mistakes of youth and how the psychological clanging of unacknowledged

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Sep 09, 2014

Watermark by Sari Sikstrom

Watermark has one of the most interesting protagonists I have ever encountered. Dr. Vela Ostofvold is a forensic librarian, an occupation that until now

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Aug 09, 2014

Creative Writing Quotes.

Creative Writing Quotes to inspire Creative Writers. Quotations about writing, words, paragraphs and motivation.

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Aug 07, 2014

Creative Writing Resources

Creative writing resources for hours of inspiration, tips, activities, help, and entertainment for creative writers.

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Aug 04, 2014

Review of Madame Zee by Leanne Dyck

It's always wonderful to come across a new review of my novel Madame Zee, and in June 2014 Leanne Dyck wrote a very kind reader's review here:

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Jul 23, 2014

Review of Scribendi Freelance Copy Editing for Creative Writers

24/7 Freelance Copy Editing for Students, Creative Writers, and Business--Review tested and cost effective option

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Jul 23, 2014

Do I Need a Writing Course?

Is it necessary to attend writing courses in order to improve writing style. Having just got one rejection for my novel I feel I need some guidelines as

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Jul 20, 2014

Creative Writing Degree Programs in Canada and the United States

Canadian and US Creative Writing Degree Programs

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Jun 17, 2014

Online Writing Courses

Online writing courses and classes

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Jun 17, 2014

Creative Writing Class Online ~ Read to Write

This creative writing class online uses reading, writing instruction, and assignments to teach writers how to improve creative writing skill andtechnique through careful analysis of existing literature.

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Jan 20, 2014

Mentoring Rates

Mentoring Rates--services and rates for writing feedback, assessment, and courses

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Jan 20, 2014

Writing Contests: Win More, Spend Less with a Flash Assessment

Approach creative writing contests with adequate preparation. Know what editors look for in a winning story.

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Jan 11, 2014

Participles: Bothersome Verbs

Participles: When to use them, when to avoid them in your creative writing

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Jan 09, 2014

Editing Novels: The First Three Chapters Manuscript Evaluation.

Editing novels. The First Three Chapters manuscript evaluation will quickly and inexpensively determine whether your novel is ready to send out to an agent.

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Jan 08, 2014

Scene Questions Hold Reader Interest

How to Raise Scene Questions to Capture and Hold Reader Interest in Any Story

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Nov 12, 2013

Can a short story collection be changed to a novel?

Have you ever moved a short story collection to a novel successfully? I have tried for years to publish my story collection and received the same response

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