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Episode 185- “We’re Creatively Institutionalised!”

September 10, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Alexandra Kostoulas


SF Creative Writing Institute




How do you start such a cool thing?

What is your background?

What are your books?

San Francisco Creative Writing Institute. We are a consortium of teachers and classes who have been hand curated to provide excellent instruction in storytelling, poetry, fiction, memoir, blogging, and more. 

All of our instructors are vetted, have taught at the college or graduate level, have a Master’s degree or MFA in their field of study and/or equivalent professional expertise. In addition to being published writers, and working editors, we areRead More

Episode 181 – “Embrace The Elephant!

July 30, 2015

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Our guest is writer Lori Beninger

Website:  http://www.ontrackpublishing.com/

Her book is Embracing the Elephant

“…historically evocative…” – Publishers Weekly

“…a journey worth taking…” – ForeWord Reviews

“Beninger’s skillful use of language pulls you into the story and makes the scenes come alive” – The Historical Novel Society

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful novel about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age – at the California Gold Rush. It is a tale of fierce determination, resilience, discovery, and hope.

Embracing the Elephant is a powerful story about one child coming of age at precisely the moment a nation enters its own new age. It is a tale of fierce determination,Read More

If We Can’t # is it Worth Saying?

July 29, 2015

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Expressing your thoughts in original language is quite challenging.  Consider what you say and how much of what you say consists of references and descriptions not your own.  We often express ourselves through not only cliches but through catch phrases brought to us courtesy of television, advertising, memes, films and internet short hand.#cop

Consider how we incorporate LOL, hashtags, smiley faces into our actual conversation.  “Gee Greg #youlookgreat.”

“Thanks Cindy, #hopetogetsometonight, you look lovely too.”

My mother is fond of quoting a saying she learned in Greece.  Is problem.

We have shared cultural references that not only make communication smoother, but also quickly establishes our cultural credentials.  A reference to past artists, shows, events, history can quicklyRead More

Character Assassination

July 22, 2015

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What do we love about books? What do we remember? Not what, who. 

Follow your CharacterWhy do we love Jane Austen? Because of the intricate plots? Not really.

The story? Please, we know the story.

We love the characters, the strong women who get into trouble because they blurt out what they are thinking, the handsome hero who is just misunderstood, the spunky friend from whom we wish as much happiness as we   wish for the heroine. We love a good character.

Listen to what you say when you play a movie for the fifth time, it’s not about the plot or the story — you just want to see the hero or heroine again.
“I love him.” You murmur under your breath.

Character is why there is star power in Hollywood. Do we watch Brad Pitt because he has a reputation for starring in great plot-driven films? No, weRead More

Future Gold Launch – Women of the Gold Rush –

July 1, 2015

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Future Gold coverWelcome to Future Gold

Jordan Ellert doesn’t believe in time travel. Except when it finally worked. One minute she’s ready for another Time Cult failure, the next she is blasted back to the California Gold Rush.  Everything she thought she knew is wrong:  she is not the only time traveler, the future is hard to alter, and falling in love while in the past is a very bad idea.

Can you really be the change you want to see in the world?

California was a dream destination from the very beginning.  During the Gold Rush, “life was exhilarating for women cut loose from the social constraints of the East. One gold rush woman wrote: “A smart woman can do very well in this country. True, there are not many comforts and one must work all the time and work hard, but there is plenty to do andRead More