• Master Class

    Master Class: Smell It

    The Master Class writing prompt. One line feeds your imagination. Welcome to class. I am your jolly writing prompt host, Professor Ayers. Each Monday, I will share a new writing prompt based on a line from a book. Just one line to feed your imagination. Can you move to the head of the class? Join Tara Roberts and Frank Montellano at the head of the class. Your instructions: You do not have to use the line in your story, but the idea based on the prompt should be clear. Prompt responses should be 200-1000 words, but any length is welcome. Please share the link back to the prompt (and this…

  • Author Showcase,  Interview

    Author Spotlight: Maria Vermisoglou

    Maria Vermisoglou is the author of The Cursed Girl, a YA fantasy. Interview with the author: What is your favorite story you’ve written/read?  I have written only one book but I think it will always be my favorite because it’s the first. It’s called The Cursed Girl and it’s a story about a young witch who is a healer and lives on Earth. She plays a major role on The Spanish War and helps the two princes survive. I won’t say more but this story has a bit of everything: love, friendship, wars and twists. What are you working on next? I am working on the next volume of “The…

  • Words,  Writing Advice

    Even Though: No Fear Writing

    You can’t let fear dictate your life. On Monday, July 2, 2018, my mother sent me a text. It goes something like this: “Police just arrested a guy planning an attack during fireworks! In Cleveland! Please be safe and stay home.” Is that scary? Most definitely. Even though Cleveland is 3 hours away. Even though I could get shot walking down the street. Even though finish the sentence here. Even though. We still went out and celebrated with the rest of Columbus on Tuesday, even though my mom’s words lingered in my head. We stayed til the end, even though we were surrounded by tall buildings and a heavy police…