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Genre Spotlight: Shout Out to Songwriters

on Thu, 11/19/2015 - 21:29

By Cyan Barker

            Continuing off of last month’s Giving Creative Nonfiction Credit, we believe that more categories of writing should get their time as well so was born the Genre Spotlight.  This month we put aside a special place for the songwriters out there.

            Songwriting, as the name suggests, is the action of writing songs.  This not only has to apply to the lyrical aspect, but also the melodies and chord progressions.  Just like other forms of writing, songwriting focuses on the emotional telling of a story or communicating information artistically to the masses.

Six minor rewrites that would have improved "Return of the Jedi"

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 21:46

By Kevin Flynn

As we anxiously await the opening of The Force Awakens, we Star Wars fans are praying JJ Abrams and company will wash away the sins of the prequels and restore peace and order to the galaxy.

The original trilogy was the most influential piece of entertainment for my generation. Before owning a VCR, I listened to an album narration of the Star Wars soundtrack. I wore out the grooves on the LP, so dialog has been ingrained in my memory (What’s the serial number to the garbage masher on detention level AA-23? 3263827, of course). The Empire Strikes Back might be one of the very

Writers' Day 2016 is coming April 23

on Tue, 11/17/2015 - 15:23

The premier event for New Hampshire authors and poets seeking to make connections and improve their craft. Sponsored by NHWP, Writers' Day features keynote speeches by acclaimed literary figures, workshops for writers of all genres and disciplines, and opportunities to meet agents and publishers.

Writers' Day will be on April 23, 2016 on the campus of Southern New Hampshire University.

NHWP members receive a discount on registration and lunch is included. New registrants receive a one-year membership in NHWP as part of their admission.

We have a great keynote speaker lined up (stay

Author Interview: Liz Kessler

on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 19:29

Author Liz Kessler talks about writing for children and her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Sea of Lost Souls

By Lisa Allard

What was your favorite childhood book? What sparked your imagination and made you crave adventure? Most importantly, what book kindled your love for reading?

We all have that one book. For me, it was The Tail of Emily Windsnap, the story of a twelve-year old girl who makes a brilliant discovery about herself. After years of not swimming due to her mother’s fear of the water, Emily Windsnap is finally able to convince her mother to let her take swimming lessons.

The Fonts as People

on Fri, 11/13/2015 - 18:24


















Cyan Barker is a literary editor working for the New Hampshire Writer’s Project and a student at Southern New Hampshire University.


NaNoWriMo : 5 Tips to Keep Moving Forward

on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 23:23

By Lisa Allard

It’s that time of the year again -National Novel Writing Month! Writing 50,000 words of a new novel within just 30 days is no easy task and participating writers are bound to have a mental breakdown or two in the process. So when that does happen, take a deep breath, and practice these 5 steps that are sure to get you back on track!

1. Take advantage of what the online writing community has to offer.

Even if you enjoy working independently, the support of other writers could be very helpful along the way. The NaNoWriMo website features  forums where writers can share their

Author Interview: Nathan Graziano

on Thu, 11/05/2015 - 19:40

By Cyan Barker


On October 19th, Southern New Hampshire University was honored to have local poet, Nathan Graziano, read off some of his work.  Those who attended were delighted and impressed.  He shared quite a few poems from his new book: “My Next Bad Decision” which highlighted his own personal mistakes and other such moments.  He pleased students and teachers alike with reading such poems as “The Drunkest I’ve Ever Been” and “Confessions of a Recovering Crier.”  Prior to his reading, I sent out an email asking for the opportunity to interview him.

NH Institute Offers Scholarships to Poetry Out Loud Winners

on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 19:53

THe Hampshire Institute of Art will offer significant scholarships to both Poetry Out Loud teachers and their competition-winning students.

“NHIA initially established the Poetry Out Loud Scholarship in 2014-2015 as a way to celebrate New Hampshire high school students who appreciate poetry and creative writing and who aren’t afraid to stand in front of their communities to convey the power of creative imagery,” said Bob Gielow, Vice President of Enrollment Services at NHIA.

Author Interview : Sy Montgomery

on Thu, 10/29/2015 - 20:47

Sy Montgomery talks about her research and inspiration behind The Soul of an Octopus.

By Lisa Allard

Every writer needs to find some source of inspiration to spark their writing. For author and naturalist Sy Montgomery, animals are her main source of inspiration. She has even been called “Part Emily Dickinson, part Indiana Jones” by the Boston Globe.

Sy Montgomery has published many books for both children and adults that required extensive research into various species. Her newest book, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness, is receiving a lot

Books to Fall Into : 10 New Releases by Local Authors

on Thu, 10/22/2015 - 20:56

Books to Fall Into: 10 New Releases from Local Authors

By Lisa Allard

Fall is here, and it’s time to say goodbye to those beach reads. As the nights grow cooler and the leaves begin to change, there is no better time than autumn to pick up a new book.  We have a lot to look forward to this season, so I have compiled a list of 10 books by New Hampshire authors perfect for leisure reading or book group discussions. Here’s to a season filled with lots of reading!

In the Evil Day: Violence Comes to One Small Town

By Richard Adams Carey

A quiet New England town is shattered by violence- and