Take Us to the Beach

Incorporating sensory experiences into our writing can have a powerful effect on the story. When the reader can see, hear, feel, smell, and even taste what the character is experiencing, it enriches the story. Summer is nearly here and HRW's Characters Corner is seeking beach-themed submissions. So go to the beach! Go when it's sunny,... Continue Reading →

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The Vanishing Writers Organization

April's prompt was to imagine that HRW disappeared overnight and Joe Barboza's submission was a perfect fit. See the full prompt after the story. When Hampton Roads Writers first disappeared, I'll be honest, I saw it as an opportunity. An approaching freedom. A release. And I felt good for my creator, newly unchained to pursue... Continue Reading →

No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

Two phrases together often catch a writer's attention.  No Fee and Cash Prize!  That's exactly what you'll find at HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference. Attendees have the opportunity to submit in three categories: poetry; fiction; and nonfiction. Each category pays cash prizes. And did I mention there is no fee to submit? Here's what you'll... Continue Reading →

An Economy of Words, a Bounty of Emotion

Naomi Nye’s poem “The Mother Writes to the Murderer: A Letter” begins with a quote from the Dallas Morning News: “Alicia didn’t like sadness.” The poem is about the murder of a child on her way to the store a block away from her house. The poem is powerful and haunting, vivid in its description of... Continue Reading →

A Brief Introduction to Short-Form Poetry

National Poetry Month is in full swing and lots of poets are writing their hearts out in order to get to 30 poems in 30 days. Today, let's take a look at some short-form poems that can help you express your thoughts without taking up your entire day.

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