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Write Here, Write Now Podcast Series

Whether you’re a published author looking to take your writing to new heights, or just getting started, the insight and experience of other writers is invaluable—especially when the authors offering their expertise are award-winning, #1 New York Times bestselling authors. The “Write Here, Write Now” twice-weekly podcast series produced by the Salt Cay Writers Retreat and Folio Literary Management features some of today’s most accomplished authors offering their best from-the-trenches advice. Every Thursday, “Write Here, Write Now” spotlights a discussion on the writing craft from...

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2016 SCWR Faculty member Lee Child’s Writing Process

“So far I have no title, no real plot…. I don’t have a clue about what is going to happen,” Child tells Andy Martin, a lecturer in French and Philosophy at Cambridge University on the first day as Martin observed Child write his 20th novel over the next seven months. Child sits down, lights a cigarette, and begins to write. By the end of the day, Child has smoked 26 Camels, drunk 19 cups of coffee (“I’m writing on the verge of a stroke,” he quips) and written 2,000 words. It’s fascinating to watch the process of writing unfolding in real time — the hours Child spends...

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Slice Magazine interview with Erin Harris

Encouraging words for writers from Salt Cay Writers Retreat faculty member Erin Harris (Folio Literary Management): “Agents are in the business of discovery; we’re looking for literary talent that we can foster and nurture, and queries are one of the vital ways in which we connect with talent. After a day of phone calls, emails, pitching, and meetings – and maybe,maybe some reading and editing (if I’m lucky) – I actually really look forward to sifting through the day’s queries. This is a moment when I can catch my breath. When I can kick my feet up and let someone else do the work for...

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THINK LIKE AN AGENT: Agent as Savvy Business Manager by Kristin Nelson and Karen Dionne

Not all literary agents are created equal. Agent Kristin Nelson and author Karen Dionne have seen the good, the bad, and the truly ugly. In this article series, “Think Like an Agent,” they pool their expertise. Kristin: Simply put, a literary agent is the person an author hires to manage his or her publishing career. Literary agent is actually an odd career. It’s the only job in which the the agent picks the client first, and then the client decides whether or not to hire the agent. What other job is remotely like that? None. It’s unique to this industry. Regardless, once an agent offers you...

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“A Father’s Gift” by Lorenzo Carcaterra

Wonderful essay on fathers and sons and finding inspiration to follow your dreams by 2014 Salt Cay Writers Retreat instructor Lorenzo Carcaterra: “My father was barely literate and my mother didn’t speak English. Nor did I until I started grade school. And there were no books in the railroad apartment we shared in Hell’s Kitchen other than my collection of Classics Illustrated comics that I kept in a neat pile in a hall bureau. My dad worked as a butcher at the old 14th Street meat market, now known more for its high-end clothing stores and restaurants than for trucks packed with hind...

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Creating The Perfect Predator: Tricks of the Trade from a Forensic Psychologist by Mary Kennedy

The Thursday afternoon group therapy session was held in a small, cramped room on the ninth floor of the forensic unit.  It was a hot August day, and since the shatter-proof windows were nailed shut, the room was hot, humid, and eerily still. The group  members–all  men, all convicted of violent crimes, including rape, battery, incest and  murder–watched warily as I slipped into an empty folding chair near the door.  It was my first week as staff psychologist on the busy unit, and I was still new to the game. But not so new that I would forget to give myself a clear escape route. The chairs...

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