Monday, June 29, 2020

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS #209

New Issue of Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS #209

Books by Cassandra Clare, Lissa Evans, Suzan Colón, Damian Dressick, Madeline Ffitch, Dennis Lehane, William Maxwell, and more. Reviews by Eddy Pendarvis, Ed Davis, Donna Meredith, and Joanna Ezekiel!

 

Saturday, May 16, 2020

New Issue of Books for Readers--#208



New Issue of Books for Readers--#208:


Reviews of books by Reviews of books by Alexander Chee; Donna Meredith; Rita Quillen; Mrs. Humphy Ward; Roger Zelazny; Dennis LeHane; Eliot Parker; and more!

Monday, March 30, 2020

New Newsletter of Book Reviews and Information for Writers

Meredith Sue Willis's BOOKS FOR READERS NEWSLETTER #207 is now available at www.meredithsuewillis.com/booksforreaders.html.

Reviews of books by Caroline Sutton, Colson Whitehead, Elaine Durbach, Marc Kaminsky, Attica Locke, William Makepeace Thackery, Charles Willeford & more.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Free Meredith Sue Willis e-books!

Free e-books!

Oradell at Sea E-Book Cover ImageDwight's House Book Cover ImageA Space Apart Book Cover ImageRe-Visions Book Cover ImageHigher Ground Book Cover ImageOnly Great Changes Book Cover Image

Especially for bored people stuck at home
who always meant to read one of my books:

Six Meredith Sue Willis books
(e-book versions)
Free until April 21, 2020

Click on books above, or go to Smashwords.com,
search for Meredith Sue Willis,
choose your book, and follow instructions.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Democrats need to form a Team of Rivals....

Interesting article in today's NYTimes ) by Thomas Friedman. He recommends a "team of rivals," (maybe even before the election) using all the terrific talent that is now running for president. The last real "team of rivals" may have been Lincoln's cabinet during the Civil war.... (See Doris Kearn's Goodwin's book on Lincoln's cabinet.)

Monday, February 10, 2020

Books for Readers #206.



JUST UP! new issue of Books for Readers #206...with reviews of books by Timothy Snyder, Bonnie Proudfoot, David Weinberger, Pat Barker, Michelle Obama, Richard Powers, Ernest Gaines, Anthony Powell, and more.

Saturday, February 01, 2020

Career Day with Kids in Orange and Marc Harshman gets the Allen Ginsberg poetry award!











Busy couple of days! 

Yesterday I visited Heywood Avenue School in Orange for Career Day (see right), and today went to hear friend (and WV poet laureate) Marc Harshman receive the Allen Ginsberg poetry award at the Poetry Center at Passaic (NJ) County Commmunity College )

This was the fortieth anniversary of that excellent Center, founded and still run by Maria Mazziotti Gillan. This is a prestigious award, and Marc's poem "Poet in the Schools" was super, as a poem, and as performed!

Saturday, January 25, 2020




Here's a summary of  the use of fonts in a book. You'll want to read this if you are self-publishing, and even if you are not but want to be knowledgable about how books are produced. Thanks to the excellent Jane Friedman and her blog and newsletter.

Friday, November 22, 2019

It's George Eliot's 200th Birthday! And there's a new Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers # 205!



It's George Eliot's 200th Birthday!  


See Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers # 205! 

Reviews and commentary on books by George Eliot, also reviews of books by Ernest Gaines, Kathy Manley, Rhonda White.  Reviews written by Jane Kimmelman, Victoria Endres, Deborah Clearman.

  

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Meredith Sue Willis's Books for Readers #204! New Issue!

Books for Readers #204New Issue!

Reviews of books by Larissa Shmailo, Joan Didion, Judith Moffett, Heidi Julavits, Susan Carol Scott, Trollope, Walter Mosley, Dorothy B. Hughes, and more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

New Fall Online Prose Narrative Class with Meredith Sue Willis




Fall 2019 Four-Session
Prose Narrative Class

Starts October 7, 2019--deadline to apply is now September 30 , 2019.

For the first time in several years, Meredith Sue Willis, author of 22 published books and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at NYU's School of Professional Studies, is offering a private online course for both advanced and beginning writers of prose narrative: novel, short story, memoir, and more.

This four session online writing course is asynchronous (you work whenever you like) with short lectures and readings posted at two week intervals.

Each student gets individual attention and responses for up to 40 pages of prose (approximately 10,000 words) from MSW. You can get feedback on your novel or short stories or personal narrative or memoir. There will also be starters to get you going on a new project--or restarted on an old one.

The sessions will be posted every two weeks, with work due before the next posting, two weeks later.

The Fall 2019 schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 30, 2019 Registration ends.
  • Monday October 7, Session One posted.
  • Monday October 21, Session Two posted.
  • Monday November 4, Session Three posted.
  • Monday November 18, Session Four posted.
  • Monday December 2: All work for response must be turned in by this date.
 

The fee is $200, payable in advance by personal check.


To apply, e-mail meredithsuewillis@gmail.com with a description of how you think this online class would help you. If you are accepted into the class, you will receive more details, including where to find the sessions when they are posted and a snail-mail address for payment.

Enrollment is limited. Registration ends Monday, September 30, 2019.

MSW's general web page is https://www.meredithsuewillis.com.

For more on how the class works, see Frequently Asked Questions below.

 



Frequently Asked Questions

What is an online writing class with Meredith Sue Willis? Online Writing Classes with Meredith Sue Willis are creative writing classes taught by Meredith Sue Willis through e-mail and the Internet. The classes include short written lectures, reading assignments, writing assignments, and one-on-one responses to homework. You read the sessions online, then do your homework (or prepare selections of previously written work of your choice) and e-mail them to the teacher as attached .doc files. She the e-mails back her comments.
Who is Meredith Sue Willis?  Meredith Sue Willis is a writer and veteran teacher of writing with experience that includes everything from university level to work with small children, teens, and people in between. For information about her teaching career and her publications, see her publication page, her resumé, and her biography.
What is the format?  The classes are asynchronous: that is, everything will be done by e-mail and online. You may work whenever and wherever you choose. E-mail and Internet access are required.
What are the writing assignments like? For a sample of MSW's free sample writing exercises—not necessarily from the online writing classes—go to Writing Exercises. Many students in the online writing classes, however, choose not to do the assignments. Rather, they send in selections of their work for which they want critiques.
How much do these online writing classes cost? Adult classes cost $50 per session times the number of sessions. Thus, a four session class costs $200, payable in full, in advance, by personal check or money order. Payment must be received before you are officially enrolled in the class.
There are no cash refunds.
When does the next class begin?  The Fall 2019 class starts October 7, 2019 and ends December 2, 2019. Classes typically run in the fall, January, and/or in the summer.
What do students say about these online writing classes with Meredith Sue Willis? Read some testimonials by people who took the classes.
How do I enroll?  Enrollment is limited and will close early if the class fills. Go to information for instructions for the current class.

Additional Information
Total pages for the Fall 2019 course to be turned is a maximum of 40 or @10,000 words.

Enrollment is extremely limited as the teacher is primarily a working writer. No applications will be accepted after the closing date, and the class will close early if it fills up. You are not enrolled until payment has been received. There will be no cash refunds, and all homework must be submitted within one week of the final deadline.
There are no cash refunds.

For more information about how online classes with Meredith Sue Willis operate, see Frequently Asked Questions.Clas

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Online Writing Class With Meredith Sue Willis Now Registering

Fall 2019 Four Session
ONLINE 
Prose Narrative Class 

with Meredith Sue Willis



Starts October 7, 2019--deadline to apply is October 4, 2019.

For the first time in several years, Meredith Sue Willis, author of 22 published books and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at NYU's School of Professional Studies, is offering a private online course for both advanced and beginning writers of prose narrative: novel, short story, memoir, and more.

This four session online writing course is asynchronous (you work whenever you like) with short lectures and readings posted at two week intervals.

Each student gets individual attention and responses for up to 40 pages of prose (approximately 10,000 words) from MSW. You can get feedback on your novel or short stories or personal narrative or memoir. There will also be starters to get you going on a new project--or restarted on an old one.

See https://meredithsuewillis.com/mswclasses.html


The sessions will be posted every two weeks, with work due before the next posting, two weeks later.

The Fall 2019 schedule is as follows:





Friday, October 4, 2019 Registration ends.

Monday October 7, Session One posted.

Monday October 21, Session Two posted.

Monday November 4, Session Three posted.

Monday November 18, Session Four posted.

Monday December 2: All work for response must be turned in by this date.





The fee is $200, payable in advance by personal check.



To apply, e-mail meredithsuewillis@gmail.com with a description of how you think this online class would help you. If you are accepted into the class, you will receive more details, including where to find the sessions when they are posted and a snail-mail address for payment.

Enrollment is limited. Registration ends Friday, October 4, 2019.

MSW's general web page is https://www.meredithsuewillis.com.