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New issue of The Hamilton Stone Review (no. 36, spring 2017) now online!

Poetry by Chris Abbate, Michael Aird, Bruce Alford, Lisa Bellamy, Tony Beyer, Ace Boggess, Carrie Bond, Michelle Brooks, Richard Cecil, Natalie Crick, Norita Dittberner-Jax, William Doreski, Abigail George, Howie Good, James Grabill, Nels Hanson, Michael Hettich, Alicia Hoffman, Clara B. Jones, Sandra Kolankiewicz, Kristin LaFollette, Allie Longn Kevin J.B. O’Connor, Al Ortolani, Roger Pfingston, Daniel Pravda, Zack Rogow, Terry Savoie, Barry Seiler, D.E. Steward, Lynn Strongin, Tim Suermondt, Ben Swimm, Pepper Trail, Lisa Zimmerman; Fiction by Ellen Conley, Troy Hill, Halvard Johnson, Lynda Schor, and Jane Stark; Nonfiction by Edward Myers. 

And you may want to sign up for poem-a-day. The Poem-a-day people are featuring poems about immigrants this week.

Writers and others: Do you have a website? Here are some resources on my Resources for Writers Page on making one or choosing someone to make one for you.

New poem by Marilyn Hacker about "The Dark Times."

Teachers & Writers Magazine online republished an article of mine on teaching middle schoolers to write long stories and novels. You may also see the .pdf file of the article here.

A new piece in A Journal of Practical Writing on how Virginia Woolf uses the omnisicent point of view.

Newest writing exercise--a mirror.

We just passed the anniversary of the Buffalo Creek Flood (February 26, 1972) in which a coal mining company's holding pond broke and killed 125 people and devastated a West Virginia community.


Books for Readers #189 with a piece by Denton Loving on J.D. Vance as well as reviews of books by Phillip Lopate, Judith Hoover, Ferrante, Choderlos de Laclos, Trollope, Mitch Levenberg and more.

Blog with warnings for writers--has been around a long time. ("Writer Beware")x

My interview with my former student Helen Wan, author of The Partner Track, is now online at the NYUSPS Center for Applied Liberal Arts blog.

An old essay newly online: "Writing Out of the Region,"Appalachian Journal, Volume 18, Number 3, Spring 1991 (University Hall, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608)

See more of MSW's recent activities here.

Short piece in The Practical Writer on how Anthony Trollopoe wrote all those pages.

MSW' s upcoming appearances

Some contemporary writers write about writing sex scenes.

Recent Poems I like:

A poem of what a mirror sees and has seen by Gail Mazur.

Poem of comfort in desolation, by Ellen Bass

Here's a wonderfully heavy yet surprisingly uplifing poem by Emilia Phillips with lonely people in restaurants and a dead dream horse.

More poetry: a series of anti-Keystone pipeline poems by one of my favorite professors, Karl Patten.  The poems are introduced by Cynthia Hogue.

Article (with links to some of her wonderful poems) about Naomi Replansky.

Poem about honoring the recently assassinated Americans.

A reading from 2001 by Crystal Wilkinson of her poem "Dear Johnny P."

20 apps (most free) to help your writing

Hamilton Stone Editions #35 Fall 2016 is ready to read!  Top-shelf Poetry! Knock 'em dead fiction! Powerful nonfiction! 

Blog entry about this image.


Diane Simmons interviewed by MSW at Wordsbookstore in Maplewood, New Jersey 9-16-16

Write-up about MSW at the West Virginia Library Commission

The Writer's Digest online version has a lot of good craft articles and blog posts for free. Go to the main page of their website, and up in the right hand top corner, search for a topic that interests you: point-of-view, good hooks, whatever.

From She Writes-- ways to maximize your website.

E-books by Meredith Sue Willis

Are you thinking of writing for young adults? How old is a "young adult?" Do you know about "NewAdult" novels? See links on Articles for Writers page.

Updated Biography  of Meredith Sue Willis--including an old news photo from 1968 when I was part of the anti-war sit-ins at Columbia University.

Updated Information on bringing Meredith Sue Willis to your book group, library, or school.




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Meli's Way is now an e-book for Kindle and other formats!
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MSW E-books!

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