Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel

By Anna Brady Marcus As a first time novelist, for years and years my main goal was to get to the end of my first draft. When I wrote the last sentence on page 420 of my novel "After Alice" (working title), I felt euphoric. I bragged about it on Facebook, and slapped myself on … Continue reading Notes from the Writing Trenches: Revising My First Novel

Putting Ghosts to Rest with Love: Interview with Catherine Arra

by Kristen Holt-Browning When I started writing poetry again a couple of years ago, after a decade-long lapse , one of the first people I looked up online was Catherine Arra, my high-school creative writing teacher. I was happy to see that she has continued teaching--and impressed to learn that she has published several books, … Continue reading Putting Ghosts to Rest with Love: Interview with Catherine Arra

On the Importance of Feedback

By Ruta Rimas Hopefully, you’ve already heard the exciting news about how GetLit Beacon is expanding: with a monthly writer’s circle. Starting May 5th, prior to our regular gathering, we will be offering a chance to meet other writers in our community and to give you professional feedback on the first 2 pages of your … Continue reading On the Importance of Feedback

Language and Landscape

by Kristen Holt-Browning I try to hike at least a portion of the Pocket Road trail here in Beacon at least once a week. On my last couple of walks up the trail, I’ve been leaving my headphones and podcasts at home, and instead paying extra careful attention to the rapidly evolving foliage, and the … Continue reading Language and Landscape

Let’s Get Political

by Kristen Holt Browning Politics and writing: do they mix? Up until recently, I would have said “no.” I thought works of fiction and poetry that overtly articulated political opinions or worldviews were artless and heavy handed.  But it’s 2018, and regardless of whether you’re liberal, conservative, or somewhere in between, politics is everywhere. A … Continue reading Let’s Get Political