Category Archive: Writing

Dec 29

Rejecting Rejection with Cory Putman Oakes


Hope everyone had a jolly holiday. In this week’s rejecting rejection, author Cory Putman Oakes tells us about her many rejections before finally getting to a point where she wanted to be. Cory Putman Oakes has a book coming out in February 2015. “Getting a book published is tough.” -Oakes. Rationalizing Rejection By Cory Putman …

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Dec 22

Rejecting Rejection with Jen White

This week’s Rejecting Rejection with Jen White is all about figuring out what to do with our so-called “Black-Dogs”. White reminds us that even though you might be a writer, writing is never easy. Happy Monday from The Writing Barn!! Have a good week everyone.  How to Make Friends with your Black Dog By Jen …

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Dec 16

Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian, SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE & THE LONG GAME, LECTURE ONLY spots $100 OR $175 for Both Lectures


The Writing Barn presents: The Art of the Sale: with best-selling authors Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian January 8-11, 2015. A lecture only coupling will take place January 9-10, with two different lecture options, and there are a limited number of seats for each! Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian aren’t just BFFs. They’re also bestselling YA novelists …

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Dec 08

Rejecting Rejection with Holly Green

Monday at The Writing Barn, and it’s a cold one. But that’s okay, because we have a new rejecting rejection piece to read while snuggled up by a fire with a cup of coffee. This week’s Rejecting Rejecting with author Holly Green helps us remember that sometimes the most motivating and inspiring aspects of writing …

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Nov 03

Rejecting Rejection with Jennifer Wolf Kam

We hope this Rejecting Rejection starts your morning off right. Rejection comes in all shapes and sizes and writers seem to get the biggest piece. So here is a little something to make the sting laughable and to help you through those moments where giving up feels like an option. Thanks Jennifer! Grit and Chocolate …

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Oct 13

Rejecting Rejection with Jennifer Baker


Permission Granted by: Jennifer Baker Year 1: I wrote several drafts of a piece for Mikayla. I rejected them all and sat, staring at the new blank document in front of me. What did she want? What did she want? What did she want? Year 2: As soon as I opened a document ready to …

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Sep 09

Rejecting Rejection: The Resurrection of Johnny Cash, with author Greg Neri

We kicked off 2014 with Bethany Hegedus (owner and creative director of The Writing Barn, author) with her 10+ year journey to seeing Grandfather Gandhi published. Today we welcome Greg Neri, author of hard-hitting novels Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, Surf Mules, Chess Rumble and more with the story behind the story …

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Feb 24

Rejecting Rejection with author Betsy Franco

We hope writers look forward to Mondays with us at The Writing Barn. We enjoy sharing them with you. Today novelist, actress, poet, anthologist, mom (to three handsome sons, including actor James Franco), Betsy Franco joins us sharing her tale of publishing perseverance.  Welcome, Betsy. Rejection is My Middle Name (but that’s okay) by Betsy …

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Feb 19

What My Last Book Taught Me Wednesday with Cynthia Levinson

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Next up in the What My Last Book Taught Me series is children’s author Cynthia Levinson’s story of her critically acclaimed book, “We’ve Got a Job.” She even received praise from the President of the Children’s Defense Fund, for telling an “incredible story of a key piece of civil rights history.” Join us as she …

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Jan 13

Rejecting Rejection with author Cori McCarthy

It’s Monday and that means it is time for another Rejecting Rejection: Saying Yes to Yourself When the World Says No blog post. Today, we have with us the one and only Cori McCarthy. Cori’s essay will make you laugh, make you think, and make you praise the heavens that be that the the no’s she …

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