Books That Should Be on Every Writer’s Shelf

I write and teach others how to write, so I have the pleasure/pain of reading and working with lots of books about writing. Recently, my mom asked me a seemingly simple question: “What books do you recommend to learn about writing?” Alas, my brain circuits fried: there are so many! Where to begin? However, now […]

News Flash: Employers Want Grads Who Can Read, Write

As a Comp I professor, I am regularly surprised and disheartened every semester by the quality of writing I get from my students. These are high-school graduates who scored high enough on a placement test to enter freshman English, and yet, I would estimate at least 25 percent of them use words like “thru” and […]

Support Your Local Authors!

I am very fortunate in that I live in a very creative community. Fayetteville, Ark., believe it or not, is filled with artists of all kinds, including writers. I’m also fortunate in that I’ve known many incredibly talented writers and been in critique groups with them, which, thanks to their feedback, has made me a […]

Great Writer Networking Tool

Hello friends and fellow writers, I apologize for the lack of posts lately – I’ve been embroiled in separate writing projects that have taken all my time and energy. But fear not: I haven’t forgotten Nerdy Words Blog! I ran across this on the incredibly awesome GalleyCat blog (check the tab for Writer Resources – […]