Christina Baker Kline: Writing Practices from the Author of Orphan Train

Christina Baker Kline: Writing Practices from the Author of Orphan Train

To get from the seed of an initial idea to a published book, writers have to discover the habits and practices that work best for them. Christina Baker Kline published several works before her most recent novel, Orphan Train, sold over 2 million copies. While her previous books did not attract immediate attention in the way Orphan Train did, her writing…

Karen Abbott: 3 Things Writers can Learn from the Bestselling Nonfiction Author

Karen Abbott: 3 Things Writers can Learn from the Bestselling Nonfiction Author

Historical nonfiction is not a genre I normally dive into, but after listening to best-selling author Karen Abbott speak, I couldn’t be more eager to read her book. Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy interweaves the stories of four women who risked everything during the Civil War. Abbott began her speech by saying that she prefers her protagonists to…

Surviving Creativity: UI Professor Explains our Resistance to Change

Surviving Creativity: UI Professor Explains our Resistance to Change

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin   Over happy hour martinis and stuffed peppers one evening, my friend brought up a good point; Des Moines, the city we live in, has incredible opportunities for personal development that we could…