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Writing About Love

What is on a writer’s mind as he writes about love between his characters? I’ve been asked this question numerous times by book clubs.You might ask the same question about any number of topics. What goes through your mind as you write about eating chocolate?...

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13 February
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When Is it Perfect Enough?

A first grade teacher was asked by a visitor to her classroom how she managed to inspire such wonderful drawings from her young students. The teacher responded: “I know when to take the crayons away.”On the other hand, the renowned painter, Pierre Bonnard—and perhaps others—was...

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03 January
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Change That Matters

When I wrote Bloodlines, I knew how important good teachers were to the future of South Africa, but I couldn’t have known how long the shortage of good teachers would last; or how long it would take to train enough of them to fill every...

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14 December