Mikesch Muecke

Fundamentally writing is about the sharing of compelling, riveting, awesome stories that captivate readers and transport them into an imaginary space full of (sensory) reality…

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Clara McKenna

I have a passion for details. As reading historical fiction is as close to time travel as we’ll get, colorful, factual details are what draws a reader in and lets them experience both a time and a place…

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Karen Downing

Write the first draft with your heart and the second with your mind. By embracing the mess and frustration of revision, your will craft a piece of writing others may be interested in reading…

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Douglas Gentile

Great writing is not about writing—it’s about rewriting. And more rewriting. And yet more…

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Deb Kline

Never let the fact that you have no idea what you are doing stop you. Find those who have done what you want to do in the way that you want to do it and ask for help…

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Kris Abel-Helwig

As a twenty-one year breast cancer survivor, Kris champions early detection and thriving happily ever after…

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T. Waldmann-Williams, PhD

What inspires me to write? Questions. Poetry, particularly Haikus, have been a part of my writing for decades…

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Miles Tritle

Miles Tritle could try to skate around the obvious, but Stephen King’s work has had a profound impact on him and his writing.

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Pamela Riney-Kehrberg

Pamela Riney-Kehrberg moved to Ames in 2000, when she joined the History Department at Iowa State University. Today, she is a Distinguished Professor of History, and the author or editor of a number of books, including Rooted in Dust: Surviving Drought and Depression in Southwestern Kansas…

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Dennis Maulsby

A military veteran, Dennis is a published author living here in Ames. He has been writing poetry and Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories for over thirty years.

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Maggie Westvold

Our first Author Spotlight, Maggie Westvold, is a published poet and memoirist. She is a founding member of Third Stanza Poets in Ames, Iowa and secretary of the Iowa Poets Association (IPA).

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Olivia Hill

Olivia is a published short-story author and playwright of over five plays that have been produced in multiple states.

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