The Department of
Good News/Bad News
H. L. Mencken
"If Mencken had never lived, it would have taken
a whole army of assorted philosophers, monologists, editors
and patrons of the new writing to make up for him. As
it was, he not only rallied all the young writers together
and imposed his skepticism upon the new generation, but
also brought a new and uproarious gift for high comedy
into a literature that had never been too quick to laugh."
"And here too is Mencken, the human being of wildly
contradictory impulses: the skeptic who was prey to small
superstitions, the dare-all warrior who was a hopeless
hypochondriac, the loving husband and generous friend
who was, alas, a bigot."
The Diary of H. L. Mencken
Charles A. Fecher
"Just because the microphone in front of you amplifies
your voice around the world," said Murrow,"
is no reason to think we have any more wisdom than we
had when our voices could reach only from one end of the
bar to the other."
--Edward R. Murrow
"The business man has failed in politics as he has
in citizenship. Why? Because politics is business."
The Father of New Journalism
"I regretted in many ways publishing the book The
New Journalism, because in effect it set down a bunch
of rules and standards by which non-fiction could be practiced.
In a way that undercuts what made it so fresh and original.
There were no rules for non-fiction when the New Journalism
began. There was a great deal of spontaneity and there
was never the sense that it was something to live up to.
That was the charm."
"Incidentally, all movements labeled as "new"
are doomed. They die very quickly. What was new about
it was the utilization of techniques in journalism that
had previously been used only in fiction."
-- Tom Wolfe
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today's economic issues with great optimism. We have
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of the dot-com watershed, the world in turmoil, and
the uncertain times. But, we do believe in stories.
We believe in the written word. We are WordSmitten.
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own native shore), two fiction competitions, and continuing
reports on writing conferences for writers who strive
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Founder and Executive Editor
Kate Sullivan created
the concept for WordSmitten in 1999 and after completing
the business model testing went *live* in February 2001.
A graduate of UCLA, she studied journalism with Jim Howard
(formerly associated with the Los Angeles Times),
was managing editor of New Look Magazine and
in addition to being the Director of Communication for
the University of Hawaii's SBDC was a columnist with a
Hawaii daily newspaper. Her fiction appears in online
and print publications.
Bill Loewenstein who participates in the Word Smitten
site says of Kate Sullivan, "She's the kind of person
who has poker wit. When she talks, people listen and then
she gets them to blow coffee out their noses."
more than thirty years,
Bill Loewenstein has been
a professional writer and writing teacher living both
on the mainland and in the South Pacific. He has a bachelor's
in journalism from Michigan State University and a master's
in communication from Western Michigan University. He
has written for and edited weekly and daily newspapers
in the Pacific, served as a foreign correspondent for
magazines and newspapers, traveled widely throughout
Asia and Indochina, and advised government and non-profit
agencies in the United States. He currently teaches
both fiction and non-fiction writing at Baker College
and Michigan State University. During the years he lived
in the South Pacific he published a widely read island
newspaper, and although he now lives on the mainland,
Word Smitten's team delights in providing Bill with
his own private cyber island within our editorial pages.
As soon as he could, Bill Loewenstein left the daily
grind of running a newspaper, moved from the islands
and found teaching journalism to college students more
interesting than standing watch for a Pacific Ocean
tsunami. He moved from Hawaii to Michigan in the late
1980s and each winter visits Florida where he writes
Kate comments, "I take Bill with me to my writing
group when he's here on a visit. He then spends the
next two days cataloguing our discussions, some rancorous
and some unorthodox, politely guised as critiques of
short stories. He's not to be trusted which is why I
like him. I prefer having friends
who need to be watched."
novelist and editor,
Shelley Singer lives
in Northern California where she teaches creative writing
and for more than a decade has worked with writers as
a manuscript consultant and editor. She is the author
of twelve published novels and many short stories. The
most recent novel is Royal Flush, the sixth Jake
Samson-Rosie Vicente mystery, published by Perseverance
Press/John Daniel & Co. in 1999.
"Shelley Singer is simply the best. I'm reasonably certain
that without her help, my first novel would be buried
in my backyard somewhere, rather than going into its
third printing. She encouraged me from chapter one to
the end, gave me detailed and insightful feedback, and
helped me take an amateur draft of a first novel and
turn it into a polished manuscript.
Nobody can guarantee you success, but if you're already
in the ballpark, Shelley Singer is the coach who can
help you hit a home run."
Rick Riordan, triple-award-winning author of Big
Red Tequila, The Widower's Two-Step, and
The Last King of Texas.
Since 1991, Singer has taught fiction writing at the
University of California Extension in Berkeley and San
Francisco (Mystery and Suspense Writing) and at Santa
Cruz. She holds private workshops as well as one-on-one
manuscript consultations, working with writers individually
on literary novels and in every genre from memoir, mystery,
and science fiction to horror.
is a graduate of the Universities of
London (BA honors) and Southampton (doctorate). A lecturer
in English literature and then a language trainer, she
crossed the English Channel and settled with her husband,
a musicologist, in deepest rural France. She continued
language training in French companies and started producing
teaching materials and translating.
the acceptance of her first piece of creative writing,
a verse play, The Crane, by BBC Radio 3 in 1992,
she has continued to produce poetry, short stories,
feature articles and a novel (published by Zander E-books,
of Warm Snow, a finalist in the 2003
EPPIE awards). Now a freelance writer and editor, she
writes nonfiction, specializing in the environment,
sustainable development and issues relating to the European
Union. However, she continues to write fiction and has
just embarked on a novel set in the seventeenth century.
As a British writer living in France she suffered a
sense of isolation and so had the idea for the website,
which she co-hosts with another British writer, Valerie
Collins, who lives in Spain. Brenda Townsend Hall, Ph.D.,
lives in France.