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Author Archives: Susan Shapiro

10 Rules for Writing Opinion Pieces

Freelance on the fly by mastering the opinion piece.

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9 Steps to Standing Out in Your Cover Letter

A solid cover letter ensures your first impression isn’t your last.

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Nonfiction: Avoid the Poison Pen

“What if I don’t want to offend anybody?" As a teacher of first-person writing who has published three provocative memoirs that my family hates, I’m often asked this question. It’s a conundrum for all authors. The great novelist E.L. Doctorow once told me there were stories he wouldn’t publish until certain relatives died—and he writes fiction! 
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The Don’ts of Writing Nonfiction

When it comes to writing nonfiction, there are several rules you must follow. This "Don’t List"covers the basics.

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Nonfiction: Q&As

“There’s no Q&A protocol. You can write the manual,” The New York Times Magazine journalist Deborah Solomon told Columbia Journalism Review in the summer of 2005. Yet a recent controversy over Solomon’s Q&A interviewing techniques in her own weekly column proved her wrong about the lack of protocol for this popular but peculiar genre. Read more

Nonfiction: Personal Essays

Here’s how to tell an engaging intimate narrative with insight, humor and candor. Read more