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  • My friends over at One Story (the nonprofit lit mag, and the only magazine I subscribe to at present!) alerted me to a workshop they're doing this weekend and next. It's one-on-one short story coaching. I know this weekend sold out, but there are still a couple slots for next weekend (3/21). By the way, if you like short stories, One Story is for you. Because it's nonprofit the subscription is really cheap ($21 for a year, 18 issues, within the US; a little more for international). Here's their mission statement, and here are their past authors/stories--check the rather high number of writers...
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Recently, the writer and neurologist Alice W. Flaherty has argued that literary creativity is a function of specific areas of the brain, and that writer's block may be the result of brain activity being disrupted in those areas.