Author Archives: Jan Vanek

Author Interview with Jan Morrill

Originally posted on Book 'Em Book Club:
Today we welcome author Jan Marler Vanek Book ‘Em:  Tell us about you and your life outside of writing. Jan Marler Vanek:  I am a wife, mom, grandma, sister, daughter, friend and writer.…

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Creative Characterization at The Writer’s Garret

What makes a story memorable to you? For me, it’s the character, and I love discovering writers’ characters in my Creative Characterization workshops. This four-week workshop at The Writer’s Garret will cover several of the methods I’ve used to create … Continue reading

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The Commonality of Totality

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post. Why? Because lately it seems what most inspires me to write has to do with what divides us. But over the last few days, and especially today, as Americans … Continue reading

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The Slippery Slope of Passivity and Prejudice

Memorial Day. A day we honor our fallen soldiers for their bravery and sacrifice. I tend to be a relatively passive person. I could attribute this to a philosophy of “Live and let live,” or “To each his own,” a belief that … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Poetry Month

Originally posted on Life: Haiku by Haiku:
April is National Poetry Month! Poets.org lists “30 Ways to Celebrate.” My favorite on the list is: Put a poem in a letter. But, I modified it a bit. During the month of…

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