Category Archives: Social Issues

The Integration Situation: The 1927 Emerson School Boycott

As a special education teacher, I said I would never write a story about teaching or schools. But in researching the history of my hometown of Gary, Indiana, I discovered rich–and sometimes infamous–stories about not only the city itself, but … Continue reading

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Character Descriptions: A Perspective on “Coloring” to Your Fictional World

There is a pancake house in my area that has the brightest sign on the street. Electric blues, yellows and pinks flash across the screen advertising specials and hours of operation. Among all the other businesses, this restaurant is impossible to … Continue reading

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To Be (Or Not To Be) A Socially-Conscious Writer

I’m wrapping up 2014 with a post I’d previously published on the Indiana Writers Consortium blog. Enjoy and see you all in 2015! I don’t consider myself to be a socially-conscious writer. I haven’t blogged about the recent grand jury … Continue reading

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