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The Being-for-Itself

The Being-for-Itself

A session with Leora Skolkin-Smith In 1969, Jane Alpert a good-looking upper-middle-class Jewish girl who was an honors student at Swarthmore College, conspired to bomb eight government and commercial office buildings in New York City. She was arrested when other participants in her group were caught planting dynamite in National Guard trucks. She pleaded guilty […]

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Going Deep in a Sensory Bath: The Art of Immersive Fiction

A session by Dr. John L. Hart and Olivia Rupprecht The scent of Mary Jane and incense and the sound of Fleetwood Mac wafted through the air of Haight Ashbury. A shave-headed goateed hipster in bell bottoms and classic Air Jordans flashed a peace sign that didn’t match his snarled, “What’s your bag, dude?” Izzy […]

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Getting the Details Right

Getting the Details Right

A Session with Susan Israel Like every aspiring writer, you’ve probably heard the adage “Write what you know” more than once…more like a thousand times. But few if any successful authors know everything about their subject matter, their characters, their settings, without doing at least some research and usually a great deal of it. If […]

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Nine Pet Peeves of a Terrorism and Law Enforcement Expert

Nine Pet Peeves of a Terrorism and Law Enforcement Expert

A Session with Simon Gervais Simon has been: in the Canadian military, a drug investigator, a member of a federal anti-terrorism unit, and a close-protection specialist tasked with guarding foreign heads of state visiting Canada… A few days ago, my wife came back all smiles from a major shopping spree. From her blue eyes, radiant […]

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The Facts in Fiction

The Facts in Fiction

A Session with Jeremy Burns Julius Caesar knew his moment had come. His armies gathered behind him, he was prepared to cross the point of no return. Once he crossed that pivotal river, the Potomac, he and his legion would be committed to overthrowing the King of Rome and declaring himself emperor. He looked skyward […]

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