Michelle Mundy Piasecki

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All the Places in the U.S. Where You Can Go to College for Free

See if you qualify.<p>You’ve probably seen headlines recently about free public college programs in New York and Tennessee. But free college tuition …

Here's How Elizabeth Gilbert (Bestselling Author of Eat, Pray, Love) Writes - Copyblogger

Very few writers, regardless of their specialty, can claim the honors of a National Book Award nomination, a hat-trick of National Magazine Award …

Writing

10 Small Changes Everyone Should Make Next Year

I am not a fan of New Year's resolutions. I appreciate the sentiment behind them, but I believe most resolutions are doomed to failure. Why? Because resolutions are generally too vague (or extreme) and most people don't know how to create a realistic plan for making them happen.<p>I think you should …

Brazil

Why I Write by George Orwell

About Why I Write<p><b>A selection of George Orwell’s politically charged essays on language and writing that give context to his dystopian classic, …

Literature

How I Got My Literary Agent: Richard Ellis Preston

<b>“How I Got My Agent”</b> is a recurring feature on the Guide to Literary Agents Blog, with this installment featuring Richard Ellis Preston, author of …

Writing

Life Lessons from Winnie the Pooh

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

The 9 Best Books for Meaningful Change

Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...<p>Yes, its that time again: New Year's is almost upon us. Regardless of where you stand on New Year's resolutions, the new calendar can serve as a helpful reminder about the only true constant in all of our lives: <i>change</i>.<p>Like it or not, we are all always changing and adapting to …

Laurie Penny on reading, love and loss: The first time my father caught fire, I was nine years old

The first time my father caught fire, I was nine years old. I can’t have been much older, because it was around that time that Dad, still living with …

3 Steps to Reading Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

<i>While we at the Riot take some time off to rest and catch up on our reading, we’re re-running some of our favorite posts from the last several</i> …

Reading ahead: 2014 fiction preview

From a welcome new novel by EL Doctorow to the year's likely bestsellers, we pick the literary highlights of 2014<p>There often seems to be something unshakable about the gestation cycles of great novelists. Over a career, favourite writers settle on a publishing rhythm that both suggests an …

Young Adult Sci-Fi That Will Get Readers Psyched About Science

I've loved biology since I was a child. I needed no prodding to learn about the life cycles of animals and plants, about the microscopic cities of organelles within a cell. But in other realms of science and mathematics, fiction enticed me to explore areas I wouldn't have.<p>Laura Ingalls Wilder's</i> …

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.<p>The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: They say Pleyel could have survived by adapting …