Yes, please!  Email me your questions about writing, the writing life, or anything book or writing related.  kerri[at]

Except–I don’t comment on manuscripts.  I wish I could, but I have, like, three spare minutes in every day, and I need to use those for my own writing.  I’m sure you understand.  Thanks.

If you happen to have made your way here because you actually want to submit to YARN, my literary journal, great!  But be sure to read the submission guidelines.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

13 thoughts on “Contact

  1. Destiny Newman says:

    I just wanted to say i absolutely loved your webinar! I found it very helpful and informative, so thank you for that.

  2. Karen Johnson says:

    Hi Kerri, I attended your Diologue Webinar today and thought that it was very good.
    Do you have a book where you discuss dialogue?
    Also, can you suggest other books that cover dialogue?
    Thank you,

  3. Thank you Destiny and Karen! Karen–I talk more about dialogue in my book TINAWM, and there are some excellent tutorials on Writers Digest that also give some great advice. If you don’t want to spend more money, Google “dialogue” and you’ll find many excellent blog resources. Good luck and let me know if you have more questions.

  4. Yesterday I had a much needed day off from work. Much needed meaning my job at the moment entails serving “Magic Mushroom soup” and “Funky Q Chicken” pizzas to sometimes-not-the-most-patient customers at Mellow Mushroom in Birmingham, Alabama. “I need to do something productive with my day off. . . with this day off,” I told myself around 10 or 11 a.m. So, eventually I dragged myself to the dreaded gym and made myself go work out. Afterwards, with endorphins flowing, I decided to go search for something (I wasn’t sure what) at Books-a-Million. I skimmed through probably close to one hundred books on writing. I sat indian style in the “English/Language” section for nearly three hours skimming and reading the backs of various works. “This is Not a Writing Manual” remained in the top few of my prospective purchases. Hopefully I’m not the only one who has this kind of trouble committing to buying a few books. But, hey, I’m not made of money! I guess I should cut to the chase, since I know your time is precious.
    I obviously bought and began reading your book at around 11 earlier today. I DID NOT put it down until I finished it. Beginning to end, from time management to the bibliography. I’m laughing to myself now that I’m writing this comment to you, because, well, I’ve spent all of my day reading your work. I love that your target audience is primarily young writers. I’m 23 years old, but I’m still undoubtedly a “young writer.” I graduated in May 2012 with a BA in English Literature, and I feel like I’ve been stuck ever since trying to find which direction to take. No motivation to do more, not enough courage to put myself out there and try to get a “big girl” job. Worst of all, I’ve stopped doing what I love the most: writing. I just wanted to say thank you. Thank you for giving me somewhat of a post-college kick in my ass. Your book truly presented me with a new perspective on some issues I’ve been grappling with. I look forward to putting some of this new knowledge into practice. I’ve been using the excuse that my schedule is too hectic and taxing on me mentally to find time and energy to write something worthwhile. I actually want and feel like I can start writing again. Of course, I’ll have your book close by if I begin to stray from the path. I wish you the best of luck in all of your writing endeavors!

  5. Molly! Thank you for reading, and for WRITING! What a compliment! PLease keep me posted on your progress!

  6. I’ve been an aspiring writer my whole life. When I was in high school, I would skip class, sneak to the gym, that was dark to save money, and sit on the balcony and write. Writing was my refuge from the onslaught of teenage hormones and pheromones and all the other-mones we seem to put off in that stage of life. When I got to college I majored in English and minored in Creative Writing.

    Now I’m a high school English teacher and the passion for writing still burns. I am the sponsor of a creative writing club, and I’m in the process of finding the funds to put TINAWM into the hands of my freshman and sophomore creative writers. I wish that I had had a copy of this book when I was in high school.

    Thank you so much for following your passion all the way to this publication.


  7. Casey–What a huge honor! Thank you for reading…and writing (in general, and this comment specifically). And please let me know if there is any way I can connect more personally with your students!

  8. Karen Gustafson says:

    Is your book, This Is Not A Writers’ Manual, available in hard cover? I would like to order 25 copies for a classroom but need to do it by using a school purchase order. Can you refer me to any companies that carry your book in hard cover? Thanks.


  9. Hi KAren–I tried to find a way to email you, but didn’t see an address. Can you email me: kerri[at] Thanks!

  10. I’m a 17 year old senior in high school. I absolutely LOVE reading and make it a point to go to my school library every morning. I saw your book TINAWM showcased on top of one of the shelves about a week ago and the title made me curious. Reading the back info made me realize that this book was basically written for me because I’ve wanted to a YA author since the seventh grade and here I am senior year, still enchanted by the idea. I handwrote a 250-page novel for 8 months during the summer after my seventh grade year and subsequently finished its 260-page sequel 8 months later. My problem was that after I finished those two novels I kind of lost my inspiration and couldn’t bring myself to commit to any of the 1000 stories I started. After this prolonged writers’ block, I just knew I was meant to read your book and I was absolutely right! I’m finishing it up today and tomorrow and I’m almost sad to be arriving at the last chapter but boy oh boy have I learned a lot! I completely loved how personal the book was and that you took the time to explain all these aspects of writing because I’ve been trying to research some things about agents and publishing for when I become an author. It definitely opened my eyes and fixed some misconceptions I had about being an author. I guess what I want to say in short is thank you SO much for writing this wonderful book that I could hardly stop reading!

    • PS. I’ve been wanting to write a short story for a while now, thinking it might help me get back into the metaphorical writing saddle. I’m more of a novel writing kind of gal and I realize I don’t know a lot about short stories despite all the research I’ve tried to do. Any tips or examples of short stories that you can think of? Thank you!

  11. HI Yinsi,

    Thank you for commenting, and for READING! I am so thrilled and honored to know that TINAWM helped you. For short stories, I’d direct you to YARN, my literary journal, which publishes AY short stories, essays, and poetry. As with novels, the important thing is to read, read, read. ASk yourself why certain things work and don’t work? Ask yourself why this is a short story, and not a novel? What is different about the genres? For more EXCELLENT short stories, some of my favorite authors are F. SCott Fitzgerald and Jumpha Lahiri (the Interpreter of Maladies is unsurpassed). There is also Lorrie Moore and Alice Munro–expert practitioners. Have fun with it, and keep in touch! –Kerri

  12. Hi Amy,

    THANKS SO MUCH for your lovely, long post on my website. I am honored to have helped you! How did the rest of the workshop go this summer?

    So sorry it took me so long to see your post and respond. I kind of took the summer off.

    I also wasn’t sure if you wanted me to make your post live for others to see- I’m happy to do so, but wanted to check first. ALso, I tried to email you but it bounced back. You can try me at kerri[at]


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