Crescent’s new one-day workshop What’s a writing practice? Practice makes practice. No calling or enterprise worthy of the name is ever perfected or learned just once.“A writing practice” means that you make writing a regular part of your life. That simple; that complex. Whether you are just beginning to write or undertaking your first (or fifteenth) novel, whether you write… Read More
“My late father, Maurice Zolotow, was a Hollywood biographer, a professional freelance writer and passionate reader. Whenever I went through hard times, personally or professionally, Maurice could be counted on to tell me two things. The first was advice: ‘Write your way out of it!’ he’d bark, directively. But then, more thoughtfully, he’d say, ‘It’s all material, Cres. Nothing is wasted on the writer.’
“These are words I’ve lived and written by; they have allowed me to find meaning and purpose in every age, stage, experience adventure and misadventure in life. Here, I do it again, focusing on our lives, mine and yours, as writers. I give some advice; I tell some stories.
"Thanks for the title, Maurice.”
Sometimes, I swear I can still smell the smoke. Exactly two months and seventeen days after I became the legal owner of the farm, its kitchen exploded. On the face of it, this might be a humiliating thing for a cookbook author to confess, let alone one who also once set her hair on fire during a cooking demonstration (accidentally,… Read More
I like the kind of menus where ingredients are sourced. You know, "Salad of Hill Farm Limestone Lettuce with Iowa Maytag Blue-Cheese, Terra Ranch Scallions & Peaches, Sonoma County Olive Oil & Meyer Lemon." I have been known to drive twenty miles, or walk twenty blocks, out of my way to eat at a Persian or vegetarian restaurant, or even… Read More
testimonials: what Fearless alumni say “Crescent Dragonwagon’s Fearless Writing course is inspiring and original. I loved it, and recommend it often and enthusiastically to both established and aspiring writers. “ — Julia Child, television personality, chef and author of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, Fearless Writing alumni (Providence, Rhode Island, 2000) * ” I entered the class certain that I… Read More