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Author Insights

In this series, we talk to published authors about their journey and what advice they have for aspiring writers.
September 20, 2020
Story: A Bullet in the Night

A street riot in downtown Los Angeles propels a young man to become a Red Cross Volunteer sweating in the jungles of Vietnam. Story by Mark Scheel          The summer of ’67, having just graduated from college and medically exempt from the military draft, I struck out, as they say, for California and soon found […]

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November 27, 2020
An Extraordinary Year for Writers - 2020 in Review...

Exisle Academy was founded during the inferno of 2020. When the publishing world ground to a (mercifully, temporary) halt, our talented and experienced staff from Exisle Publishing and EK Books suddenly found themselves with a rare resource: Time. We decided to use this time to reach out to the many thousands of authors who send […]

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November 11, 2020
The Turning Point - Selected Stories Announced!

Earlier in 2020, Exisle Academy hosted a writing competition with the theme: The Moment My Life Changed. Three finalists and one winner were eventually chosen (congratulations again, Marjorie Counsel), but such was the overall quality of entries received that a decision was made to feature a selection of stories in a resulting anthology, provisionally entitled […]

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October 20, 2020
The Journey Of A Book

A Note From Exisle Publishing CEO, Gareth St John Thomas: You could have thought that after a life time in publishing, and my father was a writer and publisher, and his too, I would know what a book would like and feel like before it came back from the printers. But when the advance of […]

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October 6, 2020
Fearless Footsteps

A Note From Exisle Publishing CEO, Gareth St John Thomas: Of course, we at the Academy believe that good writing is an essential part of life. There is no living writer who cannot improve their work and all of us can learn from other writers. I suggest that it is especially important for memoir writers to […]

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October 3, 2020
Alone in the Time of Covid -19: Writers Can Help

A Note From Exisle Publishing CEO, Gareth St John Thomas: Covid-19 continues to leave a trail of horror in its wake. As writers, we may not be in a position to have a material impact on much of what is occurring, but there are still valuable ways we can help.  My own desk, which is […]

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September 27, 2020
Story: A Farmer's Wife

This beautiful evocative portrayal of the time and place of a negotiatedmarriage proposal, has been written with a golden clarity. The reader enjoys a real sense of the pace, scenery and values of the 1950's rural West Australia. Story by Marjorie Counsel                                       I’m ninety years old, and five years a widow, but the moment that […]

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September 24, 2020
Know Your Audience

Written by Gareth St John Thomas As you know the Academy keeps stressing the need to be clear about your audience and writing for them. There are times though when our audience can be surprising and hidden. Our New Zealand publishing house recently published 'Keepers of History' which highlights the lives of some 35 people over […]

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September 15, 2020
Story: The First Time I Stepped Into the Ocean

A once troubled young woman finds freedom from the weight of memory when she steps into the ocean. Story by Vicky Lopez I had never swam in the ocean before. Having spent the past four years living along the coast in Santa Barbara, I often evaded the task by sitting silently on the sand, admiring […]

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September 9, 2020
Story: The Decision to Run

A quick decision to run changes the life of a young woman in NorthernUganda. By Atim Onen. Sometimes what’s best is what you can not see, hear or feel. But when you have an ear to your story, a story that definitely reveals something about you, it is worth sharing. I have no idea where […]

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