Martha Conway

About me

I’m the author of novels Sugarland, Thieving Forest, and 12 Bliss Street, which was nominated for an Edgar Award. My short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, Folio, Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. I graduated from Vassar College and received my master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Currently, I am an instructor of Creative Writing at Stanford University’s Online Writers Studio and UC Berkeley Extension.

From my website

Get Scary!

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE Stephen King to start your narrative with something scary. You don’t even have to be writing a horror story. Maybe you just want to grab your reader’s attention right away. Starting with a scary scene or description not only grabs a reader’s emotion—which is a…

The Cold Open – Begin with a question

WHEN YOU BEGIN your novel using certain techniques, such as “In media res” (in the middle of the thing) or “At the last possible moment,” you are deliberately planting a question in your readers mind. In the first instance, the question is “What is going on?” and in the second,…

Just received my ARC!

A big box of Advance Review copies came in the mail last week. I’m totally thrilled! It’s 1838, and May Bedloe works as a seamstress for her cousin, the famous actress Comfort Vertue—until their steamboat sinks on the Ohio River. Though they both survive, both must find new employment. Comfort…

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