“Thank you, Lorraine. This was a thoughtful and important piece. The responses you received indicate more work to do in this area. Brava!” Talking Writing reader • “Holy Shit! You wrote the article I’ve been making everyone read! Thank you!” Raw Story reader • "This RESONATES with me, big time. I'm so glad you wrote this essay!" LitHub reader • “Excellent article with some extremely interesting referencing to literature and popular culture. Many thanks.” The Guardian reader • “Fascinating — and sobering — article. Thanks for doing this research, Lorraine.” Talking Writing reader • "Yes, yes, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. I think you hit the nail on the head..." LitHub reader
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Lorraine Berry: Widely published writer (Salon, Talking Writing, The Guardian (UK), LitHub, Raw Story, Diagram, etc.), editor, researcher, and blogger. Taught creative nonfiction and magazine-writing courses at SUNY-Cortland.
Rob Stiene: Award-winning designer & writer, copywriter, reporter, TV commercial producer, and freelance creative director. Past VP of one ad agency, creative director for two, with extensive experience in healthcare and financial marketing.
You spend thousands on a new logo and your marketing of it. In Your Logo: Rule Number One, Rob looks at how, in one particular case, a basic guideline should not have been overlooked.
Part 1 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images. Lorraine is a regular contributor to The Guardian, Raw Story, LitHub, Talking Writing and others. More at ambersands.net and www.facebook.com/ambersandscreative.com
Part 2 of Lorraine's recent "Writing in the Sand" tutorial about drawing creative writing inspiration from visual images.
In Red Jell-O & Customer Satisfaction, amberSands Creative's Rob Stiene points out that keeping your client (and often your co-workers or staff) happy can mean paying attention to Red Jell-O moments and issues.
Sometimes getting started is the hardest part of writing. As part of her "Writing in the Sand" series, Lorraine talks about how making the abstract real is sometimes a great way to begin.
Marketing is a conversation. But sometimes a conversation is not what it appears to be, as seen in Rob's tale of two business cards.
Billboards and...Sugar: A memorable tip about persuading anyone to keep his or her out-of-home advertising short and sweet!
Talking Writing: "Dear Taylor Swift (and Other White Feminists) - An Open Letter" "You have declared yourself to be a feminist many times, and I like that. Just the act of claiming the “F” word is still radical in many circumstances. I’m also not one of those grumpy old women who think you and your girl squad aren’t real feminists just because you’re popular and pretty. But I do feel obligated, as one white feminist to another, to remind you of a few things....
Raw Story: "Shut up and play ball: Why America can’t handle black athletes who talk about race." "We say that we admire individuals, and the hero who follows his conscience rather than follows the crowd. Perhaps at some point, we’ll actually start celebrating the brave men and women who stand — or sit — for what they believe in." Shared on Facebook 49,000 times in two days.
Raw Story: "If Juanita Broaddrick did not exist, Breitbart would never report on rape—unless the perp was Muslim." "I had feminist friends who had happily adopted their husband’s last names on their wedding days and I had lesbian-separatist feminist friends who were happier not having to deal with men at all. To each her own. As most feminists will tell you, there are a variety of feminisms, and it is not a one-size-fits-all philosophy."
The Guardian: "The horror of female adolescence – and how to write about it." Lorraine's most recent book review for The Guardian: "Why does literature so often depict the onset of sexuality – or indeed any aspect of girls’ growing up – as a strange, feverish thing? Two recent novels, by women, are redressing the balance with heartfelt depictions of teenagers that ring true."
Raw Story: "The media rush to blame the working class for Trump shows they have no idea what they’re talking about." From the comments section: "That was a great article, one of the clearest thoughtful treatments of American society I have seen in a while.” "Lorraine Berry knows what she's talking about. This is some of the best writing I've read today."
Raw Story: "Rape culture and toxic masculinity led to Gretchen Carlson leaving Fox News." Admit it: when Gretchen Carlson announced that she was suing Fox News jefe Roger Ailes for sexual harassment, you did a mental check of what Carlson looked like. Satisfied that a pretty woman like Carlson could have been told by her boss that keeping her job required her performance of sexual acts, you either read further or moved on to another topic, at least satisfied that it could have happened...
LitHub: "We Are All Sisyphus: On Following Soccer, and Family Rivalries.” A literary look at the beautiful game, from Camus to Villoro.
Raw Story: "Florida gambles with children’s health — approves hike in levels of toxic chemicals in state water." Members of the Florida Environmental Regulation Commission voted 3-2 to change over 100 different water standards. The new standards include 39 substances that were not previously regulated. Forty-three other toxics, mostly carcinogens, have had their standards changed.
The Guardian: "Oneida: From Free Love Utopia to the Well-Set Table by Ellen Wayland-Smith — sex, faith and cutlery." How a 19th century religious experiment in free love caved in to a greater god – capitalism.
Raw Story: "Remember Binghamton — the 2009 mass shooting mainstream media still ignores."