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I'm a San Francisco author and writing teacher here to provide resources for writers of any level of experience. I am the author of the novels Extraordinary Means (William Morrow) and California Street (Simon & Schuster), as well as two books on writing: Get that Novel Started and Get that Novel Written, both published by Writer's Digest Books. Visit often for updates about newly released books and trends in publishing. Send me a message--and be sure to read and add your comments on my new blog, below.

Romancing the Novel

Posted by Donna Levin on August 02, 2015 | Read More & Add Comments >>

            When you think of California novelists, you probably think first of Jack London or Wallace Stegner—but some of California’s most prolific authors are romance novelists.

I joined them last week, along with hundreds more romance writers from around the country, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the 2015 Romance Writers of America Conference.

Libraries: Still for Everyone

Posted by Donna Levin on July 29, 2015 | Read More & Add Comments >>

Is the printed word becoming as old-fashioned a way to tell stories as carving figures into totem poles?

If you attended the American Library Association Convention at Moscone Center last week you would know that books are not only alive and well, but beloved my many, including the over 22,000 librarians, library workers and library supporters who attended.

Take the ME out of "Me"moir

Posted by Donna Levin on June 09, 2015 | Read More & Add Comments >>

            According to Wikipedia, the lazy researcher’s friend, the first known memoir is Julius Caesar’s Commentarii de Bellico Gallico,( Commentaries on the Gallic Wars,in case your Latin is rusty), his account of “the nine years that he spent fighting local armies in the Gallic Wars.”

            Fast forward about two thousand years.  An Irishman writes a little book called Angela’s Ashes. It’s a triumph both of writing and storytelling and fortunately—because too often this is not the case—it gets the attention it deserves. 

How to Write a Novel in 30 Days (or a Lot More)

Posted by Donna Levin on May 26, 2015 | Read More & Add Comments >>
     The main reason I have never signed up for National Novel Writing Month is that I’m not a joiner.  I don’t like to be identified with a group, unless it’s a very large, amorphous one.  So: I am a writer, yes, and Jewish, bien sur,and I definitely enjoy being a girl, sorry, woman.  That’s pretty much it for me.

Full Inclusion: Twenty Years in the Making

Posted by Donna Levin on May 01, 2015 | Read More & Add Comments >>

         This piece first appeared as a guest blog in Laura Shumaker's column at SFGate.com on April 15, 2015.

          In the fall of 1995, my son Will started kindergarten at Claire Lilienthal Alternative K-8 here in San Francisco.  It was only the second year of their full-inclusion program and there were only a handful of students so included. 

          Will was first diagnosed as PDD-NOS, but by then, just around the time of his sixth birthday, he had grown into the more readily identifiable symptoms of Asperger’s Syndrome: echolalia, perseverative scripting, and a preoccupation with certain narrow interests.  (Actually one: Power Rangers.)

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