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Mary Lamphere

A few weeks ago, I forgot my phone at home when I left for a four day conference.


You know I didn’t mean to do that.
You know our cell phones are now an extension of our bodies.
You know when you don’t have it, you feel discombobulated– like something is off.
You feel naked, exposed.
You’re uncomfortable, there’s a haunting in the back of your mind– what’s missing?
What have I forgotten?
Did I turn off the stove? Did I let the dogs out? Did I lock the door?
What, what, what?!

Oh yeah. My phone. Sigh.
Sure, that’s “all” but you still panic a little each time.

The worse part is the buzzing in your back pocket. But wait, your pocket is empty.
That’s just your butt.
You are suffering from PPS, or Phantom Phone Syndrome.
It’s a very real thing. The buzzing, knocking, pinging.
You hear it. You feel…

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Mary Lamphere

I’m in with the “In” crowd
I go where the “In” crowd goes
I’m in with the “In” crowd
And I know what the “In” crowd knows

Sure, my friends and I are smart and cool and tons of fun, but in this case, “In” is short for Institute, as in the UW-Madison Writers’ Institute.

This year’s Institute was the best one yet (for me). I didn’t have the stress of pitching but I did have the honor of participating on a panel discussion regarding the Benefits of Critique with Kathleen Tresemer and Catherine Conroy, moderated by Kristin Oakley. Despite not getting a lot of love on the website, being scheduled Saturday night at 6:30 against a stellar team in the room next door, and competing with the Elite Eight (then Final Four, now in the championship game) Badgers, we had an impressive turn-out. It was a great experience and I think…

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In Print Writers

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In Print is proud to announce WORD OF ART TWO!
We are now accepting Word submissions.

Author Guidelines:
Word submissions are open from Feb. 14 – March 21, 2015.
Work can be any genre– fiction, non-fiction, poetry, etc.
Subject matter is at your discretion, but please, nothing of a graphic nature.
Stories must be original and previously unpublished.
Stories must NOT exceed a 200 word count, poetry limit is 16 lines (20 max with breaks). Submissions exceeding the word or line count will not be posted.
All submissions must have a title. This will be the title of the accompanying art piece as well.
You may submit up to 3 pieces, but no more than two may be published.
Submit your work to in the body of the email, no attachments.
Multiple submissions should be sent separately.
Include name, address, phone and a brief bio, 50 words or less…

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Nicely done, Jessica!

Deadly Ever After

TODAY’S BREW: Bathtub Brew. That’s how much I need.

By Julie

Jessica Bloczynski is a writer like you read about. She’s the one that can’t stop. She cannot stop writing. Doesn’t know how. Does it all day and night. If you’re up, she’s writing. I love her for it. She has the rare sort of writing that I get addicted to. If she writes it, I’ll read it. You can read it here today and also on Follow her on Twitter


By Jessica Bloczynski

The first thing they tell you about living in a haunted house is that you need salt. Little crystal shakers. Big blue boxes with yellow umbrella girls on the side. Your collection of beach-glass worn smooth and salty to the taste even decades after you collected them with grubby fingers.

They tell you salt is the trick, so you line the sills with blues and…

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In Print Writers

The March 7, 2015 day-long writing workshop conducted by Ron Kuka, the Creative Writing Program Coordinator of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, exceeded all expectations. Participants left feeling confident and primed with tools to improve their writing.


During the morning session, Ron demonstrated how good prose contains the ability to move a reader’s eye as if the reader is in a vivid and continuous dream. It’s important to never disrupt the dream or let the eye wander. We worked on exercises using perspective—up close and personal, mid-range, as well as long shots. We charted our manuscript movement like a storyboard, action by action. He pointed out that creating anxiety is an alert for our readers and the best way to achieve that connection is through the senses. Ron said, “When you have the reader in the palm of your hand, squeeze.” Honing in on sensory eliciting details and creating tension and…

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In Print Writers

by Chris Cacciatore

I create stories because that’s who I am.

Ever since I can remember, I have been writing.  A high school English teacher once took a creative writing paragraph I wrote as an assignment and put it on the board after reading it in front of the class and giving it an A.  To me, that was validation that I had a way with words that the majority of my classmates did not.

After that, I had self confidence enough to submit several stories for the Wildcat Review, a collection of stories put out at the end of the year, and every single story I submitted was chosen.

That was not what kept me writing, however.  It was a burning desire to keep going, keep entertaining, and keep honing what I now considered a craft.  I wrote to amuse my sister and my mother, and impress my best…

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