My blog: http://dallaswoodburn.blogspot.com/
Writing is my absolute passion and I feel incredibly blessed that I am able to pursue it as a career. I have published two collections of short stories and my first novel is represented by the wonderful Foundry Literary + Media. My short fiction was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in Arcadia Journal, Monkeybicycle, The Newport Review, and flashquake, among others. I studied Creative Writing at the University of Southern California and the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. In August, I am entering the M.F.A. Program at Purdue University and I could not be more thrilled.
I am also the founder of a youth literacy foundation called Write On! that encourages kids and teens to discover confidence, joy, a means of self-expression and connection to others through reading and writing. Projects include fun writing workshops; short story, poetry, and essay contests; an annual Summer Writing Camp; and an annual Holiday Book Drive that has collected and donated more than 11,000 new books to disadvantaged and at-risk youth. I am always looking for passionate people to join the cause. If you are interested or would like more information, check out my website at http://www.writeonbooks.org
I cannot imagine not writing. I think I would go insane.
I find inspiration from music, paintings, friends, arguments. Dreams, long walks, the outdoors. A mug of tea. Chocolate.
Also, quotes. A few of my favorites:
"There is no perfect time to write. There's only now." - Barbara Kingsolver
"I nearly always write, just as I nearly always breathe." - John Steinbeck
"First, please yourself." - Elizabeth Berg
"Write with passion! Write with love!" - Ray Bradbury
Too many to list, but here is a sampling on my mind at the moment: Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, Death of a Salesman, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Girl With a Pearl Earring, The Shipping News; short stories by Aimee Bender, Lorrie Moore, Raymond Carver, Tobias Wolfe, Charlotte Holmes.
Thank you so much for fave-ing The Silence of Harold. I do love that old dude. :-)
Thanks for the kind comments and fave on "Down Cellar." I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Thanks for commenting on "10 Unofficial Jobs..." Happy you reviewed and I'm sure I'll see you around Fictionaut!
I meant to say thank you, too, for your great comments on Miss. Wow, I’m so not brilliant today. I’m going to blame it on the lack of sleep! Take care.
*were* just brilliant :)
It’s so great to meet you here Dallas! Congrats on all you’ve achieved! I was just reading above about Write On! – what an amazing project! I will have to check it out, as well as more of your work, in the very near future. Great books up there too. I just read The Shipping News a few months ago and thought the style and voice was just brilliant.
Dallas, thanks for your super nice note on Girl. I look forward to reading more of your work.
Dallas, thanks so much for reading and commenting on my story!
Thank you for your lovely comment about "Villa Monterey Apartment", Dallas! I look forward to reading your work!
I'm pleased you enjoyed my poem, Dallas. :-)
Happy navigating on fictionaut!