Dallas Woodburn, 20, is the author of two self-published collections of stories, including her latest, 3 a.m., featured on the PBS book talk show "Between the Lines" and available at Amazon.com. She has written articles for numerous national publications including Writer's Digest, The Writer, Family Circle, Cicada, Justine, CO-ED, and Listen, and her stories have appeared in four Chicken Soup for the Soul Books and the anthology So, You Wanna Be a Writer?. A junior at the University of Southern California, Dallas writes a biweekly column for the USC student newspaper The Daily Trojan and has also published pieces in the Los Angeles Times and the Ventura County Star newspapers. In 2000, he created her "Write On!" nonprofit foundation to encourage kids to discover joy, confidence, a means of self-expression and connection with others through reading and writing. Check out her website, www.zest.net/writeon for book reviews, writing contests, author interviews, and how you can! get involved with Write On's annual Holiday Book Drive and help reach the goal of 10,000 new books donated to underprivileged youth by December 2007. You can also contact Dallas through her blog: dallaswoodburn.blogspot.com.
Articles by Dallas Woodburn
Tap Into Your Characters Through Dialogue January 8, 2009 (Dallas Nicole Woodburn) One of my good friends is an aspiring director, and I recently decided to convert one of my stories into a short movie script. I already had the basic plot, the characters, the action -- piece of cake, right? Um ... not quite. (complete article...)
What Does It Take To Be A Writer? October 4, 2007 (Dallas Nicole Woodburn) "If you are meant to be a writer, you will be. No one can stop a writer from writing. Not even Hitler could do that," says Jim Murray, Pulitzer Prize-winning sports columnist. Are you meant to be a writer? What does it take? Do you have to go to college and earn a special degree? Publish your work? Sell hundreds -- even thousands -- of books? (complete article...)
Inspiration Need Not Be a Lightning Bolt July 13, 2007 (Dallas Nicole Woodburn) When I first started writing, it was hard. I stared at my blank computer screen, fingers poised above the keys, waiting and waiting -- hoping and hoping -- for a lightning bolt of inspiration to strike. I half-expected ideas to fall and hit me on the head like Sir Isaac Newton's famous apple. Life, as it often does, got busy. I put off writing, telling myself that I would set aside time to write as soon as I got a good idea. (complete article...)