We believe in the power of the written word. The power to express, create, and transform. The power to transcend boundaries and overcome barriers, be they between nations, cultures, or ordinary people. We know that poetry and prose are about more than mere entertainment - creative writing changes lives.
The Renegade Word strives to offer high-quality, low-cost creative writing instruction for aspiring writers regardless of social or economic background. Because following your creative passions and learning a new skill should never break the bank or require anyone to go into debt. There’s an alternative to expensive, highly-competitive MFA programs – and it starts here.
Interested in lending a hand to the cause? Write for us. We’re waiting for you.
Julie M. Rodriguez is an American expat living and working in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She writes copy by day, blogs by night, and writes fiction whenever she can find the time. Legend tells of moments late at night when she slumbers, but thus far no one has witnessed this and lived to tell the tale. She is the proud mother of a spoiled-rotten cat.
Lauren Seegmiller has a B.A. in English Literature and isn’t afraid to use it. She currently lives in Denver, CO, trying to give enough time to reading, writing, knitting, and maybe even decoupage every once in a while. She has a soft spot for costume dramas, liberal causes, terrier breeds, and Disney movies. Her writing background lies mostly in fiction and essay. She has an abiding love for the Victorians and the Southerners and will always struggle with literary theory. She does believe in writer’s block.
John Barnes has written about 5 million published words, including thirty commercial and two self-published novels, making him an extremely well-published obscure writer or vice versa. Tales of the Madman Underground, which is awful fucking dirty,received a 2010 Michael Printz Honor Award from the ALA. If you’re a fiction reader, you might also have read his Directive 51, Losers in Space, Raise the Gipper!, Mother of Storms, or A Million Open Doors. If you’re in marketing or statistics, you might have read his blogging at AllAnalytics.com or TheCMOSite.com. And if you’re a Theatre 101 student, you’ve probably plagiarized one of his 53 articles from The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance.
Jené Conrad is a recent graduate of Metropolitan State University of Denver, with a B.A in creative writing and secondary education. She’s thrilled to finally be free, and out in the world fumbling through the many realms of writing and publishing. She believes enthusiasm and drive are a writer’s most important assets. Her goal is simple: learn, experiment, and become the most awesome writer possible. In her column, she’ll chart her misadventures for anyone interested in following along.
Diane Talbot has a BFA in Fine Arts/sculpture from the University of Colorado, Denver and is a certified Special Education teacher. She herds unruly and (and sometimes ruly) children at Westgate Communuty Charter School in Thornton, Colorado. In her spare time she tutors kids in reading and math skills. Her specialty is working with kids who are learning disabled, twice exceptional, ADHD, and on the autism spectrum. She loves to cook and bake, make art, bury herself in a good book, and practice yoga on and off the mat. She is also the mother of five unruly, mostly adult children and a proud grandma.
Emily Bentley is a human being from Ohio who enjoys biting off more than she can chew. She is currently studying Something at Case Western Reserve University, where you might find her geeking out over DNA or muttering to herself in French. She continues to brag that she wrote her first story in preschool. It was about squirrels.
Jeff Provine was making up stories before he could pick up a pencil. He’s written novels in a variety of genres, including steampunk, sci fi, and young adult. He also maintains a daily webcomic, The Academy, and a blog, This Day in Alternate History, which twists the events of history to tell what might have been. His latest ebook, Dawn on the Infinity, was released in 2012.