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About Twice 5 Miles

The stuff nobody teaches you.

Founded on the premise that writing is fertile ground from which can blossom “many an incense-bearing tree,” Twice 5 Miles Guidesbooks are the growing instructions: clear, easy-to-follow guidelines from professionals with decades of relevant experience.

writer and audience
Twice 5 Miles Guidebooks are for you if:
  • You have an important reading coming up
  • You want to learn how to give constructive criticism like a professional editor
  • You want to present your content in ways which will further your writing career
  • You would like to become a better public reader so you will feel confident reading your work to any size audience
  • You want to work as an editor
  • You want to work as a poet/writer who presents your work at conferences, universities, festivals, and corporate meetings
  • You are writing a book and need to understand the language of professional editors
  • You want to feel comfortable in front of people.

The founders of and first authors for Twice 5 Miles Guidebooks are Allegra Huston and James Navé. The name takes inspiration from the poem, Kubla Khan, by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, which begins,

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree:
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
   Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round;
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
   Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

We invite you to check out the first of our Twice 5 Miles Guidebooks: HOW TO WORK WITH A WRITER and HOW TO READ FOR AN AUDIENCE