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October, 2019

Three Strategies for Reclaiming Your Writing Time by Liza Birnbaum

Posted Tue, 10/29/2019 - 9:35am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

At the top of every slippery slope is a spot that feels like solid, level ground.  For me, the top of one such slope came around mid-May of this year. After holding out for over 10 years, I’d gotten a…

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Writing Architecture through Fiction by Ayad Rahmani

Posted Tue, 10/22/2019 - 8:46am by  |  Category: , , , ,

The objective of this workshop is to practice architectural criticism through the lens of insight. Where most architectural criticism is evaluatory, leveling judgment on a given project, this form of feedback is not.  It assumes that the world is complex…

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“There Is Only the Joy of Hard Work”: An Exclusive Q&A with Chris Abani

Posted Mon, 10/14/2019 - 12:30pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Chris Abani is a novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and playwright. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, and published his first book at age 16. Jailed three times and sentenced to death…

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Widening the Scope of Your Personal Essay by Santi Elijah Holley

Posted Fri, 10/11/2019 - 12:01pm by  |  Category: , , ,

Personal essays can do many things. They can help us navigate our experiences, our grief, our trauma, or our joy. They can help show others how to navigate these for themselves. And they can unite us—author and reader—in a shared,…

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Looking at Ledes (in Critical Writing) by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Thu, 10/10/2019 - 9:50am by  |  Category: , , ,

Openings are important in any piece of writing, but they’ve always struck me as particularly important to critical writing.  Why? Well, because critical writing bears the burden of always being about something else, often something readers have heard of and…

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What I am Trying to Say: A Micro Lesson in Revising for Truth by CMarie Fuhrman

Posted Wed, 10/09/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , , , , ,

It was an essay about climate change.  At least that is what I wanted the essay to be about. I wrote passionately about finding trash on the trail, the bear hunter who passed us on the road, a meadow in…

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Using Sound: An Exercise by Corinne Manning

Posted Fri, 10/04/2019 - 9:10am by  |  Category: , , ,

In a workshop, the writer Dorothy Allison had us go around the room and all fake an orgasm.  She critiqued the authenticity and then had us write a sex scene where sound was present. This idea came up when she…

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4 Tips for Writing Good Dialogue by Ana Pastor

Posted Tue, 10/01/2019 - 9:01am by  |  Category: , , ,

Writing for the stage offered me an opportunity to explore the mechanics of dialogue.  In a play, the spoken word carries a weight that in other genres it shares with written descriptions, insights into situations, references… On stage the word…

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