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Criticism as Equipment for Living by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Mon, 11/01/2021 - 8:55am by  |  Category: ,

Toward the end of his recent book, Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist, Patrick Nathan offers a robust defense of the art of criticism. Here, despite the risks associated with starting a post with an overly long…

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How to Reinvigorate Your Revision Process by Dilruba Ahmed

Posted Thu, 10/14/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: , , ,

Poets, are your rough drafts piling up? Maybe some draft poems seem to have potential: a strong opening. A resonant image. A metaphor that shines. And yet, something’s missing, and you can’t quite pinpoint the problem. Or perhaps starting new poems…

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How to Bake a Play, a personal recipe by Brian Dang

Posted Wed, 10/06/2021 - 8:06am by  |  Category: , ,

As any internet recipe starts, start with an intensely personal anecdote that people might scroll past to get to the ingredients list (regardless, it should mean the world to you). This can be anywhere from your love of pies to…

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Facing Fears and Other Writerly Hells by D.A. Navoti

Posted Fri, 10/01/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

The Season of the Witch is upon us and what frightens me most is my own writing. I sit for hours at my desk and pen a paragraph that’s eventually deleted (ugh!), or I fret over word choices because maybe…

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Micro Lesson: How to Read Like a Writer by Radhika Sharma

Posted Wed, 9/29/2021 - 10:11am by  |  Category: , , , ,

It is no secret that reading nourishes and empowers our writing. Yet, reading like a writer may not always come naturally to us and requires us to train our faculties in precise ways. The following are some possibilities and suggestions…

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36 Questions for Self-Interrogation: Or, How to Turn Ancestral Research into Personal Narrative by Katie Lee Ellison

Posted Fri, 9/24/2021 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , , ,

My memoir began with questions about my family—Who are we? What happened to us? Why are we the way we are? But what I really meant was, Who am I? Why am I this way? And actually, what I really,…

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Micro Lesson: How to Learn from Burnout—Or, Technically, Writing is a Ravioli by Gabriela Denise Frank

Posted Tue, 8/31/2021 - 11:08am by  |  Category: , , ,

The fall before COVID hit, I was barreling towards peak burnout—but I didn’t know it. This was before the buzzy articles appeared in the New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and Fast Company. I didn’t know what was happening to me—wasn’t…

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Waste in Place: Let’s Look at Some Trash (Data) by Kevin O’Rourke

Posted Tue, 6/15/2021 - 8:10am by  |  Category: ,

A few months ago, the New York Times published one of the most arresting wildlife stories I’ve ever read. The story itself—about efforts to save the dwindling population of greater adjutant storks—was sensitive and well-done. But, and I assure you…

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Genre Roulette: The Creative’s Game of Chance by Rachel Werner

Posted Fri, 6/04/2021 - 9:54am by  |  Category: ,

My only true obsession is writing. At any given moment, I am likely starting a new poem, editing a flash fiction piece in addition to wrapping up a new beauty blog. And that’s on a slow day. Does all of…

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Video Lesson: What If the Humans Stayed Home? with Jessica Gigot

Posted Tue, 10/13/2020 - 3:55pm by  |  Category: , ,

With communities around the world staying home due to the pandemic, there’s been a number of stories documenting unusual and inspiring animal activity, some true and some sensationalized. These stories, as well as some of the questions they’ve elicited from…

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Time and Distance Overcome: Research in Poetry by Erin Malone

Posted Mon, 6/29/2020 - 9:47am by  |  Category: , , ,

“Time and Distance Overcome”: I titled this class after an essay of the same name by Eula Biss. I wanted a few words to suggest how a dive into the historical record can yield surprising and urgent connections to our…

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Join us at the Quarantine Write-In by Rebecca Agiewich

Posted Tue, 5/05/2020 - 4:47pm by  |  Category: ,

If you’re looking for a little inspiration as well as some company to write with, try joining us at the next Quarantine Write-In. Even if you’ve never put pen to paper before, you’re most welcome.  I serve up writing prompts…

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How to Begin Your Hybrid Memoir by Sarah Cannon

Posted Fri, 4/10/2020 - 12:37pm by  |  Category: , , ,

The hybrid memoir has the potential to be far more than a straight-up personal story. The appeal is the creativity of blending various elements and the result is a fresh take that can resonate in larger ways than a traditional…

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Micro Lesson: Seeing Outside of Ourselves by Jessica Gigot

Posted Fri, 4/03/2020 - 1:05pm by  |  Category: , , ,

When I initially planned my spring quarter Embodied Ecopoetics workshop, the world was a different place. I offered my first installment of this workshop at Hugo House in the fall and was excited about the opportunity to offer it again…

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Love in the Time of COVID-19 by Janée J. Baugher

Posted Tue, 3/31/2020 - 11:35am by  |  Category: ,

With National Poetry Month starting April 1, Hugo Instructor Janée Baugher wrote this poem for the blog. Her class, National Poetry Month Intensive, starts tomorrow. Late registrations are welcome. Call 206.322.7030 to sign up. Learn more » I’m thinking about…

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