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Words Meet Music: Making Magic Happen by Kim Addonizio

Posted Tue, 2/26/2019 - 9:15am by  |  Category:

“I don’t just hear the blues in these poems / I see the blues in these poems / I see myself in these poems…” —Lucinda Williams My first love was music; I played guitar in my teens, studied classical voice…

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Micro Lesson: “Keeping Your Sh*t Detectors On” by Carolyne Wright

Posted Tue, 2/19/2019 - 10:45am by  |  Category:

Richard Hugo is In the House! This poet, after whom Hugo House is named, was beloved by students and fellow poets. I met him at a few different readings and studied with him twice—at a ten-day writer’s conference in Boulder…

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Micro Lesson: Manifesting Magic with the Art of Letterwriting by Liza Birnbaum

Posted Tue, 2/12/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category:

Noy Holland, one of my most beloved former teachers, talks sometimes about how good writing contains within it the suggestion—the presence, even—of a listener.   I like this term “listener” because, as Noy sees it, it’s not necessarily the same…

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Micro Lesson: How To Write What Scares You by Sara Brickman

Posted Thu, 2/07/2019 - 9:30am by  |  Category: , ,

Several years ago, I was handed a prompt by one of my writing teachers. The assignment was to write a cento, a form of found poetry where one builds lines out of or around scraps of texts from other writers….

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How to Refresh Your Writing with a Poet’s (aka Lyric) Essay by Cody Pherigo

Posted Tue, 1/29/2019 - 9:55am by  |  Category:

Want to celebrate the coming spring by sprucing (yes, that’s a nature pun) up your creative nonfiction skills? Been interested in but intimidated by the luminous “lyric essay?” Simply looking for an engaged literary discussion group that favors genre theory…

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How to Write a Badass Poetry Chapbook in 3 Steps by Caitlin Scarano

Posted Tue, 1/22/2019 - 9:45am by  |  Category: , ,

A chapbook is a short (10–30 poems) collection of poems with a unifying principle, theme, question, or experience. A chapbook can be a site for a poet’s obsessions. It can be their calling card, connect them with others, grant them…

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How to Bring Truth into Storytelling by Kristen Millares Young

Posted Tue, 1/15/2019 - 10:05am by  |  Category: , , , ,

An investigative journalist by trade, I am a novelist and essayist by vocation. Today, I encourage you to use research to engage with the world. Don’t just sit at home, typing and scrolling. Google will not get you there. And…

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Micro Lesson: The Intersection of Poetry and Activism with Demi Wetzel

Posted Wed, 1/09/2019 - 10:15am by  |  Category: , , , ,

The optimism of a new year is almost too sweet to ignore. The next few hundred days are full of possibilities, ranging from the positive and uplifting to the more sinister and grotesque. It is perhaps a fair assumption to…

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Building the Story: A Q&A with Chavisa Woods by Corinne Manning

Posted Mon, 9/03/2018 - 10:02am by  |  Category: , ,

Chavisa Woods writes like everything is on fire because it is. This year, she was awarded the Shirley Jackson Award, the Kathy Acker Award, and received her third nomination from LAMBDA for her story collection Things to Do When You’re…

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Four Ways to Refine Your Critic’s Voice by Melinda Bargreen

Posted Wed, 6/20/2018 - 11:01am by  |  Category: , ,

As the saying goes: “Everyone’s a critic.” But bringing out your inner reviewer is a complex process. Writing a review is much more than just “criticizing.” In my upcoming class, Critical Thinking: Writing a Review, you’ll have the opportunity to…

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Keep Writing: A Teach-In With Write Our Democracy and Seattle Escribe

Posted Wed, 5/30/2018 - 9:44am by  |  Category: ,

It’s a myth that good writing requires solitude. Or, at least, it’s a half-truth. When I teach, I tell my students this: We write in community. What I mean by this is that writing is an act of connection, a…

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How to Start Budgeting for Your Self-Published Book

Posted Thu, 5/24/2018 - 4:00pm by  |  Category: ,

My second novel, The Biographies of Ordinary People: Volume 2: 2004–2016, publishes this week. Or, if you want to be more accurate, self-publishes this week. I elected to self-publish both volumes of The Biographies of Ordinary People (a Millennial-era Little…

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Six Ways Writers Can Help Their Publicists by Michelle Bonanno Triant

Posted Tue, 5/08/2018 - 10:32am by  |  Category: ,

Writers always want to know what they can do to help facilitate publicity efforts for their books, especially during that unbearable wait between the last pen stroke and publication date. First, it’s important to get into the mindset of a…

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Renewal: Writing About Change by Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Wed, 4/18/2018 - 9:24am by  |  Category: , ,

Sometimes I feel the need to explain why so many of the readings I select for my classes are tinged with sadness. It’s what I’m drawn to as a reader, I say. I like stuff that is dark. As a…

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Micro Lesson: Asking and Answering Questions of Travel with Elizabeth Bishop by Carolyne Wright

Posted Mon, 4/09/2018 - 11:09am by  |  Category: , , ,

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) was the consummate American poet of travel, writing and translating worldwide, and living for fifteen years in Brazil. Her “traveler takes a notebook, writes” about the mysteries of maps, the wonders of cultures and landscapes. In my…

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