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Posts about “Writing Advice”

Transformations: An Exclusive Q&A with Benjamin Percy, Vanessa Hua, and Keetje Kuipers

Posted Mon, 3/04/2019 - 2:25pm by  |  Category: , ,

On Friday, March 15, Benjamin Percy, Vanessa Hua, and Keetje Kuipers will metamorphose on stage during 2019’s first Literary Series. In a recent email exchange, each offered up a hint of what they’re writing for the Lit Series, a piece…

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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 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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Micro Lesson: The Art of the Question with Jake Uitti

Posted Thu, 1/03/2019 - 9:16am by  |  Category: , , , ,

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re at your computer or on your cell phone and you’re scrolling through what might be of interest as you wait for a bus to arrive or a delivery person to bring you some…

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Natalie Baszile: Honesty is Key to Capturing Place and Character

Posted Tue, 11/27/2018 - 1:12pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Natalie Baszile is the author of Queen Sugar, a breakout debut novel that follows the experiences of an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane farm and relocates from Los Angeles to rural Louisiana. The book was named one of the…

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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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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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Poet Ada Limón Offers a Luminous New Collection and Some Insight

Posted Tue, 4/10/2018 - 12:23pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Ada Limón is the author of five collections of poetry. The most well-known, Bright Dead Things (Milkweed Editions, 2015), was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Critics Circle Award among other prestigious nominations. Her newest collection, The Carrying, will be…

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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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Micro Lesson: An Exercise in Empathy by Ruth Joffre

Posted Thu, 4/05/2018 - 7:35am by  |  Category: , ,

It is often said that reading makes us better, kinder people. Many articles expound on how the act of reading benefits the mind and body by decreasing stress levels, teaching us about other people and cultures, and introducing us to…

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Accessing Hinduism in Your Writing by Shankar Narayan

Posted Wed, 4/04/2018 - 7:48am by  |  Category: , ,

Hinduism is an entire universe of gods, concepts, traditions, and philosophies. Just as you can practice any religion concurrently with being a Hindu, you don’t have to be a true believer to take advantage of Hinduism in your writing practice. Many of…

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Charles Johnson: Widening our Horizons on Writing and Storytelling

Posted Wed, 3/28/2018 - 7:26am by  |  Category: , ,

Charles Johnson’s exploration of the art of writing and storytelling has been extensive and ongoing. Starting out as an avid reader in his childhood and teen years (at one stage reading a book or three a week), Johnson gravitated to…

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