Posts about “Writing”

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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Finishing Your Book: A Q&A with Writer and Mentor Peter Mountford

Posted Wed, 8/29/2018 - 12:50pm by  |  Category: , , ,

This fall, we’re introducing a new advanced program for writers: a place of experimentation and accountability that we’re calling the Book Lab. Designed to help writers reach the final draft of their book, Book Lab is for anyone with a…

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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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Writing Women’s Lives by Susan Meyers

Posted Mon, 4/02/2018 - 7:00am by  |  Category: ,

In the United States, women buy statistically more books than men—but publish fewer books, win fewer literary prizes, and get reviewed with far less regularity. Similarly, women account for only 10% of op-ed pieces that are published nationally. Why is…

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Micro Lesson: Screenwriting for Fiction Writers by Michael Shilling

Posted Thu, 3/22/2018 - 10:27am by  |  Category: , ,

Interested in dipping your (electronic) pen into the screenwriting well? Not sure where to start, who to study, how to think about the form? In my class Screenwriting for Fiction Writers we’ll take up these matters and more, looking at…

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Ruth Ozeki: Taking Care of Her Craft

Posted Tue, 2/20/2018 - 7:47am by  |  Category: , ,

Ruth Ozeki is a writer who cares deeply about her craft. Part of that sense of care relates to how her novels are strongly and sensitively informed by her concerns—the health of our food supply, the effect of digital technologies…

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Advice for Writers on Residencies

Posted Tue, 1/30/2018 - 1:37pm by  |  Category: , , ,

A sanctuary away from home and the distractions of daily life with time to work on your craft: every writer’s dream. If a writer’s residency is in your plans this year, we’ve rounded up resources and words of advice from…

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Why I Write by Participants in Building a Writing Class with Anne Liu Kellor

Posted Tue, 11/21/2017 - 7:49am by  |  Category: , ,

The passages that follow are excerpts from a ten-minute in-class free write from the prompt Why do you write? Afterwards, we read aloud in a round and the energy in the room was palpable. I feel so grateful each time…

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Word Works 2016 Speaker Kevin Young a Finalist for the National Book Awards

Posted Thu, 9/14/2017 - 4:21pm by  |  Category: , , , ,

Congratulations to Kevin Young for the 2017 National Book Award nomination in nonfiction for his book Bunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake News (Graywolf Press)! In April of 2016, we were honored to have Young…

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Micro Lesson: Jeanine Walker on Discovering Poetic Voice

Posted Fri, 7/07/2017 - 11:04am by  |  Category: , , ,

Our voice as poets is a mix of who we are, what we think and feel, and a summation of everything we’ve read in our lives. Voice is the result of both experience and influence. In her book Black Lightning:…

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