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Creative Writing

What I Learned From Hollywood's 'Guru of Gurus' About Why Stories Matter

Christina Patterson | Posted 01.24.2013 | Arts
Christina Patterson

Some creative writing teachers can name a handful of successes. With Robert McKee, the list goes on and on.

Why You Don't Have To Be 'Good' At Meditation

Juliette Fay | Posted 12.19.2012 | Healthy Living
Juliette Fay

I think I may be the world's worst meditator. I've tried it off and on since my 20s, and I love the concept: quieting the mental noise, clearing away the chatter for a period of time, inviting stillness. But I am so bad at it.

Is the Editor Dead?

Tasha Smith | Posted 12.18.2012 | Books
Tasha Smith

I'm sure if you asked any contemporary writer, from J.K. Rowling to Hilary Mantel, Will Self to Irvine Welsh, if they consider their editor's contribution essential, they'd all answer without hesitation with a resounding 'yes.'

Fiction: 'I Miss You, Childhood'

| Posted 10.12.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by, the online community for young readers and w...

Huffington: Writing Prompt

Posted 11.18.2012 | Books

Love writing? Need inspiration? Here's a writing prompt from our magazine to get you started. Here is your opening phrase. Start writing how the s...

The Reality of Writing

Nadia Sepsenwol | Posted 11.17.2012 | Arts
Nadia Sepsenwol

After college -- and after writing my first play -- I veered away from writing, and chose to train as an actor. I had grown weary of the solitary and somewhat depressive nature of the writing process. And let's face it: acting elicits a much quicker return.

Parable of the Pear: The 'Not Doing' of Creativity

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 11.17.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

It can be hard to command yourself, "It's Thursday, 10:37 a.m. Be creative!"

Writing Is Not Sexy... and Other Observations on Co-writing a Play

Tim Van Dyck | Posted 09.12.2012 | Arts
Tim Van Dyck

Sometimes we realized we had a ten-page scene that accomplished nothing. Other times a two page scene would be so dense it appeared to be unspeakable by Earthlings. At one point the play exceeded 200 pages.

Litquake and San Francisco Writers' Grotto Announce Lit Camp

Nicki Richesin | Posted 11.11.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

There's a new literary camp in town. Litquake and the San Francisco Writers' Grotto have joined their wonder twin powers to form Lit Camp a literary writing intensive with representatives from McSweeney's, The Believer, ZYZZYVA and The Rumpus.

Fitzgerald, Kerouac, Bukowski, and Words for Young Writers to Live By

Alex Layman | Posted 11.05.2012 | Books
Alex Layman

In 1938, F. Scott Fitzgerald received a story from family friend Frances Turnball, who was looking for feedback on her writing. In response, Fitzgerald crafted a letter containing advice for young writers worthy of marble etching.

The Blurbs That Got Away

Lev Raphael | Posted 10.20.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I've been lucky in my publishing career to get blurbs from wonderful, well-known authors I admire and respect. But I've also missed out a few crucial times.

826 Valencia Celebrates a Decade With Their Third Annual Write-a-thon on 8/26 Day

Nicki Richesin | Posted 10.20.2012 | San Francisco
Nicki Richesin

In honor of their 10-year anniversary, 826 Valencia asked would-be authors (including children and adults) to round up pledges for 8/26 Day, then join them at 826 Valencia on Sunday, August 26 from noon to 8:26 p.m. to write.

Magical Lake Tahoe Inspires The Last Romanov

Dora Levy Mossanen | Posted 10.15.2012 | Arts
Dora Levy Mossanen

Having spent my formative years in a country where poetry, myth and superstition are woven into the fabric of everyday life, these elements find their way into my stories. The Last Romanov is no exception.

The Title Dilemma

Warren Adler | Posted 10.13.2012 | Books
Warren Adler

A great title is an art form unto itself. Indeed, a great title does not necessarily signify a great book and vice versa.

Blogging in the Shower

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.29.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

I'm always blogging in the shower. The isolation, the quiet, the warmth, and the steady stream of water from multiple shower heads relax my body and free my mind. Ideas arrive with ease and I write in my head until I can get to the computer or my iPad.

I Loved My MFA But Did It Make Me Hate Everything Else?

Elizabeth Tannen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
Elizabeth Tannen

As writers, we need to be aware of the ways in which our work can be read; weeding out the useful from the non-useful is an important skill, as is reading closely for what might be improved. But it can be a slippery slope.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Do You Have 'What it Takes?'

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 09.15.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

It happens at least once a semester. A student writes me an impassioned note begging me to tell her whether or not she has what it takes to be a writer, imploring me to "stop her right now," if she doesn't.

How Bold Is Your Creative Expression? Guidelines To Find Your Mojo

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 09.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

What uplifts your spirit? Wherein do you recognize a more beautiful nature within you, even if no one else on this earth understands? What helps you recognize your own greater nature?

Writers Versus Storytellers: An Epic Battle? Not Really.

Quora | Posted 09.07.2012 | Books

This post originally appeared on Quora. By Cristina Hartmann, Writer I've been rolling this question around in my mind for a while: why do c...

Journaling as a Coping Device

Kelley Harrell | Posted 08.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Even if you don't write, give journaling a try. Sit down and write whatever comes. There are no rules or boundaries. You don't have to approach journaling with any specific intention other than to offer yourself the outlet.

Start Writing

Ruth Neubauer | Posted 08.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Ruth Neubauer

A beginning. A beginning. A beginning. Again. Every session is a beginning. Beginner's mind is a no-place space to learn something new, like the time ...

Write On: How Writing Changed My Life

Dave Scheidt | Posted 08.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Dave Scheidt

I have a gift, with writing. Not in the sense that I think I am a good writer, but I am able to utilize it into something that has changed my life tremendously and I am so grateful to have that.

7 Ways To Spark Creativity

Gretchen Rubin | Posted 07.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Gretchen Rubin

I've read a lot of advice about how to spark creativity. Everyone's creativity takes a different form, however, so the advice that works varies from person to person.

Listening to the Heron

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

What carries meaning or significance for you? When is an object, event or occurrence more than what it appears on the surface?

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz Makes it Official - May 18th Is NY Writers Coalition Day!

Raina Wallens | Posted 07.11.2012 | New York
Raina Wallens

NY Writers Coalition Day is a city-wide celebration full of free creative writing workshops in iconic New York locations.