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Creative Writing

Writer's Block Is Bunk

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.01.2012 | Books
Lev Raphael

When writers say they have writer's block, a normal, unremarkable part of the writing process becomes debilitating.

Wild Women in Gym Shoes

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.30.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

At midlife, the fight for fitness is a daily battle, my goal no loftier than to keep my butt from becoming the size and shape of my office chair.

Setting the Record Straight on Creative Writing: What We Really Do in School (And It's Not All Recess)

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.12.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Too often, detractors of creative writing as an academic field use a small part of what we do to make a sweeping generalization. So how does an MFA program in creative writing work?

Wrestling With Point of View in Your Writing

Holly Robinson | Posted 06.02.2012 | Books
Holly Robinson

Sometimes it takes several drafts before you get the point of view that works for a particular story.

How She Does It: A Day in the Life of a College Writing Professor

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Stephanie Vanderslice

Your house is pretty messy, though it would pass a health department inspection with no problem, which has become your standard. Colleagues regularly comment on the jumble that is your office.

Unexpected Grace on the Creative Path

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 06.01.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

We could all use a little grace now and then. Whether you define it as an unexpected blessing, a stroke of luck, or a spiritual wink from above, grace breathes into ordinary life with encouragement and inspiration.

The Grave Dangers of Inspiration

Misha Lyuve | Posted 05.18.2012 | Home
Misha Lyuve

From ART BEAUTY LIFE blog. In this short essay I would like to warn you of dangers of inspiration. After suffering for over a week without inspirat...

A Poet Revives His Dream: 'My Soul Is Just As Young As Ever'

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 05.23.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

"I have not ossified. Maybe a little in my bones at my age, but mentally I'm like William Blake who said, 'My soul is just as young as ever.'"

How To Avoid A Lifetime Of Regrets

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 05.07.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

Like a character in a short story, I have carefully created this older self so that she seems very real to me. Her image now is my North Star toward which I navigate my life, especially in my creative pursuits.

What Is Creative Writing Anyway?

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 04.28.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

We thought we'd share more of what we do in creative writing programs and why we think they're not the bane of contemporary literature but, rather, good for writers, higher education, and culture.

Writing Prompts From Famous Authors

Posted 04.03.2012 | Books

Our friends at the online literary community Figment, have launched Figment Daily Themes, a free email service designed to help subscribers get into t...

Lesson From Rwanda: Making The Creative Life A Priority

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.25.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

The "stuff" that we consider the mark of a good life is a burden that impedes us from fully experiencing the creative one.

Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Therapy For The Disaffected Masses

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Creative writing is a subset of therapy, with the same essential modalities -- except, like everything else in our culture, it comes in a stripped, dumbed down version that partakes little of the rigors of psychotherapy.

Finding Purpose, Embracing Creativity

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 03.11.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

When creativity is rooted in purpose, the experience becomes so much richer and more satisfying, regardless of the outcome.

Fiction Writing for Beginners

Jennifer Langione | Posted 03.06.2012 | College
Jennifer Langione

You'll often find that taking chances with your writing will bring your story to new and interesting places that you never anticipated. Don't be afraid to fail the first, second or third time -- writing is all about delayed gratification!

Two Hats For Today's Writers (and 10 Awful Truths)

Christopher Meeks | Posted 02.17.2012 | Books
Christopher Meeks

Today's writer needs to wear two hats: those of the artist and of the marketer.

Alchemy of the Word

Susan Kim | Posted 12.13.2011 | Books
Susan Kim

If you're still looking for a gift -- a quirky title for a friend or relative who is equally so -- may I make a suggestion? It's an anthology called Alchemy of the Word: Writers Talk About Writing.

A Journal Is a Journal Is a Journal

Summer Pierre | Posted 10.11.2012 | HuffPost Home
Summer Pierre

I have kept an ongoing journal for almost 20 years. That's just the ongoing version. If you count the earlier sporadic versions of journals, it's been almost 30.

The Gravity Of Success

Christopher Meeks | Posted 01.21.2012 | Books
Christopher Meeks

Last month, I started poetry in my Introduction to Literature class. Poetry always begins with around twenty faces out of twenty-five masked with dread, wariness or doubt. "I don't like poetry," a few might say. I hold my ground and reply, "That's like exclaiming you don't like oxygen."

Prisoners Finding Their Voices Through Poetry and Prose: The 2011 PEN Writing Benefit Reading

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact
Anthony Papa

People often ask me where I got my start as a writer and where I learned my craft. When I tell them that I honed my writing skills in prison from a maverick writer, they do a double take.

Why Apprentice Writers Shouldn't Be Marketers

Lisa Dale Norton | Posted 01.07.2012 | Books
Lisa Dale Norton

Should apprentice writers who are just learning the craft really be expected to manage their own PR campaigns?

7 People Writing A Novel In A Month

Madeleine Crum | Posted 01.02.2012 | Books

Yesterday marked the launch of this year's National Novel Writing Month, a community-driven movement using forums and in-person meet-ups to help autho...

Right-Brained or Hare-Brained?

Bill Donius | Posted 05.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Bill Donius

"Thinking outside the box" is far easier said than done. Why is it so difficult to achieve innovative breakthroughs in thinking?

Not in Someone Else's Words

Isabel Kaplan | Posted 12.22.2011 | Books
Isabel Kaplan

I have thought about and read Goldsmith and his work, although perhaps the reading was unnecessary. Goldsmith doesn't want people to actually read his books.

To Write is Human

Ella Turenne | Posted 12.13.2011 | Black Voices
Ella Turenne

These men were not prisoners. They were writers, friends, teachers, creators, lovers, brothers, sons and fathers. In each of these stories lay the foundation of humanity. In word, inflection and intention was the truth: everyone has a story.