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Writing Techniques

5 Signs You Should Invest in a Memoir Coach

M. Shannon Hernandez | Posted 06.03.2016 | Books
M. Shannon Hernandez

Writing a memoir can be very challenging. Besides all that goes with the writing process of getting your story down on paper, there are also challenges such as where to start your story, how to tell your story in an engaging way, and which writing techniques to use so you can express yourself effectively.

Writers of Color: Your Voice Matters

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 05.20.2015 | Books
Vanessa Mártir

The only way to uncover your voice is to write and read a lot, then write and read some more. Record yourself telling your stories and transcribe them.

Should Writing Try to Humanize Particular Groups of People?

Anis Shivani | Posted 04.23.2014 | Books
Anis Shivani

"One can very well imagine a pure cruelty, without bodily laceration. And philosophically speaking what indeed is cruelty? From the point of view of t...

Writing Taboo

Tracy Strauss | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Tracy Strauss

While sexual abuse may be the context of my memoir, it is not my story. My story, in fact, is not about trauma or anything remotely "taboo" -- my story is about transcendence.

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.

Things You Really Need To Learn

Stephen Downes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Stephen Downes

This is, in my view, what you need to learn in order to be successful. Moreover, it is something you can start to learn this year, no matter what grade you're in, no matter how old you are.

Creative Writing Programs

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Just as the guild structure was socially conservative--and hence easily superseded when the more progressive market system, flourishing along with the industrial economy, came along--so is the present MFA credentialing system.

Margaret Atwood, Anne Rice, Kazuo Ishiguro And Others Share Their Writing Secrets

Wall Street Journal | ALEXANDRA ALTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Richard Powers lounges in bed all day and speaks his novels aloud to a laptop computer with voice-recognition software. Junot Diaz, author of the Puli...