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Creative Writing

16 Reasons Why I Love to Teach Creative Writing

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.15.2014 | Education
Lev Raphael

I felt intensely grateful that I'd had a writing mentor in college who had modeled dedicated, patient, relaxed, non-bullying work with students. Not changing what your students write but doing your best to bring it into fuller bloom. That's not easy.

An Epic Road Trip, a Book 15 Years in the Making, and a Letter from the President

Nathan Gauer | Posted 09.12.2014 | Books
Nathan Gauer

All the stories of road trips I've come to love and admire over the years seem to depict young people who leave home hoping to loosen the collar of institutional confines; driving away from the path through life expected of them by loved ones.

8 Steps to Kill Writer's Block and Dance With the Muse

Leah Lamb | Posted 09.04.2014 | Arts
Leah Lamb

If you are living in the illusion that you are creating all on your own and are feeling disconnected from the genius... I hope these tips help you break on through to the other side.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

Island Fever

Tiffany Beveridge | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Tiffany Beveridge

Something interesting happened the other night. I was sitting in bed reading. My husband was out picking up the kids, who'd gone mini golfing. Eventually, I heard them walk through the door, laughing and talking.

The Fate of the Novelist: A Reality Check

Warren Adler | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Warren Adler

Over the past 15 years as an independent author, I have learned a few things. Some might disagree with my conclusions, but not to worry. I am used to being pummeled, rejected and contradicted. I have been around a long time, and I am still standing.

Smashing Through the Writer's Block

Laura M. Artis | Posted 08.14.2014 | Books
Laura M. Artis

Just as you start getting into the swing of things, daydream of marrying words into paper forever at your leisure -somewhere on a remote beach -- suddenly, you run into the Armageddon of all problems -- writer's block.

The Writing Practice: Rituals, the Muse and Luck

Melanie Bishop | Posted 08.11.2014 | Books
Melanie Bishop

The importance of these rituals, and observances of objects as lucky, as somehow pleasing to the muse, is that they give us something concrete on which to focus.

Five Brilliant Actors Who Are Also Brilliant Writers

Meira Bienstock | Posted 08.07.2014 | Books
Meira Bienstock

As actors use their imagination to create a fictional life the audience will believe, it is not surprising that many actors branch out into the field of writing. As actors know, writing is a craft just like acting, and therefore must be honed on a daily basis.

Top 20 Colleges for Aspiring Writers

College Magazine | Posted 08.05.2014 | College
College Magazine

Prepare for the skeptics -- a creative writing major is not for the faint of heart. If you're serious about your craft, you'll need a creative writing program that will whip your writing into shape. No school can guarantee you'll be the next great American author, but these 10 will get you pretty damn close.

33 Things I've Learned About Writing at 33

Loren Kleinman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

Not everyone has to like your work. The arts are full of pretentious cliques, bad art, good art, wonderfully supportive people, people that can't stand you, people that love you, but the key is to embrace it all. Enjoy the contrasts.

For As Much As It's Worth: Advice to Authors, part 1

J Nelson Aviance | Posted 07.22.2014 | Books
J Nelson Aviance

Write about what you know. It's so cliché and it's nauseating to even repeat it, but still it's something that needs repeating over and over and over.

My Friend Thinks I Don't Work Because I'm a Writer

Mary Novaria | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Novaria

No, I don't punch a time clock, work on the assembly line or have a corner office. I may have the flexibility to run you to the airport, take my mother to the doctor, or babysit my sister's kid, but it's not because I don't work.

Why Cancer Can Actually Be Empowering

Diana M. Raab | Posted 09.17.2014 | Fifty
Diana M. Raab

It has been said that once you had a cancer diagnosis you can become cancer-free but never free from cancer because the experience forever changes your perspective. Having a history of cancer will always be a part of who I am, even if I don't talk about it or overtly connect with my disease.

The Book About Nothing Is the Perfect Book: Virginia Woolf Writes of Utopia (or the No Place)

Loren Kleinman | Posted 09.16.2014 | Books
Loren Kleinman

When I think of Virginia Woolf, I think of her commitment to such a process: the duality of the possible and impossible, working to locate patterns of consciousness rather than sequences of events in the external world.

Do You Have to Be Reasonable When You're Grieving?

Megan Devine | Posted 09.16.2014 | Healthy Living
Megan Devine

I could pretend, but that pretending cost me. I could be reasonable, but telling that lie was exhausting. Now, when I read about grief, when I attend conferences that talk about grief, I think about those early days. I think about being reasonable. I think of how ridiculous that is.

How I Recovered From ME: My First Steps and Redefining Success

Veronica Layunta Maurel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Veronica Layunta Maurel

Through my healing process I have experienced the biggest shifts and the greatest miracles by redefining what a happy and successful life is to me. Success means now health, boundaries, honest expression, connection, sharing, creativity.

Are Too Many People Writing Poetry?

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 09.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Poetry is a cacophony of voices. I want more people to write poems, especially queer people, feminists, and people of color. For too long LGBT voices, feminist voices, and voices of people of color have been excluded or eluded from literary cultures and canons.

Creativity, the Fireworks of the Mind

K. Ford K. | Posted 09.06.2014 | Healthy Living
K. Ford K.

A few years ago, a local teacher asked me if I would give her students a lesson on how to be more creative. Even though I had no idea what the lesson was going to be, I decided to accept her challenge.

How Day Jobs Helped Me Write Novels

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 08.26.2014 | Books
Randy Susan Meyers

Bartending: my top choice of jobs writers should have in their past. In my 30s, I worked for four years at Winnie's Pub in Mission Hill, where I received a doctorate in men, alcoholism, racial politics, class, sexual politics and sexual harassment.

Conversations on Writing: Award-Winning Young Adult Author Cindy Pon

Write for the Future | Posted 08.24.2014 | College
Write for the Future

By Cora Daniels Cindy Pon, a YA author, writes heroine centered fantasy series set in Ancient China. Her books are known not only for their action p...

Why We Must Tell Our Own Stories

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

I was offering a window into the lives of young people who happen to be African and gay in the midst of considerable hostility, but still managing to hang on to their identity.

8 Tips for Dazzling an Editor With Your Personal Essay

Jessica Smock | Posted 08.16.2014 | Books
Jessica Smock

Here's what I think -- as a teacher, writer, editor, and reader -- about the ingredients of a great personal essay, one that is carefully crafted to draw in a reader, make her care about a topic, and keep reading.

Write Like a Drunk Child

Owen Egerton | Posted 08.13.2014 | Books
Owen Egerton

Revel in the heat, the mess, the mistakes, and grin like a madman at the outright word-snap miracles coming to life. Then press save. Walk away. You can revise tomorrow.

How Mental Illness Fed My Creativity

Diriye Osman | Posted 08.10.2014 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Ultimately, it's about keeping despair at bay, and sometimes simple things like running, taking up a hobby, doing charity work, painting or, in my case, writing can be a galvanizing part of the recovery process. Keeping the brain and the body active can give life a semblance of pleasure and hope. This is what writing has done for me.