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Creative Writing

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

Veronica Layunta Maurel | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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 07.08.2014 | 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 07.07.2014 | 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 06.26.2014 | 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 06.24.2014 | 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 06.19.2014 | 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 06.16.2014 | 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 06.13.2014 | 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 06.10.2014 | 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.

The Ten-Second Race to Content Nirvana

Lee Traupel | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Lee Traupel

Great content is gonna resonate with the reader or fall flat in about ten second, like a great Sam Cooke song -- your in love and humming along or your not.

Stealing Life

Holly Whiteoak | Posted 06.09.2014 | Fifty
Holly Whiteoak

Damn. He's there again. I catch him out of the corner of my eye as I turn down the produce aisle. I move over to the wall of vegetables, so I can obse...

A Room of My Own at 40, or, How I Averted a Mid Life Crisis

Susie K Taylor | Posted 06.06.2014 | Women
Susie K Taylor

We are in the living room of Susie's Miami home. We see big balloons that say "Happy 39th Birthday," empty paper plates and cups are scattered around. There is an eerie feeling that there was a just huge celebration with lots of people.

Bruised Silence

Pamela McMahon-Miller | Posted 05.19.2014 | Fifty
Pamela McMahon-Miller

Derwood Trexler drove his SUV along the busy two-lane road, occasionally glancing into his rear view mirror at the trail of cars behind him. The pain...

How to Date the Muse: 5 Steps to Enduring Creativity

Miriam Ava | Posted 05.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Miriam Ava

The muse loves a life devoted to honoring your true self. She wants you to become who you are. She wants you to feel good. And when you feel good she'll want to hang out with you often.

Biscotti

Ira Greenfest | Posted 05.12.2014 | Fifty
Ira Greenfest

"Writing is discovery. You don't know what you're going to feel until you feel it," said Mr. Teicher, her slightly potbellied English teacher. He was ...

5 Tips for the Writing Life from Pico Iyer

Anna Leahy | Posted 07.07.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

The great appeal of these particular options for a writing life is that they are likely to define writing as a priority in our daily lives and are likely to increase awareness of the choices we're making about how to spend our time, about how to live as writers.

Is Content Consuming You or Are You Consuming Content?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 07.06.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Are you like me, always trying to carve out time from your day to read blogs, eBooks, whitepapers, attend webinars, watch videos and visit yet another website? Our challenge isn't finding the information, but finding time to read it.

Creative Writing Program or Creative Writing Mill? Effectiveness and Outcomes For Female And Minority Writing Program Students

Rae Bryant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Rae Bryant

How well does your creative writing program rank in job placement and graduate publication placement? How does your writing program address gender and diversity?

Tracy and Laraine Newman Keep Comedy in the Family With Charlotte's Shorts

Xaque Gruber | Posted 06.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

"We're The Judds of comedy," says Saturday Night Live comedy legend, Laraine Newman. "We're the Redgraves of comedy," adds Laraine's Emmy Award-winning sister, Tracy Newman with a laugh.

The "Perfect" College Essay Does Not Exist

Jeannie Borin | Posted 06.15.2014 | College
Jeannie Borin

Why is it that colleges such as MIT ask students to discuss a time they failed or Yale asks students how they would like to improve? Perfection is not a requirement and it is from our errors along the way that we grow and learn.

Brilliant People's Schedules: The Real Story for Women Writers

Anna Leahy | Posted 06.15.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

Victor Hugo visited his barber daily; I haven't had a haircut in 15 months. Balzac consumed as many as 50 cups of coffee per day; I recently switched to iced green tea. Every day, Charles Darwin built in three walks and some idleness; I forgot to exercise this week.

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: Never Give Up

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.14.2014 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

When I was 32 and first taught Brandi, I suspected that someone with who poured that much energy and dedication into her work would succeed in the long run. But I had to grow older along with her, watch her story unfold, before my suspicions were confirmed.

So, You Want to Publish Your Book?

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

You wrote a book, and you want the world to read it. Thus, here's some ideas for how you can publish your own work, and start designing opportunities for yourself in the literary world.

Yahya Hassan: Poems of Rage

Louisiana Channel | Posted 06.10.2014 | Arts
Louisiana Channel

Meet the 18-year-old sensation Yahya Hassan, who has written literary history in Denmark with his powerful, personal poems criticizing his family and Muslims in the Danish welfare system.

So, You Want to Write a Book?*

Carlota Zimmerman | Posted 05.31.2014 | Arts
Carlota Zimmerman

I urge you to write the book(s) inside of you, because if nothing else, that process, and the confidence, hope and pride it brings is bound to change at least one person's life...yours.