Thank you to our visiting Mentor, Larry Jones, for the great poetry lesson!
By Jane Friedman Source: Writer Unboxed When I was studying for my master’s degree in English, I took classes on peer editing and writing pedagogy to prepare me for a part-time job as graduate assistant of the university writing center. One of the first concepts I learned was about the “discourse community.” While this isn’t […]
By K.M. Weiland Source: Helping Writers Become Authors Imagine this: you’ve received a ton of great feedback from your beta readers, critique partners, and/or editors. I mean a ton. You’re ready to dive in and start putting their suggestions to use. But… where do you start? How can you organize your novel’s edits so you can actually […]
Source: Writer’s Digest My description of what I did this morning—while it may meet those commonly accepted criteria—contains no crisis, no struggle, no discovery, no transformation in the life of the main character. It’s a report, but it’s not a story. Over the years as I’ve taught at writing conferences around the world, you should […]
By Georgia Clark Source: The Muse Your grew up finishing books with a flashlight under the covers, and now you want to write one of those wild reads you remember so well. Whether it’s closely felt contemporary realism or high-stakes, high-concept adventure, you know you have a tall tale inside you. Having just published my […]
Thanks to Agnes Bannigan for being our visiting Mentor at St. Joseph School in Garden City! The students had a great time!
By Simon Holloway Source: The Conversation For the last 30 years or so the rise of creative writing programmes in universities has been met with seemingly unending howls of derision from all quarters. Hanif Kureishi, novelist, screenwriter – and professor of creative writing at Kingston University – described them as a “waste of time”. But […]
By Susan K. Perry Putting your experiences into words brings form to chaos. People have long claimed that expressive writing–essays, memoirs, stories–has helped them feel better. Studies have demonstrated improvements in overall well-being for those who write out their sorrows and difficult experiences. Underlying mechanisms are hard to pinpoint, though. It’s a challenge for empirical […]
By Tomas Laurinavicius With few exceptions, everything you’ve ever read in your entire life was written by somebody. It’s an obvious observation but becomes an impressive fact the more you think about it. Writers are far more prevalent than most people think, in that many key responsibilities and duties in life require good writing from […]
By Nicolas Cole It takes more than just writing something great to become successful. When people see what I’ve built for myself as a writer, they think it’s the result of my degree in creative writing. It’s not. I tell everyone that my college education was great for two reasons: it taught me how (and […]