Nov 13 2016
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Imagination: The Writer’s Call

There is a mystery about sitting down to write, an alternate awareness, of a world where imagination and memory, and a mysterious knowing merge, indistinguishable.  A palette of our experience, and perhaps, if Carl Jung is right, the experience of everyone who’s ever lived. How did I know, for instance, when I wrote my story, “The Call of the Dove” (Cricket Magazine, volume 21, number 9, May 1994) how it felt to be a young…

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Nov 09 2016
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Tips for Terrific Writing

Here’s a new mantra to fiction writing that I learned from WRITING THE WAVE and from my interaction with my classmates during this online writing course: Dialogue should be quirky, indirect, parsed with questions, statements, sounds, pauses and the occasional joke and curse. If your audience will allow it. Mixed metaphors are preferred over known metaphors, but it is the author’s invented metaphor that enslaves the readers’ attention. Be different. Be daring. As to the…

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Oct 30 2016
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Is Creative Writing Your Destiny?

Is Creative Writing Your Destiny?

So many doubts assail the writer as she struggles to put fleeting thoughts into memorable words.  He’s tempted to give up, because it’s hard.  There’s little recognition and even less remuneration.  The question keeps coming back:  “Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing?” The great priest-scientist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin wrote beautifully about the process of becoming “something more.”  What he said about the Universe moving towards its Omega Point – its moment…

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Mar 29 2016
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More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children’s story

More great news from the Center’s ranks: Helena Clare Pittman publishes new children's story

Teaching associate Helena Clare Pittman (Writing for Children) has just published a story with Cricket Magazine! It’s now available in the April 2015 issue.  Cricket has an app that permits you to purchase a single copy of the magazine if you wish. Cricket is an illustrated children’s magazine founded in 1973. Published nine times per year, Cricket features art, stories, poems, and folk tales. Its founder, Marianne Carus, intended the magazine to be “the New…

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Jan 19 2016
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What are your reading and writing goals for the new year?

What are your reading and writing goals for the new year?

Whether you make New Year’s resolutions or not, a new year presents us with an annual opportunity to reevaluate many aspects of our lives and set new goals for ourselves. I think it’s important to reevaluate our habits and goals as writers, too. What’s working and what isn’t? What do we hope to accomplish, and are those hopes the same or different than they were last year? Here are some areas to consider:

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Jan 11 2016
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Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Center teacher Kallie Falandays publishes poetry chapbook

Kallie Falandays, who teaches Cool Tools for Stuck Writers here at the Center, recently published a short collection of poetry called All the Water, All the Waves, through the independent dancing girl press (dgp). In addition to offering our congratulations to Kallie for this latest development in her writing career and telling you a bit about these poems, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind writers—all writers, but most especially beginning writers—of the importance…

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Dec 09 2015
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Tips for beginning writers: Word economy, or using five words instead of seven

Tips for beginning writers: Word economy, or using five words instead of seven

One of the earliest pieces of advice a writing instructor gave me concerned my love of adjectives and adverbs. Pare this down a little, she said. I’m being descriptive! I defended myself. Writers should describe, right? We should paint a scene, give as many details as possible, right? Wrong, she said. Use five words instead of seven. OK, so we should absolutely strive to paint a scene and offer details in our writing. But there’s…

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Nov 23 2015
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Trying new things to make poetry accessible, poets famous

Trying new things to make poetry accessible, poets famous

I’ve been blogging seriously for at least six or seven years now, though not always on the same platform. This past spring, for the first time ever, I shared two pieces of creative writing on my personal blog. What took me so long? I’m “old school” in the sense that I considered blogging separate from my attempts to craft experience and emotion in verse. One was informal; the other was formal. Somewhere along the way,…

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Nov 16 2015
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A beloved and “wonder”-full children’s book turns 150 years old

A beloved and "wonder"-full children's book turns 150 years old

My love of reading was instilled in me from a very early age. My grandmother gave me books of fairy tales and classics. She tried to find books where a young girl and her adventures were central–which means I was a big and early fan of The Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The latter recently turned 150 years old, and that anniversary made me recall lazy days reading on my grandmother’s back porch, trying not to…

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Nov 06 2015
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Take initiative or take time? On whether or not to wait to write about difficult experiences

Take initiative or take time? On whether or not to wait to write about difficult experiences

There are some pieces of writing advice that you’ll hear over and over again. Create a routine, participate in a writing community, and, if you’re going submit your work to publications, know your market, are a few that I’ve tried to expand into more specific and useful advice for beginning and “stuck” writers via a Tips for Beginning Writers series. But one piece of advice I’ve heard so many times and have never fully absorbed…

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