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The Center blog is teeming with tips and inspiration for starting and maintaining your writing practice.

Recently, I had the pleasure of teaching a one-hour virtual introductory class on writing through trauma for nonfiction writers as a part of the Indiana University Writer’s Conference. As an interactive feature of the conference, writers and instructors were able to conduct polls regarding their classes.

I asked several questions of my participants. One was whether or not respondents had intentionally written through trauma, to which 28 out of 32 respondents said yes. My follow-up question speaks to the heart of Writing through Trauma to Truth, the trauma writing course I teach here at the Center. I asked whether writers knew to perform a written self check-in after trauma writing. Of 21 respondents, eight said no. 

Children's stories with an accumulation, or a great multiplicity of something as its central theme and/or structure, go back to books written before I was a child...
Tell us about a time you needed to find your way and felt lost or overwhelmed. When the way in or out seems clear one minute, and entirely wrong the next...
Teneice Durrant, creator of Tenth Fox Tarot, will mark each full moon with a tarot reading, ritual for releasing creative blocks, and writing exercise, starting with today's super flower blood moon.
From the basic pen and notebook to an app that will keep you off Facebook, explore some tools that can make you a more productive, organized, and dedicated writer.
Non-writing activities can enhance your writing in ways large and small, if you reframe your regular activities as, say, “research for my book.” Here are five activities that will make you a better noticer and well-rounded writer.
Fifty-three years is a long time to contemplate who my mother was. And I see something else now, now that I bring my need for connection to life itself, without a parent to mediate...
Tell us about a moment of opening up, or the moment just before the opening.
If you are interested in taking up your pen (again) to journal, step one is to determine what kind of journal you want to use. We’ve come a long way from the “Dear diary” days! Check out these five types of journals to keep.
The pandemic has changed what we mean by quality time...we might need to rethink our practices, reconsider how we apply our energy, and recommit to what is most important.