Mar 14 2019
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DIY writing retreats: When, why, and how

DIY writing retreats: When, why, and how

Adapted from a 2017 Center post about what to consider when planning your own writing getaway, in the absence of opportunities that meet all your needs. Writing getaways can be incredible experiences for building a community around words and your writing practice. Some are quite affordable, with extras like meals and opportunities for fitness and exploration built right into the registration fee. Many offer both group and private instruction for a nice balance of camaraderie…

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Mar 01 2019
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Letter from the director, March 2019

Letter from the director, March 2019

  Talk to me about the night sky, about late winter under stars speeding (hopefully) toward spring in the northern hemisphere, about the pending return of more light than dark, about the various points of light in this image, both natural and artificial. Who is this person? A stargazer? Explorer? Someone on the run? Is this person coming or going? Is this our world, or another–where are we? What do the stars, the winter trees,…

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Feb 27 2019
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3 reasons to write outside your genre

3 reasons to write outside your genre

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie talks genre, and the benefits of writing in more than one. Getting stuck in a genre of writing is the equivalent of typecasting yourself. As a writer, you are no doubt a highly creative individual motivated by wordsmithing. But even the most creative soul can find their art stagnating. If you have ever felt stuck—and haven’t we all?—maybe it isn’t that you don’t have anything to write about. Maybe you just need…

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Feb 21 2019
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Helena Writes #8: On learning the market, and loving what you do

Helena Writes #8: On learning the market, and loving what you do

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her eighth post, Helena recalls the experience of submitting and publishing…

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Feb 14 2019
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Your trauma, your truth: Overcoming resistance to trauma writing

Your trauma, your truth: Overcoming resistance to trauma writing

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie, who teaches Writing through Trauma to Truth, discusses some of the social challenges to writing about traumatic experiences. Writers who explore their own experiences in nonfiction often grapple with issues related to the sharing of personal trauma. Teaching writing about trauma necessarily means providing guidance on some resistance that writers sharing trauma might face. Reading others’ trauma can be problematic. Recognizing triggers and choosing when and how to access certain topics is…

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Feb 06 2019
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Write more and better by embracing quiet

Write more and better by embracing quiet

Adapted from a 2017 Center post about resisting distractions that keep us from the page, this post distills those resistance tips into an ethos that will yield more and better words: you have to be alone sometimes to write. Many writers are all about developing a community around the practice of writing. At the Center, we certainly love our community. But let’s face it, the writing itself doesn’t happen when you’re in a (physical or…

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Feb 01 2019
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Letter from the director, February 2019

Letter from the director, February 2019

  They are all frozen water, but no two snowflakes are exactly alike. Let’s talk about our differences, the traits, qualities, quirks, and so on that make us unique. Let’s talk about what “difference” and “uniqueness” mean–and for that matter, sameness, and what most humans have in common. What do you think about when you look at this image? Write about it.

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Jan 23 2019
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Helena Writes #7: On semicolons, and feelings over rules

Helena Writes #7: On semicolons, and feelings over rules

Helena Clare Pittman, one of the Center’s most dedicated teachers (Writing for Children and Midwifing a Small-Scale Memoir), has written, painted, and taught her entire life. In a new blog series called Helena Writes, she shares a lifetime of wisdom, one pearl at a time. Learn more about Helena through the Center’s Teacher Feature, her reflection on teaching writing, and her artist’s website. In her seventh post, Helena reflects on semicolons, and how breaking grammatical…

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Jan 16 2019
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When to write on vs. when to write later

When to write on vs. when to write later

Sometimes it might seem like the best writing advice you’ve ever heard conflicts with other advice that also makes sense. Step away and gain some perspective sounds like a wonderful tip…unless what you really need to do is keep pushing yourself and finish that draft! If you’re wondering how to tell when you should do which—write on or write later—this post offers some insight. First, remember that all writers have their own process. You are…

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Jan 08 2019
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In a new year, reflecting on the Center’s foundation of creativity, inspiration, and self-expression

In a new year, reflecting on the Center’s foundation of creativity, inspiration, and self-expression

I don’t make resolutions for the new year. I pick a word and try to embody that word. Last year, the word was manifest. I found a new house to live in, found new loves, finished a book that was accepted for publication, started another one, recommitted myself to yoga, and explored other avenues for creative expression. Where there was nothing, I often made something. Where there was a spark of an idea, I often…

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