Nov 15 2017
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Should you compose on paper or screen? 3 ways to tell

Should you compose on paper or screen? 3 ways to tell

  Remember journals? Remember filling notebooks with drafts of poems and stories? Remember typing them all up when you were sure they were “finished”? Or do you still keep those journal and notebooks? For many writers, paper and pen were our original method of composition. Technology has given us word processing software and even writing apps that have replaced pens with key strokes—for some of us. If you’re trying to organize your creative process and…

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Nov 08 2017
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5 techniques for accessing your creative flow

5 techniques for accessing your creative flow

A guest post by Center teacher Shawna Ayoub Ainslie (Writing through Trauma to Truth), reposted from The Honeyed Quill with permission A main struggle I face as a writer is letting go. Sitting down to write has become easy. I have trained myself to get words on the page. But writing authentically, giving value to words and recording or creating a story with integrity–well, I know writers who seem to have mastered that skill. I…

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Nov 01 2017
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Letter from the director, November 2017

Letter from the director, November 2017

It’s the first of November. The nights are growing longer, and the days shorter. Soon here in the U.S., we will turn back the clocks one hour and consider the illusion that we are gaining time. And perhaps we are, since time is a mental construct. What will you do with your “extra hour”? How will you “make more time” and space for writing in your life? These are the questions I ponder myself, as…

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Oct 25 2017
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Write every day with these 6 apps

Write every day with these 6 apps

If you’re a tech-loving writer who composes on screen but hasn’t explored the wide world of writing apps, you might be missing out on some ways to majorly boost your productivity, motivation, and inspiration. Think beyond using iPhone Notes to quickly jot down an idea before it escapes you. There are so many quality apps out there that have been optimized for beginners, veterans, screenwriters, freelancers, and more. The best writing apps boast benefits that…

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Oct 18 2017
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5 types of journals to keep

5 types of journals to keep

Why journal? To chart your progress, jot down ideas on the fly, list goals and challenges, record feelings, make lists, and so much more. Check out these five types of journals to keep:

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Oct 11 2017
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How to make the “write” work space for you

How to make the "write" work space for you

My writing space is a deeply personal realm. I enter it to make art; and while I can technically write anywhere, my home base for writing is a sanctuary for my creativity. I firmly believe that the self-expressive comfort of my desk, bookshelves, and bulletin board is directly related to my productivity and the quality of my writing. Why? Because when creating my writing space, I adhered to these three “rules”:

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Oct 04 2017
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5 tips for sharing your writing for the first time

5 tips for sharing your writing for the first time

Some of the most difficult aspects of writing make themselves known after the first draft is on the page or screen: revising, cutting beloved passages that don’t advance a narrative or metaphor, choosing a title, editing to make tone and voice consistent, and so on. When they get stuck anywhere in this process, many writers turn to other writers for help and a different perspective. If you’re new to sharing your writing with someone else,…

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Oct 01 2017
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Letter from the director, October 2017

Letter from the director, October 2017

Dear writers, Fall has fallen. I know I’m not alone in preferring this season over all the others, even as I enjoy warm weather activities and dread the barren landscape, biting cold, and ice-covered roads that follow. The grand metaphor of the Earth preparing for a long sleep by first putting on a brilliant show of color is energizing to me. Be slow, fall, said the poet Robert Frost: O hushed October morning mild, Thy…

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Sep 20 2017
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5 reasons why word choice matters so much in good writing

5 reasons why word choice matters so much in good writing

Writing is one set of choices after another—about imagery, sound, what to include, what to leave out, who to name, who to kill off, where to give background info, when to let readers fill in the blanks for themselves, and so on and on and on. I want to talk a little about our building blocks, as writers: individual words. In workshops and writing courses or groups, feedback frequently references “word choice.” One of my…

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Sep 05 2017
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How to make more time to write (and why it’s probably not a time problem you have)

How to make more time to write (and why it's probably not a time problem you have)

I hear that phrase so much, writers: make time. As if we can possibly manufacture more time than there actually is in a day, week, month, or year. Or can we? My suggestion to you, if you’ve ever complained that you can’t make time to write in your busy life, is to re-frame the problem. My guess is, it isn’t always a time problem you have…

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