Posts tagged ‘writing exercise’

Jul 24 2019
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Helena Writes #13: On red, green, and writing for children

Helena Writes #13: On red, green, and writing for children

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 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 13th post, Helena digs deep into her memory to retrieve the sensory experience of painting with…

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Jun 26 2019
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Helena Writes #12: On citizenry and alphabetry

Helena Writes #12: On citizenry and alphabetry

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 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 12th post, Helena muses on what it means to be a citizen vs. a consumer and…

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Mar 27 2019
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Plot problems? Plan your story like a party

Plot problems? Plan your story like a party

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie breaks down the process of creating a narrative plot into manageable bites, so you can write the who, what, where, when, why of your story as clearly as you see it in your mind. Stuck in your story and wondering what happens next? Can’t get your scene and characters out of your mind and onto the page? There’s nothing quite as wonderful as the story that tells itself, and nothing quite as…

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Dec 19 2018
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Helena Writes #6: On watching, and traveling through story-telling

Helena Writes #6: On watching, and traveling through story-telling

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 sixth post, Helena shares, through her own childhood memories, the…

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Oct 17 2018
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Over-write first for a better final draft

Over-write first for a better final draft

You’ve heard the age-old writing advice “show, don’t tell,” right? We try to incorporate as many sensory details as we can, and to rely on imagery as much as simple, declarative sentences. But no matter what kind of prose you’re writing, you can turn ordinary action, like making a sandwich, into a showing scene by first over-writing it. You might be asking, what do you mean, over-write? Aren’t I supposed to use word economy, cut…

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Sep 05 2018
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Put yourself “out there” with this writing exercise

Put yourself "out there" with this writing exercise

Shawna Ayoub Ainslie offers a fun writing exercise that will help you step outside of your own comfort zone and take more risks in your writing. One of my all-time favorite (and well-written!) TV shows is Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and one of my all-time favorite moments from the show is when the character Spike, a vampire, tells the heroine he loves her. It’s a risk. A huge one. His affection is not well-received. He…

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Dec 23 2014
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Soulful writing prompts, prompted by Center retreat

Soulful writing prompts, prompted by Center retreat

This week’s guest blogger is Donnette Hill Walto. Donnette Hill Walto is a registered yoga instructor who’s been leading yoga classes worldwide for more than 15 years. She especially loves to guide women and girls as they discover connections between life on and off the yoga mat, empoweringing them to move into their futures with confidence and grace. Donnette is currently working on a novel which introduced itself to her accidentally many years ago, when she took Writing…

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