Posts tagged ‘writing life’

Jun 12 2019
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What is a writing community and how can you build one?

What is a writing community and how can you build one?

Adapted from a 2015 post on creating a writing exchange. At the Center, we use the word community a lot. We have a clear if general idea of what community means to us: writers writing “together”—in our online courses, at our retreats, in comments on our social media posts, in response to our prompts (through the monthly photo prompt contests or One Year of Weekly Writing Prompts), or with us directly in private writing guidance…

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Apr 10 2019
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7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

7 writing tips for moving from rut to routine

Adapted from a 2015 Tips for Beginning Writers post on the benefits and logistics of establishing a writing routine, if you’ve struggled to do so. Maybe you aren’t a routine kind of person. Some of us are; some of us aren’t. But I’m guessing that if you’re reading a blog post about writing tips, you’re open to suggestion. Because there are precious few writers out there who can subsist solely from practicing their craft, most…

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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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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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Sep 03 2017
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Letter from the director, September 2017

Letter from the director, September 2017

In a few short weeks, summer will be over and fall–and the first fall session of Center courses–will arrive. As usual here in the northeastern U.S., it feels too soon, like we can’t possibly have already moved through the warm months even though we can feel with visceral clarity the morning chill in the air. At this time of changing seasons, I am reminded that there are seasons in our creative lives as well. Sometimes…

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Aug 15 2017
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How to create your own personal writing retreat

How to create your own personal writing retreat

If you need a change of both setting and pace and a reprieve from distractions to put in some serious, focused writing time, consider creating your own retreat. Make no mistake, there are some fabulous organized writing retreats out there. The Center offers affordable and scenic writing retreats, but we don’t have any scheduled for 2017. When we do, we’d love for you to join us! Until then, if you’re browsing the offerings on Poets…

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Aug 08 2017
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Tips for beginning writers: Resist distraction and embrace solitude to write more and better

Tips for beginning writers: Resist distraction and embrace solitude to write more and better

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to say something to writers, especially to beginning and aspiring writers, about embracing solitude. Perhaps it’s an overly romanticized notion, that writing is a solitary path. Perhaps it’s even strange for me to say–me, who tries to create a community around writing through the Center and in my personal life, and who emphasizes to my students the need for community. The need for community, though, is born of…

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Aug 01 2017
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Letter from the director, August 2017

Letter from the director, August 2017

Dear writers, How is it August already? The last session of the Center’s online writing courses before a late summer break is in full swing, but here I am, thinking about the harvest. I remember that in pagan culture, the first of August is the first of three harvest-oriented celebrations. To harvest is to work, to bring forth the proverbial fruits (and vegetables!) of one’s labor. In the context of writing, a harvest might be…

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