Shining a Light on Mental Illness: Sheila Wilensky's Thursday Writing Group

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Posted 7.31.14 by RW Blogger

In 2012 and 2013, educator Sheila Wilensky led a series of P&W supported workshops at Our Place Clubhouse, a psych-social rehabilitation center in Tucson, Arizona, for adults recovering from serious mental illness. A high school social studies teacher for fifteen years in Vermont and Maine, Wilensky also taught children's literature at College of the Atlantic. From 1982 to 1997, she owned the Oz Children’s Bookstore in Southwest Harbor, Maine.

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Posted 7.31.14

“My cures for writer’s block are alarmingly pragmatic and physical. So pragmatic that they arrange themselves in list form! To wit: 1. Get up and walk around. A few years ago, I realized that the solutions to most of my writing problems would come to me in the bathroom.

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Posthumous Oscar Hijuelos Novel Forthcoming, Sale of Perseus Delayed, and More

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George W. Bush pens biography of his father; John Cheever’s Ossining house for sale; sex guide returned to NYPL after 54 years; and other news.

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Garth Stein

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The best-selling author introduces his forthcoming novel, A Sudden Light (Simon & Schuster, 2014) and discusses how this family drama began as a play, and then transformed into a novel.

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Photographs

Creative Nonfiction Prompt

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Posted 7.31.14 by Writing Prompter

Friends and family members often aren't photographers. This sometimes results in great memories captured on film in a not-so-picturesque way. This week, think of a photograph depicting a fond memory that, in your opinion, doesn't cast you or your loved ones in the most visually pleasing light. Do you still display or look at the picture often? Or do you keep it hidden in the shoebox under the bed? Write about the story surrounding the photograph, and how it makes you feel when you look at it.

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PEN Announces Literary Award Winners

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Posted 7.30.14 by Prize Reporter

The New York City–based PEN American Center has announced the winners of the 2014 PEN Literary Awards. The annual awards honor emerging and established writers in a range of genres, including poetry, fiction, biography, children’s literature, sports writing, science writing, translation, and drama. This year PEN will award nearly $150,000 in prize money.

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Amazon Calls for Lower E-book Prices, the Book-Buying Habits of Publishing Professionals, and More

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Warner Bros. and RatPac option The Goldfinch; Macmillan expands library e-book program; Nikki Giovanni on NPR’s final episode of Tell Me More; and other news.

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Poetry Lives

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This collaborative poem by nineteen poets in Bangalore answers the question, "Is poetry dead?" This video was created by the Airplane Poetry Movement, an organization aimed at promoting performance poetry in India.

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Picnic

Fiction Prompt

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Posted 7.30.14 by Writing Prompter

There are few things more pleasant than finding a beautiful spot on a sunny afternoon to have a picnic lunch. That's if everything goes according to plan. This week, write a story about one of your characters planning an important picnic lunch. The occasion could be a family gathering, a first date, or a holiday celebration. How does this character handle the task? Do things end up going smoothly, or does everything fall apart? Maybe another character needs to step in and offer assistance, or maybe something beyond anyone's expectations occurs and the plans change completely.

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Margot Adler Dies, Sandy Hook Teacher Pens Memoir, and More

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Online Only, posted 7.29.14

Lucinda Williams’s new album contains father’s poetry; Amazon employee crashes drone; Oyster's e-book catalogue now available on web and mobile browsers; and other news.

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