Magazine Articles Tagged With creative process

Writing for Strangers: What Speechwriting Taught Me About Writing Fiction

by Hannah Gersen

The Literary Life

Posted 8.17.16

Hannah Gersen

Any job has the potential to teach us valuable lessons about writing. Novelist Hannah Gersen shares what she learned about writing fiction from working as a speechwriter for the New York City Parks and Recreation Commissioner.

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The Time is Now: Writing Prompts and Exercises

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 8.17.16

Staff

Compose a series of tree poems, explore the supernatural with a ghost story, or examine your personal history with politics through an essay—three prompts to stretch your literary perspective.

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Return and Repeat, Culminate and Continue: On Crafting the End in Fiction

by Jennifer De Leon

The Literary Life

Posted 8.17.16

Jennifer De Leon

Employing models from fiction masters Jhumpa Lahiri, Jane Smiley, ZZ Packer, among others, fiction writer and editor Jennifer De Leon explores various approaches to craft endings in fiction.

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Why We Write: A Life Imagined

by Matthew Thorburn

The Literary Life

Posted 8.17.16

Matthew Thorburn

In a testament to the power of poetry in giving shape to complex emotions, a poet reflects on how writing his poetry collection, Dear Almost, helped him find shelter amidst the grief of a miscarriage. 

 

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Inspiring Writers in Western New York

by Maya C. Popa

News and Trends

Posted 8.17.16

September/October 2016

Celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year, the Just Buffalo Literary Center offers workshops, youth programs, events, an international authors series, and an unmatched literary community in western New York.

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Classroom as Community: Creating Safe Spaces in Creative Nonfiction Workshops

by Erika Anderson and Brian Gresko

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

Erika Anderson and Brian Gresko

The writing workshop model presents a certain degree of risk—sharing artistic work inherently involves becoming vulnerable to critique and potential emotional fallout. Perhaps none experience this risk more than creative nonfiction writers, whose memoirs and essays are often deeply personal. Here, two writing workshop facilitators offer a set of guidelines for developing a safe, respectful workshop environment.

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A Harmony of Whims: Toward a Philosophy of Teaching Writing

by James P. Blaylock

Special Section

Posted 8.17.16

James P. Blaylock

Tasked with developing teaching philosophy, an award-winning author of more than twenty-five books looks back on his years of teaching, and reflects on what makes an effective writing teacher.

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Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey to Cowrite Marvel Comic, Edith Wharton’s Lost City, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 7.26.16

Muslim teen poetry group addresses U.S. Islamophobia; authors set to perform Oscar Wilde’s work in the prison where he served a sentence; Viet Thanh Nguyen on the process of writing his Pulitzer Prize–winning novel; and other news.

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Reginald Dwayne Betts on Poetry and Law, Stephen King’s Mixtape, and More

by Staff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 6.30.16

Neil Gaiman's Norse mythology; breaking taboos and loving the characters we fear; twelve essential American books; and other news.

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Traveling Stanzas

by Andrew McFadyen-Ketchum

News and Trends

Posted 6.14.16

July/August 2016

With the goal of facilitating “global conversation through the intimate and inclusive voice of poetry,” the Kent, Ohio–based Wick Poetry Center is expanding its programming and bringing poetry to a wider audience. 

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