Magazine Articles Tagged With writing exercises

No Ideas but in Things: The Importance of First Objects

by Elizabeth Kostova

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Elizabeth Kostova

Channeling some of our earliest memories, and specifically the physical objects that often exist at the center of such recollections, can prove to be a productive writing exercise—and might just open the floodgates to inspiration. 

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Pedestrian Adventures: Walking to Inspiration

by Celia Johnson

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Celia Johnson

A number of writers—including Dickens, Thoreau, Woolf, and Wordsworth, to name a few—have turned to walking for inspiration. This essay explores the myriad benefits that ambulatory excercise can have on the creative life. 

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Urban Tumbleweed: Perambulatory Poetry

by Harryette Mullen

Special Section

Posted 1.1.14

Harryette Mullen

Poet Harryette Mullen explains how daily walks inspired her most recent collection, Urban Tumbleweed: Notes From a Tanka Diary (Graywolf Press, 2013), and shares a selection of poems from the book. 

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A Crucial Collaboration: Reader-Writer-Character-Book

by Ruth Ozeki

The Literary Life

Posted 5.1.13

May/June 2013

Character calls forth writer. Writer calls forth reader. It seems straightforward—but is it? Novelist, filmmaker, and Zen Buddhist priest Ruth Ozeki explores the relationships embedded in every novel and work of fiction.

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Editor Christian Wiman Leaving Poetry Magazine, Susan Shapiro's Memoir Advice, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 1.2.13

Publishers Weekly reports independent bookstores experienced a rise in sales over the holidays; editor Christian Wiman announced he is leaving his position at Poetry magazine; the Review Review offers an easy five-step guide to submitting your writing; and other news.

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The Secret Lives of Stories: Rewriting Our Personal Narratives

by Frank Bures

Feature

Posted 1.1.13

January/February 2013

Contributing editor Frank Bures recalls a meeting with the late poet Paul Gruchow during his formative years, a memory that sparks a personal investigation to better understand the stories we tell ourselves in an unconcious attempt to make sense of our lives.

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The Time Is Now: Writing Prompts for the New Year

by Staff

Special Section

Posted 12.31.12

January/February 2013

To coincide with the publication of our Inspiration Issue in 2011, we began offering The Time Is Now, a weekly series of writing prompts posted online and available via e-mail. With the January/February 2013 issue, we bring The Time Is Now to print. Look for it as an ongoing column.

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Randy Susan Meyers's Homemade MFA, Peek Inside Random House, and More

by Evan Smith Rakoff

Daily News

Online Only, posted 12.21.12

The Morning News collected a large group of writers and asked them their thoughts on the important events of 2012; the Spectator asked its writers which great books they most hate; author Randy Susan Meyers details helpful advice on creating a personalized writing program; and other news.

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