Magazine Articles Tagged With writing exercises

My Own Path to Publication: Choosing to Forgo the MFA

by Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Special Section

Posted 8.19.15

Marie Myung-Ok Lee

Though helpful to many writers, the MFA degree is not a requirement to become a working writer, particularly if teaching is not one’s career goal. Novelist Marie Myung-Ok Lee talks about her decision to forgo the MFA, and forge her own path to publication. 

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Getting the Led Out: Discovering a Better Essay in the Foothills of South Carolina

by Joni Tevis

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Joni Tevis

The process of writing is one of discovery. A creative nonfiction writer describes how an essay in her new collection came to life, with a little unexpected help from Led Zeppelin. 

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 8.19.15

Staff

Compose a poem from a stranger’s perspective, unlock your unconscious with “automatic writing,” or create your own astrological forecast—three prompts to help you reach new depths in your writing.

 

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Adjunct Anxiety: Teaching, Writing, Constantly Striving

by Melissa Febos

The Practical Writer

Posted 8.19.15

Melissa Febos

Adjuncting can be difficult, even for those who love teaching writing. A writer and teacher recounts the challenges of her adjunct experiences after graduating with an MFA and publishing her first book. 

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Preparing for the Worst: The Negatively Framed Outline

by Benjamin Percy

The Literary Life

Posted 6.17.15

Benjamin Percy

Pessimism can be a writer’s best friend: Fiction writer Benjamin Percy explores how the worst-case scenario can bring out the best in a story.

 

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 6.17.15

Staff

Follow in the dactylic footsteps of Homer, leave everyone behind for a solo journey, or report the breaking news of your own life—three prompts to help start your writing off on a great adventure.

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The Time Is Now

by Staff

The Literary Life

Posted 4.15.15

Staff

Writing prompts and exercises in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction employing kindness, strange connections, and the timeless wisdom of Special Agent Dale Cooper.

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Wonder Woman: What My First Artists Retreat Taught Me About Writing, Murder, and Myself

by Nancy Méndez-Booth

Special Section

Posted 2.10.15

Nancy Méndez-Booth

On her way to the Vermont Studio Center and in a moment of panic, a writer tells a lie that leads her to realize an important truth about herself—and exactly what it takes to finish her novel.

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Submission Blitz: Finding Courage at a Writers Conference

by Melissa Chadburn

Special Section

Posted 2.10.15

Melissa Chadburn

In response to the pervasive gender disparity in publishing, the Los Angeles–based group Women Who Submit encourages women writers to gather together and submit their work to magazines, and to celebrate the often intimidating process of sending work out into the world.

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Be Bold, Be Free, Be Truthful

by Maria Massei Rosato

Special Section

Posted 2.10.15

Maria Massei Rosato

At the Sewall House retreat in Island Falls, Maine, the practice of yoga opens up new possibilities in the craft of writing.

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