11 Feb, 2014

Writing Down the Bones

February 11th, 2014|Tags: , |

Following up on yesterday's post, The Bookshelves of Others, the book I spotted in the bookcase in my bedroom at VCCA was Natalie Goldberg's classic Writing Down the Bones. I entertained [...]

20 Jan, 2014

Cut and Tape a Text

January 20th, 2014|Tags: , |

I love the cut and paste feature of Word, but every now and then, I resort to scissors and tape to arrange a text. Whenever I struggle with structure, I [...]

1 Jan, 2014

Looking Back: My Most Meaningful Read of 2013

January 1st, 2014|Tags: , , |

My most meaningful read of 2013 was, without a doubt, Julia Cameron's The Right to Write. It transformed my understanding of the creative process; it has me writing Morning Pages [...]

30 Dec, 2013

Looking Back & Ahead: A Writer’s Workbook 2014

December 30th, 2013|Tags: |

Download my free 14-page workbook to review and plan your writing life. For the writers among my readers, I have a little gift: my Writer's Workbook 2014 (download it by clicking on [...]

10 Oct, 2013

When Is a Piece of Writing Done?

October 10th, 2013|Tags: |

This very good question came up in my Advanced Memoir class recently, and my answer is twofold: A piece of writing is done when you feel you have been able [...]

7 Oct, 2013

Writing about Real People

October 7th, 2013|Tags: , , , |

Writing about real people, especially family, is probably the number 1 issue writers of personal stories worry about. But it is not just an issue for nonfiction writers... In my [...]

1 Oct, 2013

The Gift of Morning Pages

October 1st, 2013|Tags: |

Writing Morning Pages has become an important daily ritual for me ever since I read Julia Cameron's book The Right to Write. That book was so transformative for me in [...]

22 Jul, 2013

Why Writers are Fortunate

July 22nd, 2013|Tags: , , |

For our June class, my Advanced Memoir Workshop at StoryStudio Chicago read Rosanne Cash's memoir Composed. It's not the kind of memoir I would have chosen to read myself, but [...]

25 Jun, 2013

Anatomy of a Writers Workshop

June 25th, 2013|Tags: |

Adirondack chairs abound on campus At the Kenyon Writers Workshop as a Fellow in Rebecca McClanahan's Literary Nonfiction Workshop, June 2013: Arrival - The friendly reception makes me feel welcome; [...]

6 May, 2013

Patience, A Writer Must Have

May 6th, 2013|Tags: , , |

Patience, the trees seem to say, we're not ready to be green yet. My kids have been into Yoda lately, thus my inverted title, but I really feel that Yoda's [...]

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