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Guest Post: Writing Outreach: Why It Matters by Jen Knox

Jen Knox

The value of creative writing is something that I think about on a daily basis. If my time and energy were depicted in a pie chart, writing would represent the fattest slice. When I’m not writing, teaching writing, or coaching writers, I’m talking about the benefits of community-based writing and coordinating writing workshops. Writing even

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Guest Post: A Virtual Collaboration between Diverse Artists by Sandra Kolankiewicz

Sandra Kolankiewicz

In 2009 I began a novel, When I Fell,with the purpose of shedding baggage I’d been collecting: adapting to my son’s severe autism; resigning my academic job in order to try to give him the best start; accepting my own changing body (I was 40 and 42 when I had my children, physically further

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Guest Post: A Legal Job by Brad Garber

Brad Garber

I have a legal job. There are lots of jobs that have connections to the “legal” world. One could be a legal secretary (the ones who do all of the work), or a paralegal (an animal that is a cross between a secretary and a fully-fledged attorney, and who does almost all of the work),

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Guest Post: Writing at the Brink by Elizabeth Jane Whittington

Elizabeth Jane Whittington

New Hampshire is bipolar this spring. The weather swings from darkly grim to bright. An early melt floods the frosty earth with enough warmth in March to coax tulips and daffodils up through the soil, then sudden cold drops the temperature to near zero in April and throws down snow. Tulip leaves

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Guest Post: The Importance of Hickory-Nut Hunting by W. Royce Adams

W. Royce Adams

Although I’m looking back decades into the ‘50s, I still remember my first college freshman English class assignment. I had been placed in what was then called “dumbbell English,” or Subject A, a course designed for those who didn’t qualify for the regular English credit course. Nervous and anxious enough just being in the class,

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Guest Post: The Domestication of the Poet by Lauren Sartor

Lauren Sartor

The current trend of writing poetry has made it so that more and more poets can sustain a living in the periphery of creative writing. The advent of MFA programs, the uptick of blogs and magazines and the general increased standard of living in the USA have all contributed to this. Although the avenues for

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Guest Post: Becoming a Real Writer: the Creative Writing Major by Colleen Fullin

Colleen Fullin

I recently received an email from a young woman asking for advice. She is a junior at the fine arts high school I attended more than ten years ago. She contacted me at the email address affiliated with my school, a well-known communications and arts school in Boston where I received my MFA and where

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Guest Post: Sea Change or How do you swim wearing weights? by Trina Gaynon

Trina Gaynon

My definition of self is tied to my writing life. As an anchor it’s heavy enough, but its efficiency tends to depend on whether or not new poems are being turned out on a regular basis, without a great deal of added weight given to what the quality of the work is. Some poems need

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Guest Post: On Lena Dunham and Growing Up By Sarah Goncalves

Sarah Goncalves

Maturity has a strange way of sneaking up on you.

A few years ago, I had watched the first few episodes of Girls, written by and starring girls’ girl Lena Dunham. At the time, I lauded it (as many critics have) for the way it depicts, as a kind of humorous expose, the good, the

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Guest Post: Equine Inspiration by Alex Mullarky

Alex Mullarky

Equine Inspiration

When I was growing up I was aware of two distinct sides of my personality developing at the same time. On one side, there was an avid reader and aspiring writer who dreamed of bestselling novels and signing paperbacks. My parents are book lovers and I went to good schools,

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