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Guest Post: Wrestling with the Headlines by Sidney Williams

Sidney Williams

I once pointed a creative writing student in search of mystery story ideas to a Twitter feed that aggregates crime news from across the country.

“That’s going to depress me all day,” he said.

That wasn’t my intent of course. I hoped headlines would begin a quest by piquing his curiosity and imagination. Sometimes I

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Guest Post: Excerpt from the Book, “Underwater Music” by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Dream of Flute by Iryna Lialko

Breath of wind from the sea flows through your mind, you are both the derelict and the pilgrim, wandering through a memory of yesterday’s dream: a mermaid, alone, her tail stung and stripped by salty caustic waves, each one but a sting on her soul, tenderly

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Guest Post: The Creative Nemesis that Keeps Us Humble and Keeps Us Writing by Irene Thalden

Irene Thalden

This poetry writing is a bitch.

I mean really. You get an idea and you rush to get it down on paper—because, you know, if you put it off, it’s gone. Gone, nowhere to be found again. I heard that Arlo Guthrie (and who knows if he really said this) said creativity is like floating

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Guest Post: Out of Time by Beth Sherman

Beth Sherman

The way you define yourself as a writer is that you write every time you have a free minute. If you didn’t behave that way you would never do anything. – John Irving

We must use time creatively. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

I was at the gynecologist’s office, naked,

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Guest Post: The Importance of Being a Bookworm by Katie Schwartz

Katie Schwartz

Like a lot of people who scribble in notebooks constantly and wear their library cards thin, my early childhood was defined by books. There were books in every room at my grandparents’ house, where I lived until I was six. My grandpa read to me every night before bed, sometimes starting a wild rumpus with

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Choosing Settings for Your Writing by Christa Carmen

Christa Carmen

Think of the last place you visited that really stuck out to you. What was it about the locale that made you connect to the experience? What details of the place did you retain and recall at later, unexpected moments, bridging the gap between the past and the present? These are the kinds of questions

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Guest Post: The Importance of a Writing Community by Francine Witte

Francine Witte

Jack Kerouac famously said “be in love with your life. Every minute of it.” Certainly as writers, we try to embrace this notion. The creating, the expressing, the transformation of thought to word, the sharing of what we do with like-minded artists – all of that feeding our aliveness and love of our craft.

It

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Guest Post: Why I Teach My Creative Writing Courses Like a Good Rock and Roll Show by Ephraim Sommers

Ephraim Sommers

The First Song and Mosh:

The best rock and roll concert I’ve ever witnessed was not Metallica or Korn at the L.A. Coliseum in the summer of 2000. It was not Tool in Bakersfield at the Bill Graham Auditorium in 2006, and it was not Van Halen at the California Mid-State Fair in 2013, nor

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Guest Post: The Quarrel by Debra Young

Debra Young

It never fails. I sit down to write and the blue screen of death flares up in my head, the gears grind to a halt and it’s quiet up there, but for the voice, irritable and argumentative.

What? You want an idea? What? I got no ideas. What do you think I am—an idea machine?

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Guest Post: MFA Myopia: The Pain is in the Details by Elizabeth Mastrangelo

Elizabeth Mastrangelo

I’ve always had trouble stepping back and seeing the big picture.

“Well, no wonder you’re struggling,” my tenth-grade U.S. History teacher said when we met about my failing grade. “You’ve underlined every single sentence in this textbook. You don’t know how to distinguish main ideas from supporting details.”

My eyes burned with tears. “But I

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