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Multimedia Poetry Course at GrubStreet

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During the fall term I had the opportunity to teach Multimedia Poetry, the first multi-week course of its kind to be offered at GrubStreet. In this six-week class we explored and experimented with multimedia poetry—poetry combined with video, still images, audio, typography, animation, movement, live performance, and other content forms. Each week we viewed and discussed example works—many from Moving Poems, as well as other sources—paying close attention to author-made multimedia projects (as opposed to collaborations). We then brainstormed and began drafting or adapting our own poems for the week’s project assignment. Students were encouraged to experiment with whatever tech ...

March 3, 2015 | Holly Thompson

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MuseWorthy: Amanda Palmer

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Have you signed up yet for The Muse and the Marketplace 2015? Now is the time! Every few weeks we'll feature fabulous moments from Muses past to show you just what you have to look forward to. Take a look at Amanda Palmer's keynote from 2013. We're so inspired!

February 19, 2015 | Info

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The How, the Why, and the Wherefore of Publishing My Dad’s Memoir

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Coming up for air on the bumpy self-publishing road.  Bumpy and dusty.  I can finally see emerald towers glistening in the distance.  I hold Émigré in my hands and think back over the journey, which started when my ninety-seven-year-old father passed away, entrusting me with his unpublished memoir.  From 2000 to 2005, I contacted agents and publishing houses. My power query included a first paragraph indicating endorsement from none other than Dwight Macdonald’s wife Nancy, who financed politics, a lit mag popular in the 1940s:

January 27, 2015 | Alexandra Grabbe

Inspiration Self-Publishing

Don’t Ride the Guilt Train

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It’s easy for aspiring writers to feel guilty about writing less during the holidays or other busy times. But wallowing in guilt is counter-productive. Eson Kim speaks with Peter Murphy (Founder of Murphy Writing at Richard Stockton College), Sari Boren (Writer and GrubStreet Instructor), and Katrin Schumann (Author and Editor) about and shaping the right mindset to be more balanced in our writing lives.

January 9, 2015 | Eson Kim

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Like Slow Food, Slow Writing Deepens the Flavor of your Words

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Like so many of us, I used to feel busy all the time. Married with two young children, I lived an interrupt-driven life and rarely escaped into thick books.


Instead, I skimmed. I read the newspaper headlines and flipped through magazines. I scanned the subject lines in my email to determine which ones to actually read. On Facebook, I skipped the long and complicated posts and favor the short bits about my friends’ lives: their plans for dinner, their children’s antics, the thoughts that occupy their minds…the kinds of passing conversations we might have if we lived next door ...

December 5, 2014 | Marie Pechet